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Wake Up Everybody was a compilation album released to coincide with the 2004 presidential election in the U.S. It featured a variety of musical stars, primarily hip hop and R&B artists, who sing songs to urge young Americans to vote. The executive producers of the album were Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds, Tracey Edmonds, Russell Simmons and Jonathan Lewis. The project was a collaboration with America Coming Together, a political group with the goal of defeating incumbent President George W. Bush.[1][2] Despite this connection, the album was portrayed by its producers as a non-partisan project.[3]

Wake Up Everybody
Compilation album by
Various artists
ReleasedSeptember 16, 2004

In August 2004, the project began with the reworking of "Wake Up Everybody", a 1976 R&B hit song by Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes.[3][2] The new version of the song was released for radio airplay on August 16 and it reached number 119 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs Chart.[4] The song was released for retail purchase in album form on September 16. The artists featured on the song are Missy Elliott, Ashanti, Mariah Carey, Mary J. Blige, Brandy, Wyclef Jean, Monica, P. Diddy, Eve, Lil' Kim, Queen Latifah, Destiny's Child, Usher, Snoop Dogg, Musiq, Justin Timberlake, Jamie Foxx, Rev Run and Russell Simmons. Also on the track are Jadakiss, Fabolous, Toni Braxton, Mýa, Faith Evans, Claudette Ortiz, R. Kelly, Jennifer Lopez, Tamia, Nate Dogg, Robin Thicke, Floetry, Bilal, Jon B, MC Lyte, Jay-Z, Ellie Lawson, Omarion and Raphael Saadiq.[5] The album release includes other reworked songs and also previously released songs.[6][7] It ends with a 50-minute behind-the-scenes documentary on the making of the album, which highlights the remarkable speed with which these artists came together to support the cause.

The Vote For Change tour of September–October 2004, also benefiting America Coming Together (ACT), was joined by Babyface appearing on the same stage as John Mellencamp in six cities, the final performance held with multiple artists at the MCI Center in Washington DC. The various tour dates raised about $10 million for ACT.[8]

Featured artistsEdit

Track listingEdit

  1. "Wake Up Everybody" - Various Artists
  2. "Give Peace a Chance 2004" - Yoko Ono
  3. "Why the Fighting" - Ellie Lawson
  4. "Talking About a Revolution" - Ben Jelen
  5. "Hell to Pay" - Bonnie Raitt
  6. "Freedom" - Jurassic 5
  7. "Fear" - Lenny Kravitz
  8. "Raise This Land" - Freckles featuring Res and Mystic
  9. "Get It Together" - Seal
  10. "Time in Babylon" - Emmylou Harris
  11. "This Land Is Your Land" - Everclear
  12. "Right on Time" - O.A.R.
  13. "Speak No Evil" - Mr. North
  14. "The Wind" - Matt Nathanson
  15. "One Sound" - TLK, Lady Saw, Wayne Wonder, Don Yute and Farena
  16. "Change the World" - Eric Clapton & Babyface


  1. ^ "Blige joins anti-Bush song remake". BBC News. August 11, 2004.
  2. ^ a b Lewis, Randy (August 18, 2004). "Hip-hop, R&b Stars Join For Vote Message". Sun-Sentinel. Los Angeles Times.
  3. ^ a b Lewis, Randy (August 17, 2004). "Hip-hop, R&B artists hope song moves voters to polls". Chicago Tribune. Los Angeles Times.
  4. ^ Top Music Charts - Hot 100 - Billboard 200 - Music Genre Sales
  5. ^ "Babyface Drafts Stars For Pro-Vote Single". Billboard. August 11, 2004.
  6. ^ Orloff, Brian (August 17, 2004). "Ono, Kravitz Wake Up". Rolling Stone.
  7. ^ Abbott, Jim (October 15, 2004). "`Wake Up' Spreads The Word With Style". Orlando Sentinel.
  8. ^ Fricke, David. "Taking It to the Streets". Rolling Stone. August 11, 2004.