Democratic presidential candidate Senator Barack Obama has notched plenty of firsts in his historic run for the White House. But starting on Friday, his campaign went into uncharted musical territory with the release of Yes We Can: Voices of a Grassroots Movement.
The album, which benefits his campaign, features previously released songs from John Mayer (“Waiting on the World to Change”) and Stevie Wonder (“Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours”), a new track from John Legend (a cover of U2’s Martin Luther King Jr. homage “Pride (In the Name of Love)”) and a song by Malik Yusef featuring Kanye West and Adam Levine of Maroon 5 (“Promised Land”).
Also included on the disc are previously released songs by BeBe Winans (“I Have a Dream”), Jill Scott (“One Is the Magic #”), Jackson Browne (“Looking East”), Sheryl Crow (“Out of Our Heads”), Los Lonely Boys (“Make It Better”), Keb’ Mo’ (“America the Beautiful”), Yolanda Adams (“Hold On”) and Ozomatli (“Love and Hope”). Among the other new tracks are Lionel Richie’s “Eternity,” former Eurythmics instrumentalist Dave Stewart’s “American Prayer,” Suai’s “Am I All Alone,” Ken Stacey’s “America” and Shontelle’s “Battle Cry.”
Taking its name from the Obama campaign slogan, the 18-track CD — which features excerpts from some of Obama’s speeches between tracks — is available exclusively through Obama’s Web site at $24.99 for a digital download and $30 for a physical disc. Proceeds will help fund Obama’s campaign.