Cherie Currie (The Runaways) and Dave Schulz (Goo Goo Dolls, etc.) have teamed up for a cover of Jackie DeShannon’s “What The World Needs Now Is Love.” The performance also features: Tony Levin (King Crimson, etc.), Eliza James (Burt Bacharach, Paul Anka), Randy Cooke (Ringo Starr, etc.), Sharlotte Gibson (Nine Inch Nails, etc.), Julie Ragins (Moody Blues, Queen Latifah), and Matthew King Ross (David Foster, Barbara Streisand).
“Driving back from my sister Marie’s house in Henderson, Nevada over July 4th weekend, I was listening to the ‘Forrest Gump’ soundtrack Marie had gifted me. When ‘What The World Needs Now Is Love’ came on, I put it on repeat to sing along. I was struck with how prevalent this song is, especially today. Right at that moment, Dave Schulz called me and I shared my thoughts on the song. ‘Let’s do it!’ and Dave set off on making this possible. His talent as a producer and player are so obvious as to why he has had the successful career he has. Dave Schulz brought in wonderful players! Even the violinist who worked with Burt Bacharach. The final key was reaching out to my longtime friend, vocalist Julie Ragins, to complete the chill factor on the end of the song. My dear friend and publicist Ken Phillips was onboard from the start, stating this was a timeless song in a time where what we REALLY need is love. Love created this. From our hearts to the world. Love really is the answer!”
“During the lockdown, I have been producing an entertaining and quirky series of ‘quarantine-style’ songs/videos for my YouTube channel and had randomly said to Cherie, ‘Let’s do a duet!’ She immediately got excited because she happened to be driving along at that exact moment …and had heard ‘What The World Needs Now Is Love’ (Jackie DeShannon’s version of the Burt Bacharach classic) in her car and thought what a great message that would be for our times. Of course, I was ecstatic at the idea. I’m a HUGE Burt Bacharach fan and couldn’t agree with her more. I immediately enlisted a few of my favorite session musicians/friends. It truly was a blast to create, and I think it’s great for Cherie, especially, since it’s not something her fans will expect from her. We’re so excited about it…we may even do an entire album like this!”
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