One World. One Song. Your Voice.
In the first phase of the newly developed We Are 1 World Project, renowned recording artist Jason McCoy announces the release of ‘We Are One’, a powerful message of hope, recorded by world-renowned musicians and singers in isolation from across the world. The COVID-19 virus started with one person and has spread to all parts of the globe, affecting the health and well-being of the entire planet, and “We Are One”, is a song of unity, to celebrate the power of one, together in isolation.
The We Are 1 World Project is the brainchild of Jason McCoy, songwriter and lead singer of award-winning band The Road Hammers and Jim Payetta, part-time songwriter and businessman who is one of the owners of an OHL Hockey team, The Barrie Colts. The first version of the song ‘We Are One’ is being released from Jason McCoy and Friends.
“It’s amazing how the thing that is keeping us apart, is in some ways, actually bringing us closer together. My friend Jim and I wrote ‘We Are One’ to help raise much-needed funds for the Covid 19 relief effort. The first guest we called was the Harlem Gospel Choir, who recorded their parts in isolation from the American Epicentre of the outbreak in New York, I then reached out to some musician friends from around the world to submit their parts, and the support we got was overwhelming. Now we’re sending the song out into the world, for free, and asking people to put THEIR voice on it. I can’t wait to see where this goes,” said Jason McCoy.
“By asking people around the world to download the tracks at our website, then make the song their own, we’re hoping to highlight the fact, that although we may be in different parts of the world, we are all connected on this planet, and we are truly One,” he added.
With all proceeds from the song going towards The Red Cross COVID-19 Relief Effort, including International Red Cross and Global Citizen, “We Are One” aims to create awareness, hope, joy, and raise much-needed funds and demonstrate The Power of One. From Canada, Sweden, Greece, Australia to across the USA, world-renowned musicians lent their time and talent, proving that music is the universal language.
Musicians and singers around the world are encouraged to visit the official We Are 1 World website to watch the video, learn the song, then download the lyrics and one of three versions of the backing tracks for free. Once they have performed and recorded their own version of the song, even if they record it on their phones, they will release their own version by uploading to YouTube and sharing on their own social platforms using the hashtag #weare1worldsong. The goal of the initiative is to have as many different versions, in as many languages as possible, shared around the world.
“Whether you are a hobby artist, or you are an established well-known artist that will arrange and record your own version in your home studio, or if you just like to sing in the shower, we want to see as many different versions of the song as possible. If ever there was an event that shows us we are all connected, that we all share this one planet, this is it. What better way to use the power of music,” said Jim Payetta.
Listen to ‘We Are One’ at www.weare1world.net or on the YouTube channel, @weare1world.
A special thanks to those who participated in the initial version:
Jason McCoy – Vocals – Canada
Harlem Gospel Choir – Vocals – New York, USA
Ed Robertson – Vocals, Bare Naked Ladies – Toronto, Canada
Tim Hicks – Vocals, Recording Artist – Canada
Greg Morrow – Drums. Amy Grant/Session – Nashville, USA
Rob McNeely – Guitar Session – Nashville, USA
Deric Ruttan – Vocals, Artist/Writer – Nashville, USA
Gordie Johnson – Guitar, Big Sugar – Texas, USA
Darren Savard – Guitar Session – British Columbia
Pavlo Simtikidis – Guitar Session – Toronto, Canada
Mark Goldenberg – Guitar, Jackson Brown – Los Angeles, USA
Kevin Young – Keys, Moist – Toronto, Canada
Hayley Jensen – Vocals, Australian Idol – Australia
Carolyn Dawn Johnson – Vocals, Artist/Session – Nashville, USA
Zoe Tiganouria – Keys, Artist/Session – Greece
Chris Byrne – Bass, The Road Hammers – Calgary, Canada
Jessica Falk – Piano, Artist/Session – Sweden
Scott Baggett – Production – Canada & USA
Beaumont Didier – Vocals – France
Clayton Bellamy – Vocals, The Road Hammers – Canada
Stephen Broadhurst – Drums, The Road Hammers – Canada
Russell Broom – Guitar, Producer – Canada
Dan Davidson – Vocals – Canada
Adam Harvey – Vocals – Australia
Hunter Brothers – Vocals – Canada
David Kalmusky – Vocals – Canada & USA
Matty McKay – Guitar – Canada
Mr.Jay – European Union Band – Europe
Aaron Prichett – Vocals – Canada
Raghav – Vocals – India
SaltbushSix – Vocals – Australia
Darren Savard – Guitar, Dallas Smith/Session – Canada
Tara Slone – Vocals – Canada
Donations can be made to the Red Cross Covid 19 Relief Effort via www.weare1world.net