Raheem DeVaughn Puts “We Are The World 2010″ To Shame

kmurphy / March 2, 2010

The recent star-laden “We Are The World” debacle was such a monumental train wreck, that the well-intentioned Haitian earthquake benefit single had fans asking for their money back. But all snarkiness aside, R&B vocalist Raheem DeVaughn should have been recruited to put together a track worthy of the great people of Haiti. With battles raging on in the Middle East and other parts of the world, the severely underrated vocalist and a few friends have recorded a heartfelt protest record entitled “Nobody Wins A War.”

The song features Jill Scott, Bilal, Anthony Hamilton, Algebra, Chrisette Michelle, Shelby Johnson, Ledisi, Citizen Cope, Dwele, Chico DeBarge and Rudy Currence. Among the timely lyrics: “See soldiers only die/And mama’s only cry/Just for a countries’ flag to fly…” The soaring, soulful cut (it’s hard to remember when such an array of first-rate vocalists were included on one track) will be featured on Devaughn’s new album The Love & War MasterPeace, out today. This is how message music should be done. —Keith Murphy