Babyface wants everyone to wake up and vote, so he enlisted a superstar cast to cover the R&B classic “Wake Up Everybody” as encouragement. Missy Elliott, Mary J. Blige, Monica, Eve, Brandy, Fabolous, Ashanti, Jadakiss, Wyclef Jean and others all helped out the superstar producer.
Their cover of the Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes classic, announced on Tuesday, hits radio on Monday, and the recording session’s organizer hopes it’ll create a movement for people to vote for change, with all proceeds from the single benefiting the voter mobilization effort America Coming Together. “Wake Up Everybody” also features Omarion, City High’s Claudette Ortiz, Musiq, Faith Evans, Jaheim, Floetry, Raphael Saadiq, Nate Dogg, Ben Jelen, Bilal, MC Lyte and Jamie Foxx.
|“Wake Up Everybody” photos from the recording session|
“This song is the spirit of the country, and all these artists have the will to change it, empower the young voters, and create a movement for people to vote and change the current administration,” Babyface said in a statement. “The message of this song is timeless and especially meaningful in today’s world. This will be a recording event destined to make history and certain to affect change in the November election.”
Babyface organized sessions at New York’s Hit Factory and Los Angeles’ Capitol Records studio to record the all-star cut, which cajoles listeners to “Wake up/ You’ve got the power.” Elliott raps a modernized conclusion: “Yep, we all best to vote/ I don’t care about the guns you tote/ Listen to me like you listen to ’Fahrenheit 9/11’/ Ain’t no time for the second guess/ … Every artist here on this track/ Will make a change here for young cats/ This is for everybody white or black/ You better go and vote and get up off your back.”
A CD with bonus tracks — including Yoko Ono’s “Give Peace a Chance,” Ben Jelen’s “Talkin’ Bout a Revolution,” the Roots’ “Why (What’s Goin On?),” Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Goin’ On,” and Eric Clapton and Babyface’s “Change the World” — will be available in stores September 16. The CD will also include a DVD of the recording of the “Wake Up Everybody” sessions.