Kanye West, Will.I.Am, Stevie Wonder and John Legend are among a number of artists contributing songs to an upcoming fundraising album for Barack Obama.
Titled “We Can: Voices of a Grassroots Movement,” the effort from Hidden Beach Recordings will retail for $24.99 per digital download and $30 for the physical CD with proceeds benefiting Obama’s presidential campaign through Election Day on Nov. 4.
Hidden Beach CEO Steve McKeever, a longtime Obama supporter, said the idea for “Yes We Can” had been in the pipeline for a while.
“We had conversations quite some time ago about how to harness what was happening really organically and naturally with so many artists,” he told the Associated Press. “The whole concept (was) how do we translate that to inspire and invigorate and also give people a keepsake that they can own while at the same time providing some important capital needed for this campaign.”
McKeever said he had over 150 submissions for the CD, a mix of previously-released tunes such as John Mayer’s “Waiting On the World to Change” and Stevie Wonder’s classic “Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours”; and new songs, including Legend’s “Pride in the Name of Love” and “Promised Land,” a song by Malik Yusef featuring Kanye West and Adam Levine of Maroon 5.
To make sure the CD project met federal campaign standards, McKeever said it went through a rigorous vetting process. The Obama campaign purchased the rights to the CD, he said, declining to name the price. The artists on the CD “are all being compensated as fair market value for their services,” he added.
After the election, the CD is due to be released through other outlets and Hidden Beach will reap the profits.