May 162010
 

from AMERICA’S SONG (single)

written by David Foster, Will.i.am, Jean Baptiste Kouame & George Pajon, Jr.

“America’s Song” is a powerful anthem co-written in January 2009 by David Foster and Will.i.am of Black Eyed Peas to honor the new American president, Barack Obama. The song was also produced and performed by the two music-makers together with superstars Faith Hill, Seal, Mary J. Blige and Bono.“America’s Song” was previewed on “Oprah” during inauguration week in Washington. A group of celebrities including Usher, Scarlett Johnansson, Glenn Close and Forrest Whitaker were present at the taping of the song.

Foster and Will.i.am said that they wrote almost the whole song in a single evening at Foster’s home. Musically, the song is based on Foster’s piano playing that accompanies the various singers’ intense vocal performances. The song develops into a meaningful anthem thanks to Will.i.am’s lyrics and it flies high with a strong, gospel-driven arrangement. All the vocal performances are obviously top notch with Seal and Blige’s amazing soul voices mixed with Bono’s legendary rock feel, Hill’s crystal clear tone and Will.i.am’s rapping. “America’s Song” is just the latest of a series of thought-inspiring anthems that Foster co-wrote during his career like “Voices That Care,” “The Power Of The Dream” and “The Prayer.”


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Lead Vocals: Will.i.am, Faith Hill, Seal, Mary J. Blige & Bono
Piano: David Foster

Produced by David Foster & Will.I.Am


Lyrics

WILL.I.AM

From Delaware to Tennesse to Hawaii
From mountain tops
We have dreams from sea to shining sea
and now here we are

FAITH HILL
We have come
we have prevailed
who so ever dreamed, this is your will
Here we are
Here we are

SEAL ( & FAITH HILL)
At the dawn,
At the morning
Of a brand new day (a brand new day)
For all (for all)
In the spirit of our fathers

SEAL, FAITH HILL AND WILL.I.AM
America
America
America is beautiful (beautiful, yes it is)
My America
Your America
Our America is beautiful

SEAL AND FAITH HILL
And may God (may God)
Keep us together
Cause America (America)
Is beautiful (beautiful)

BONO
May liberty and justice ring for all
Let your dreams stand tall
May opportunities fall upon you
In the land of the free
MARY J. BLIGE
We have come
And we have prevailed
Who so ever dreamed, this is your will
And here we are
Here we are

BONO (& MARY J. BLIGE)

At the stars
And the risen
Of a brand new day (of a brand new day)
For all (for all)
In the spirit of the fathers (spirit of the fathers)
ALL
America
America
America is beautiful (beautiful, yes it is)
My America
Your America
Our America is beautiful

America
America
America is beautiful (beautiful, yes it is)
My America
Your America
Our America is beautiful

America
America
Is beautiful to me