With celebrities from Barbra Streisand and Tony Bennett to Justin Bieber and Lil Wayne getting together to record “We Are the World: 25 for Haiti,” it’s no wonder we’re still hearing stories about what it was like to be in the studio. Australian guitar virtuoso and pop star Orianthi, who used to work with Michael Jackson, still seemed a little starstruck about the experience.
“I just was a part of the ‘WATW’ remake, which was just crazy — being in that atmosphere where you’re singing next to Heart and the Beach Boys, and then Lionel Richie is there with Quincy Jones,” she told MTV News.
At the recording session, the 25-year-old also had a chance to catch up with an old friend and idol. “[Carlos] Santana was there, and he was playing guitar, and I actually play guitar on it as well, so it was just really surreal.”
Orianthi explained that she performed with the guitar legend when she was 18. “We caught up, that was awesome,” she said. “He’s the reason why I picked up electric guitar when I was 11, and I got to jam with him when I was 18, and he’s been so supportive since then. It’s always great to catch up with him and chat. He’s such a wise person and full of great insight. He’s really funny too.”
As great as it was to work toward a good cause with so many stars, Orianthi had one complaint: the temperature of the room. “I think it was for such a great cause, so everyone was just happy to be there, just mingling, just chatting and a great atmosphere,” she said. “You got a bit of a break. It was so hot in that room. We were fanning ourselves with ‘WATW’ sheets.
“It was just really cool, and I got people to sign my music sheet,” she was quick to add. “I’ve got it at home, and I was looking at the signatures — so many incredible people.”