Sheik Michael Jackson’s spokesperson says he has been indeed rocking the casbah from his new home in Bahrain, and that his new Hurricane Karina relief song will be released this month with contributions from twelve other stars.
Jakckson is using global satellite and phone connections to work with participating artists — including Mariah Carey, R. Kelly, James Brown, Snoop Dogg, Jay-Z, Lenny Kravitz, Wyclef Jean and Missy Elliott — from his base in the Middle East, said Raymone Bain. She added, “It’s midnight at the oasis, put your camel to bed” – okay, I made that last part up.
Bain said Jackson, who is writer and producer of the recording, has rewritten the song several times and that it was no longer titled “From the Bottom of My Heart.” Bain denied rumors that the new name is “Katrina Blows” – okay, I made that up too.
Proceeds from the single will go to three funds: the Bill Clinton-George Bush Katrina Fund, the Push-Excel Hurricane Katrina College Relief Fund and a fund set up by the National Association of Recording Arts and Sciences.
Bain added, “All that remains is for two or three more artists to do their tracks, and Michael will then add his vocals. He is now on the fast track, and we’re happy with the progress.”
Jackson was a driving force (and co-writer with Lionel Richie) behind USA for Africa’s “We Are the World,” the superstar collaboration from ’85 that raised millions in aid for that drought-stricken continent.