Yes We Can: Obama Campaign Comp CD

 

Cross-genre who’s-who of stars come out to contribute
to inspiring collection.

 

By Blurt Staff

 

 

Inspired by the grassroots
movement created by Barack Obama’s historic presidential run and his call for
“Change We Can Believe In,” Hidden Beach Recordings (HBR) has
assembled a first-of-its-kind music compilation featuring an array of artists
and material that reflects America’s
diversity and taps into the creative community’s overwhelming response to the
campaign’s universal themes of hope, unity and change.

 

 

The 18-song disc, Yes We Can: Voices of a Grassroots Movement,
borrows its name from one of the campaign’s central messages and boasts a
stellar collection of artists from across genres, including such renowned
multi-platinum performers as Stevie Wonder, Sheryl Crow, John Mayer, Kanye
West, Jill Scott, Los Lonely Boys, Jackson Browne, BeBe Winans, Lionel Richie,
Adam Levine, Keb’ Mo’ and John Legend. The project features current and classic
material as well as new music heard here for the first time along with speech
excerpts from the Democratic nominee, which are embedded throughout the
project. The full track listing is below; 11 of the 18 songs with versions
exclusive to this album.

 

 

Yes We Can: Voices of a Grassroots Movement is available via both digital download and hardcopy
CD exclusively on the Obama campaign’s official website (www.BarackObama.com , with all proceeds
benefiting the campaign’s fundraising efforts. Following the November 4th
election, the disc will be made available beginning November 11 via Hidden Beach’s
website as well as at retail outlets worldwide.  Plans call for Hidden Beach
to donate a portion of the proceeds to a number of charitable organizations as
voted on by fans who purchase the CD.

 

 

Spearheaded by Hidden Beach
CEO and Founder Steve McKeever, Yes We
Can
came about as a result of a broad-based and increasingly urgent desire
by artists and other conscious individuals to join in the grassroots efforts to
bring about positive change. Hidden Beach–widely respected for innovation,
quality and a commitment to social empowerment–was considered the logical
place to harness this energy and bring this project to light. 

 

 

The call for material and
participation inspired more than 150 submissions from some of the industry’s
most respected, talented and accomplished artists hailing from all music forms
and backgrounds.   Whether current hits, new tunes or classic tracks,
central to the material chosen for Yes We
Can
are the songs paralleling the Obama campaign’s core ideas of
patriotism, perseverance and a sense of shared responsibility, among other
concepts defining this historic movement.

 

 

“This year’s election
has inspired unprecedented enthusiasm and activism. Obama supporters from
Nevada to New Hampshire are finding their own way to get involved–volunteering
to knock on doors, registering new voters, and artists have created new works,
including posters, sculptures, and music,” said Obama campaign spokeswoman
Moira Mack, in a statement. “With the stakes so high and November right
around the corner, we are thankful to all the Obama supporters who are
communicating the importance of voting in this election.”

 

 

Added McKeever, “Thanks
to the hard working staff at the entire Obama campaign along with the help of
some of the world’s top artists and industry professionals, we’ve created what
we believe to be the first-ever presidential campaign compilation. The
incredible response by the creative community to this project underscores how
deeply inspiring this campaign has been across boundaries.  The artists
involved truly reflect America’s
diversity, and speak to a real grassroots approach to affecting change, and the
music really underscores how much more this country has in common than it has
differences.”

 

 

Included on Yes We Can: Voices of a Grassroots Movement:
John Mayer’s Waiting On
The World To Change,” BeBe Winans’ “I Have A Dream,” Jill Scott’s “One Is The Magic,” Jackson Browne’s Looking East,” Sheryl Crow’s “Out Of Our Heads,” Los
Lonely Boys’ “Make It
Better,” Keb’ Mo’s “America
The Beautiful,” Yolanda Adams’ “Hold On,” Ozomatli’s “Love & Hope” and Stevie Wonder’s legendary tune
and official Obama-Biden Campaign anthem “Sign,
Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours.”  Several of these songs
are now worked into unique “Obama” versions featuring some inspiring
speech excerpts from the campaign trail.

 

 

New music featured on the
music compilation includes Lionel Richie’s “Eternity,” Dave Stewart’s “American Prayer,” John Legend’s “Pride In The Name Of Love,”
Suai’s “Am I All Alone?”
Ken Stacey’s “America,” Malik Yusef’s
Promised Land,”
featuring Kanye West and Maroon 5’s Adam Levine, and Shontelle’s “Battle Cry.”

 

 

Samples of the material and
additional background on Yes We Can:
Voices of a Grassroots Movement
can be found at the official Hidden Beach
website.

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Track List:

 

**Eternity

Lionel Richie+

Signed, Sealed,
Delivered I’m Yours

Stevie Wonder

**Waiting On
The World To Change

John Mayer+

American Prayer

Dave Stewart#

**Battle Cry

Shontelle+

**Make It
Better

Los Lonely
Boys+

**Pride, In The
Name of Love

John Legend+

I Have A Dream

Bebe Winans#

**Am I All
Alone?

Suai+

**One Is The
Magic #

Jill Scott+

**Love and Hope

Ozomatli+

Looking East

Jackson Browne

Out Of Our
Heads

Sheryl Crow

**Promised Land

Malik Yusef
w/Kanye West and Adam Levine

Hold On

Yolanda Adams

**America The
Beautiful

Keb’ Mo’+

**America

Ken Stacey

Wide River To Cross

Buddy Miller+

 

 

Note:   
+ indicates excerpts of speeches from Senator Barack Obama

           
# indicates excepts of speeches from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

           
** indicates songs with versions exclusive to this album

 

 

 

 

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