we are the world

We Are The World on YouTube

March 25, 2010 at 5:53 pm , by

Talk about a striking a chord. One of the hottest videos on the web this week is  “We Are the World 25 for Haiti (YouTube Edition).” But there’s no Barbra Streisand. No Celine Dion or Pink. Instead, Canadian-born singer-songwriter Lisa Lavie recruited 57 unknown YouTube musicians from around the globe to collaborate on their very own rendition of the charity single, to raise awareness for Haiti earthquake victims.  “The singers recorded in their bathrooms, their closets, their bedrooms,” says Lavie. “They’re college students, receptionists—they don’t have access to real recording studios.” After “three days and one sleepless night” of editing, Lavie posted her heartfelt rendition on YouTube. To date, it has attracted an impressive 1.8 million views and counting. “I’m really proud of how everybody came together for this video,” says Lavie. “I don’t want people to think we did it for money—no one has made a penny off of it. This was about Haiti relief, and bringing as much awareness to the cause as we could.”