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Jackson says Carey to perform on Katrina song

James Brown, Snoop Dogg and Jay Z reportedly will also play on single
/ Source: Reuters

Michael Jackson has recruited pop superstar Mariah Carey, rappers Snoop Dogg and Jay Z, “Godfather of Soul” James Brown and other top artists to perform on a charity single for the victims of Hurricane Katrina, his spokeswoman said Monday.

Also joining Jackson will be retro-rocker Lenny Kravitz; rappers Wyclef Jean, Laryn Hill and Missy Elliott; R&B crooners Ciara, Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds, Yolanda Adams, R. Kelly and Mary J. Blige; and 1970s soul icons the O’Jays, spokeswoman Raymone Bain said.

“Mr. Jackson is continuing to reach out to artists who would like to work with him on this project, which he humbly hopes will make a tremendous difference to all individuals who have been affected by this tragedy, Bain said.

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Jackson, who raised more than $60 million for African famine relief in the mid-1980s with a campaign built around his anthem “We Are the World,” announced last week that he had been moved by images of Katrina’s devastation to write a song for the hurricane’s victims.

Bain has said that the 47-year-old singer, who left his Neverland Valley Ranch in California for Bahrain after his June acquittal on sex abuse charges, will return to the United States to record the song, tentatively titled “From the Bottom of My Heart.”

All proceeds will be donated to hurricane victims, she said.