This is a trailer for A MusiCares Tribute to Barbra Streisand, a collection of never-before-seen performances available on DVD and Blu-ray for the first time today! On February 11, 2011, Barbra Streisand was honored as the MusiCares® Person of the Year. At a gala event in Los Angeles, Barbra and an all-star cast of guests including Tony Bennett, Faith Hill, Diana Krall, Barry Manilow, Seal, Stevie Wonder and more performed many of the songs she made famous throughout her illustrious career.
Listen to Barbra Streisand sing “I Think It’s Going To Rain Today.” The song will be included on the album Release Me, a collection of previously unreleased songs spanning a cross-section of her career from 1963 to present.
“I Think It’s Going To Rain Today” was recorded in 1971 during the Stoney End sessions. Randy Newman, who wrote the track, accompanies on piano. The recording was done in one take while the pair were testing out some of Newman’s songs to potentially include on the Stoney End album. Release Me will be available on Vinyl September 25th and CD October 9th.
The new recording features production by popular producers RedOne and Will.i.am. Some of the artists in the 100-member choir assembled by Quincy Jones are Pink, Lil Wayne, Eminem, AR Rahman, Kanye West, Jonas Brothers, LL Cool J, Robin Thicke, Celine Dion, Akon, Rob Thomas, Wyclef Jean, Jeff Bridges, Vince Vaughn, Barbra Streisand, Jordin Sparks, Good Charlotte’s Madden brothers, Tony Bennett, Josh Groban, Snoop Dogg, Steve Saville, Jennifer Hudson, Britney Spears, Keri Hilson, Jamie Foxx, Tyrese, Katharine McPhee, Sean Garrett, Will.i.am, Brandy, Carlos Santana, Melanie Fiona, Enrique Iglesias, Toni Braxton, Cameron Bell, Jason Mraz, Miley Cyrus, Busta Rhymes, Nicole Scherzinger, Justin Bieber, Nicole Richie, Jay-Z, Usher, Julianne Hough, Raphael Saadiq, Zac Brown, India.Arie, Janet Jackson, Beyonce, Randy Jackson, Musiq Soulchild, Heart’s Ann and Nancy Wilson, Fonzworth Bentley, Kid Cudi, Iyaz, Bizzy Bone, Nipsey Hussle, the Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson and Al Jardine, Trey Songz, Taylor Swift, Selena Gomez, Mya, Carrie Underwood and Gladys Knight. Other artists will be confirmed in an official press release.
It has also just been confirmed that Janet Jackson will be recording her brother Michael’s lines from the song. Oscar-winning filmmaker Paul Haggis directed the music video of the session.
The song will premiere Friday, February 12, during the opening ceremony of the 2010 Winter Olympics. Click below for a video of the event.