Recording sessions :
January 22, 1985 : Michael, Lionel Richie, Stevie Wonder & Quincy Jones record a demo version of the song “We Are The World” at Kenny Rogers ‘Lion’s Share Recording Studio in L.A (Michael takes Emmanuel Lewis to the studio) and later they send the demo cassettes to all artistes involved in the recording.
January 28 : Two hours after the American Music Awards, Michael and 44 other artists (including Diana Ross, Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles, LaToya, Jackie, Marlon & Randy) gather secretly for 10 hours at the A&M Recording Studios in L.A to record “We Are The World”.
Label : CBS Epic Records
Release date : March 7, 1985
“We Are the World” (USA for Africa) – 7:14
“Grace” (Quincy Jones) – 4:56
*Worked by MJ during his lifetime. Covers and remixes by other artists are not included.
We Are The World (demo) : Recorded in 1985 with John Barnes & released in 2004 (The Ultimate Collection Box Set).