Issaquah Youth Recreate ‘We Are the World’

Issaquah youth are coming together to send a timely message.

Jordan Harnar, a Newport High School junior and a vocal and guitar student at Kaleidoscope School of Music, organized a group of students to recreate the 1985 song, “We Are the World,” to honor the lives of those affected by COVID-19.

“It is inspirational to see our youth stand together!” Kaleidoscope School of Music teacher, Charles McCrone said in a press release.

“We Are the World” was originally written by Lionel Ritchie and Michael Jackson to raise money for famine relief in Africa. It was performed again in 2010 after the earthquake in Haiti.

Harnar, along with 11 other students, recorded their parts separately in their homes. Harnar spent hours learning two new computer programs to create the audio mix and final video.

The video performance is set to air on YouTube on Aug. 31 at 4 p.m.

Harnar and the students hope to encourage the community to donate to UNICEF USA to support the fight against the virus. Harnar also suggested donation options for Black Lives Matter initiatives, recognizing the constant injustices facing Black Americans.

“Your donation will help provide resources that healthcare workers need to provide care to patients of the coronavirus and will help support communities by finding ways to provide online learning to everyone so that young learners can stay home and are protected from the coronavirus,” Harnar said in the press release. “I would also like to recognize that we stand with the Black Lives Matter movement as it is a prevalent issue…and a change needs to happen in order to change the constant injustices that Blacks have to face.”

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