DJ Cassidy releases the uplifting PASS THE MIC today. Well known for his mega birthday parties with surprise iconic performances from legendary artists, Cassidy was inspired during quarantine to celebrate in a different way this year. He united his musical heroes of the 1970s and 1980s on Zoom – creating a virtual mix of his favorite records of that era, all uplifting songs full of love, spirit, and soul – in tribute to the heroes around the world on the frontlines of health, freedom, and justice.

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Cassidy said about the video, “I hope this virtual mix moves others as much as it has moved me. I am forever grateful to my musical heroes for their decades of hope, inspiration, and soul, and with them, I celebrate all the heroes around the world.” The idea came to Cassidy while on a FaceTime with his friend and mentor, Verdine White of Earth Wind & Fire. While they were catching up, EWF’s classic record, “That’s The Way Of The World,” came on the speakers. Hearing that song, while on the phone with Verdine, put a smile on his face and brought him some much needed calm. He thought about how fortunate he was to have friendships with many of his heroes and how lucky he was to be able to enjoy their music in their company. He wondered if he could find a way to share that special feeling with others, so he sat at his turntables in his living room and began Zooming with his musical heroes. They each sang along to their classic records, literally passing the mic from one home to the next, in effort to honor and uplift the heroes around the world on the frontlines of health, freedom, and justice. The result is PASS THE MIC.

Earth Wind & Fire (Philip Bailey and Verdine White)

Kool & The Gang (Robert “Kool” Bell and Khalis Bayon)

New Edition (Ricky Bell)

Bobby Brown

Patrice Rushen

Siedah Garrett

Deniece Williams

Ray Parker Jr

Jeff Redd

Meli’sa Morgan

Steve Arrington

Marcus Miller

Cheryl Lynn

Shalamar (Howard Hewett)

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