News: Will.i.am & Mary J. Blige Debut "America's Song" On "The Oprah Winfrey Show"
Tuesday, Jan 20, 2009 2:50PM
Black Eyed Peas' Will.i.am and Mary J. Blige premiered a new Barack Obama-inspired song on Monday's airing of "The Oprah Winfrey Show."
The collaboration featured vocals from award-winning performers.
Bono, Will.i.am, Mary J. Blige, Seal and Faith Hill premiered a new patriotic song, "America's Song," Sunday (January 18) during a special edition of "The Oprah Winfrey Show" from Washington, D.C.'s Kennedy Center. The episode aired Monday; "America's Song," which was written by will.i.am and David Foster, will be available for free download for 24 hours on Oprah.com. (Billboard)
Star-studded guests were found throughout the crowd.
Justin Timberlake, Usher, Scarlett Johansson, Forrest Whitaker, Glen Close, Angela Bassett, Bebe Winans, WMG head Lyor Cohen and WMG executive Kevin Liles were also in attendance for the taping. "We all of a sudden have swagger. America, we're cool now," Timberlake said of his feelings about the inauguration of Barack Obama. (USA Today)
The producer explained the significance of his new record.
"The meaning of this song is being proud of America," will.i.am said to Oprah. "I wanted to write the new American anthem for this day and age -- for this generation." (US Magazine)
Will.i.am is known for creating message-driven songs.
The music video "Yes We Can" premiered on ABCNewsNow's "What's the Buzz" February 2008. It was inspired, will.i.am told ABC's Alisha Davis, by Sen. Barack Obama's presidential campaign and in particular by the speech he gave after the New Hampshire primary. (ABC News)