Nick Jonas honoured to sing on ‘We Are the World’
Even for Nick Jonas, there comes a time to heed a certain call.
The youngest member of the JoBros — who stepped into the solo spotlight this week with his funky second album Who I Am, backed by his new band The Administration — was one of 80 musical stars who gathered in a Hollywood studio on Monday to remake We Are the World, this time in support of Haitian earthquake relief.
The session — held nearly 25 years to the day after the original version was recorded in the same studio to benefit African famine victims — was headed by original producer Quincy Jones, but featured a roster loaded with contemporary talents such as Pink, Lil Wayne, Jennifer Hudson and Jason Mraz.
Here’s what 17-year-old heartthrob and teen-pop superstar Jonas thought of the event.
Tell me about taking part in We Are the World. What was it like?
It was a truly incredible experience. Celine Dion was, like, right next to me and will.i.am was to my left, and Kanye was there. It was just insane — I mean, just absolutely insane. To be a part of such a legendary song and a legendary recording was such an honour.
Was there anybody that you were starstruck to meet?
Not really. The funny thing is, I’ve met most of them before. But it was pretty crazy; Brian Wilson was there. I didn’t get to meet him. I don’t know if he met anybody. But it was amazing to see him.
Did you get a solo line in the song?
I did, actually. I got Billy Joel’s line, which was pretty cool. It’s the last line of the first verse: “And the truth, you know love is all we need.”
I saw that Justin Bieber was there. He’s starting out on a similar career path to the Jonas Brothers; do you have any advice for him?
I think that he’s doing a good job so far. And it’s interesting to see the path that he’s on, because it is similar the one that my brothers and I have experienced. But I hope the best for him, and I really hope that he enjoys each moment of it, because it is an amazing ride that he’ll be on.