In 1985, most of the music industry’s biggest names got together in the studio with some of Hollywood’s most famous faces to record “We Are the World” to raise money to fight famine in Africa. Now, 25 years later, musicians and actors have once again teamed up to record a remake of the tune to benefit the earthquake-ravaged nation of Haiti.
“I don’t know [about a solo]. What’s so funny about that? When you think of raising money with singing, obviously I’m going to be sitting there,” actor Vince Vaughn joked.
When asked which voice part he’d be providing on the song, Vaughn noted that he isn’t a tenor. “You know, I’m a lot of things, so I don’t like to limit myself,” he said. “And you know I can finger-point, but I point with my eyes — if you watch in the video you see my eyes going up and down a lot and that’s just me grooving with the music.
“I remember two things from my childhood,” Vaughn continued about his memories of the single. “One, when we first discovered electricity — that was exciting and when we stopped riding horses to school when we actually had those moving cars. I thought, ‘That’s pretty amazing.’ And then we heard this song. I remember all of the parts of that song and I remember enjoying it. Like I said before, I think it is a beautiful prayer, that song that was done, and I think tonight was very special as well.”
All joking aside, Vaughn revealed why he wanted to participate in the remake. “Honestly, for me, I felt very grateful to be included and unfortunately sometimes it takes these kinds of things to bring people together,” he explained. “But I think the great thing, and I’m very happy to be an actor, but music is the highest art form. Music can take you the farthest, the fastest emotionally in the quickest time.
“And I think all songs on some level are prayers, so to come and say a prayer with all these very talented people tonight was a great thing to do,” he continued. “I knew why everyone was here tonight, sincerely, and I thought it was great everyone came out tonight and that was really, really special.”