#SING4LIFE – Featuring Bono, will.i.am, Jennifer Hudson and YOSHIKI

will.i.am has released an uplifting track “# SING4LIFE” on his YouTube channel, created in collaboration with artists such as Bono, Jennifer Hudson and YOSHIKI.

“# SING4LIFE” is based on a song written by Bono, impressed by the Italian people singing together from roofs and balconies, who isolated because of COVID-19.

As soon as Bono wrote the song, he uploaded a solo version on U2 Instagram and worked with will.i.am to complete the track with his longtime friends YOSHIKI and Jennifer Hudson.

Upon receiving the offer, YOSHIKI wrote the scored the piano part immediately and recorded it two hours later.

Upon receiving the offer, YOSHIKI wrote the score immediately and completed the piano recording two hours later.

“# SING4LIFE” was created over the Internet by four artists in different locations around the world.

will.i.am explained the mission of this song on his Instagram.

“When you see empty streets…The empty streets shouldn’t make you feel depressed or afraid…When you see empty streets during these times, try to feel love…The empty streets is a sign that humanity is doing the right thing…”

will.i.am also gratefully thanked his collaborators: “Thank you for kicking this off and writing a beautiful song # BONO @ U2 … Lend your talent and large heart Thank you @iamjhud and @yoshikiofficial … ”

YOSHIKI posted his own message to fans on his Instagram: “I know you are trying hard to restrain yourself to fight against this virus. I believe that your effort… everyone’s effort, will affect the entire human race. We will overcome, we can do this together. I’m praying for your health and safety.”

Lyrics  #SING4LIFE

Yes there was silence

Yes there was no people here

Yes I walked through the streets of Dublin

and no-one was near

We all wait for the science

To make everything clear

Now I walk down the streets of London Town

It seems like everyone’s disappeared

Oh – No one to reach

But I can ring

You can’t touch

But you can, you can sing

Across rooftops

Sing down the phone

Sing and promise me you won’t stop

Sing your love, be known, oh –

let your love be known

Everybody talkin’ ‘bout isolation

Everybody tryin’ not to feel the fear

The times got me worried ‘bout my occupation

And I can’t buy tissue for my tears

And maybe I’ve said the wrong thing

(No you didn’t no you didn’t)

Yes I made you smile

Everybody talkin’ ‘bout social distancing

But we just wanna go in the crowd

And just dance away the pain

But you can’t touch

But you can, you can sing

Across rooftops

Sing down the phone

Sing and promise me you won’t stop

Sing and you’re never alone.

And again

Sing as an act of resistance

Sing though your heart is overthrown

When you sing there is no distance

So let your love be known, oh let your love be known

Though your heart is overthrown

Let your love be known

Oh let your love be known

Though your heart is overthrown

Let your love show

YOSHIKI – composer, classically-trained pianist, rock drummer, and the leader of the rock group X JAPAN – decided to stay in his Los Angeles home during the current outbreak instead of returning to Japan. He has been one of the artists on the forefront of aiding international communication about the coronavirus.

Last week, YOSHIKI hosted a conversation with Nobel Laureate Shinya Yamanaka (Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine and director of the Center for iPS Cell Research) to discuss worldwide health concerns.

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