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Calgarians help put together star-studded song from artists around the globe - The Chronicle Herald

Article by Eric Volmers

Jason McCoy reckons the pieces all came together on Friday, April 17 at about 8:50 a.m.

By 9 a.m., the video for We Are One World was out in the world.

“We got it done with literally minutes to spare,” says McCoy, the Ontario-based producer, songwriter and lead vocalist of country act The Road Hammers.

The song, which was co-written by McCoy and Ontario businessman and co-owner of the OHL’s Barrie Colts Jim Payetta, was meant to recognize “unity, to celebrate the power of one, together in isolation.” Within five days of McCoy hatching the idea, We Are One World had travelled the globe and picked up high-profile participants from Australia, Sweden, Greece and the U.S., not to mention homegrown stars such as Ed Robertson from the Barenaked Ladies, Moist keyboard player Kevin Young, The Hunter Brothers, Aaron Pritchett, Calgary’s Raghav, guitarist Pavlo, former Joydrop singer and current co-host of Hometown Hockey Tara Slone and McCoy’s fellow Road Hammers bandmates Clayton Bellamy, Stephen Broadhurst and Calgary’s Chris Bryne, among others.

Members of the Harlem Gospel Choir chimed in from New York City. Nashville session players such as drummer Greg Morrow and guitarist Rob McNeely contributed, as did Jackson Browne’s guitarist Mark Goldenberg, Australian Idol star Hayley Jensen, Greek accordion player Zoe Tiganouria and expat Canadians such as Deric Ruttan, Carolyn Dawn Johnson and Big Sugar’s Gordie Johnson. All told, more than 40 artists worldwide contributed to the initial song, which is helping raise funds for the Red Cross COVID-19 Relief Effort. All artists recorded their parts at home and sent them in.

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