As soon as Bono wrote this song, he uploaded a solo version to U2’s Instagram, and collaborated with will.i.am, who turned to his longtime friends YOSHIKI and Jennifer Hudson to complete the track.
YOSHIKI accepted the offer and wrote the score immediately, completing the piano recording two hours later. “#SING4LIFE” was created by the four artists from their separate locations across the globe through their communication via internet.
will.i.am described the song’s mission on Instagram: “When you see empty streets…The empty streets shouldn’t make you feel depressed or afraid…When you see empty streets during these times, try to feel love…The empty streets is a sign that humanity is doing the right thing…”
will.i.am also thanked his collaborators: “Thank you #BONO @U2for kicking this off and writing a beautiful song… thank you @iamjhudand @yoshikiofficialfor lending your talents and massive hearts…”
YOSHIKI added his own message to fans on Instagram: “I know you are trying hard to restrain yourself to fight against this virus. I believe that your effort… everyone’s effort, will affect the entire human race. We will overcome, we can do this together. I’m praying for your health and safety.”
YOSHIKI – composer, classically-trained pianist, rock drummer, and the leader of the rock group X JAPAN – decided to stay in his Los Angeles home during the current outbreak instead of returning to Japan. He has been one of the artists on the forefront of aiding international communication about the coronavirus.
Last week, YOSHIKI hosted a conversation with Nobel Laureate Shinya Yamanaka (Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine and director of the Center for iPS Cell Research) to discuss worldwide health concerns. The video was streamed worldwide on Yoshiki Channel International and is available now on YouTube: https://youtu.be/yckQnJp9fp8