Live Performances will.i.am Accompanied by John
Legend (piano), Agape Choir, and band at the 2008 Democrat
But rarely have celebrities and musicians banded
together to create new music in the heat of a presidential campaign.
The Black Eyed Peas' frontman, songwriter and producer
known as will.i.am, along with director and filmmaker Jesse Dylan,
son of another socially active musician, Bob Dylan, released a
new song Friday that attempts to do just that.
The music video includes excerpts from the Obama
speech and appearances from a range of celebrities including:
Scarlett Johansson, John Legend, Herbie Hancock, Kate Walsh,
Kareem Abdul Jabbar, Adam Rodriquez, Kelly Hu, Adam Rodriquez,
Amber Valetta and Nick Cannon.
New Celeb-Filled Music Video for
Obama Song from Black Eyed Peas' will.i.am Inspired by Obama Speech
Feb. 2, 2008
WASHINGTON - Sen. Barack Obama's advertising team
is getting some friendly competition from film pros with some
Oscar clout like Ben Affleck and Matt Damon.
"The spirit of the contest is to put into video
form what it is that you think will help push Obama over the top,"
said Iliyse Hogue, the campaign director for MoveOn.org Political
Action. "It's a great thing for aspiring ad makers and film makers
who want to participate in a meaningful way."
Participants in the "Obama in 30 Seconds" contest
will have until April 1 to submit their entries. MoveOn members,
which the organization places at 3.2 million people, will be able
to vote on their favorites by watching them on the MoveOn Web
site. The top 15 entries will then be judged by a panel of liberal
activists, recording artists and Hollywood notables.
Among them will be Affleck and Damon, both Academy
Award-winning actors and writers. Also judging will be actor Steve
Buscemi, film director Oliver Stone, singer songwriters Moby,
Eddie Vedder and John Legend, civil rights leader Jesse
Jackson and hip-hop entrepreneur Russell Simmons.
Movie stars help with Obama ad
Film and music celebrities to judge 'Obama in 30 Seconds' entries
updated 3:21 p.m. ET, Thurs., March. 13, 2008
Kanye West and Sheryl Crow are among the big names
heard singing on a new CD that will raise money for Barack Obama's
They're joined by Stevie Wonder, John Legend
and other stars on "Yes We Can: Voices of a Grassroots Movement,"
available this Friday exclusively through the Obama campaign,
says the Associated Press.
Kanye West and Other Stars Sing
for Barack Obama
Posted September 19, 2008 12:50:00 PM