In honor of FLASHBACK FRIDAY, I decided to take a trip waaaaay back! You may be aware of all the hoopla surrounding the “We Are the World” remix for Haiti last week, but weren’t even BORN during the Children of the World project! The project, circa 1985 was formed by Sonny Melendez, a radio host that had a vision of children singing the song.
Producer George Duke jumped aboard with a few other legendary musicians and the Children of the World Project grew into something that made Michael very proud:
“I had thought that song should be sung by children. When I finally heard children singing it on producer George Duke’s version, I almost cried. It’s the best version I’ve heard.” – Michael Jackson
As the project celebrates it’s 25th year, it’s fun to see how some of the kids involved evolved into superstars! Watch the video below and see if you recognize a few…
Some are obvious…like Drew Barrymore and Kim Fields. Alphons Ribiero & Alyssa Milano were even recognizable.
But can you recognize this kid:
That little girl is none other that Fergie from the Black Eyed Peas!
Story behind the project:
As my radio alarm clock went off one morning in March of 1985 I was awakened by the pure voice of a child singing the words, “We are the world. We are the children.” In my groggy state, I remember thinking to myself that I wish I had thought of that obvious idea: A children’s version of the worldwide anthem – We Are The World.
Then, as I gained consciousness, I realized that the “child” I had heard was, in fact, Michael Jackson and what I was listening to was the original recording.
I sprang out of bed and called my producer. That afternoon, on my KMGG Radio show, I shared my vision of gathering the most talented children in Los Angeles and giving them the opportunity for them to do their part for the charity created to benefit those starving in Ethiopia – USA For Africa.
The response was overwhelming to say the least. Hundreds of parents and kids called wanting to be a part of the idea.
The Children of the World Project was born. (READ MORE)