A number of widely acclaimed music stars and producers, including Grammy Award winner for The Greatest Showman Soundtrack, Music Producer, Greg Wells, and Honorary Executive Producer and 28-time Grammy Winner, Quincy Jones, have come together to create the official song for Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019.
The anthem, titled Right Where I’m Supposed To Be, will be revealed for the first time at the Opening Ceremony of the World Games where global superstar Avril Lavigne, whose song ‘Fly’ was the official anthem for the 2015 World Games, and Luis Fonsi, singer of global smash-hit single ‘Despacito’, will be among the personalities performing the song.
Joining them on the stage in front of more than 40,000 fans at Zayed Sports City Stadium to sing the anthem will be three Arabic music stars including Emirati singer and Good Will Ambassador at Large HE Hussain Al Jassmi, Syrian superstar Assala Nasri, and Star of Egypt and the Arab World, Tamer Hosny.
The anthem was given the seal of approval by Honorary Executive Producer and 28-time Grammy award winner, Quincy Jones, who also composed the song, ‘I know I can’, for the 2007 World Games in Shanghai. The song is co-written by Ryan Tedder, lead singer of chart-topping boy band OneRepublic and Grammy award-winning Canadian songwriter, Greg Wells and Nina Woodford.
Ryan Tedder and Greg Wells are proud to have written such a powerful song that promotes inclusion and motivate the athletes during the World Games.
Greg Wells said: “I love the fact that Special Olympics is taking place in Abu Dhabi, where East and West will be united. We want to unite the whole universe on this path. The power that music has with a great song and message can not only cross fake lines on the map but ideological differences.”
“We have spent a lot of time on the lyrics and the track as we wanted it to be uplifting and inspiring without being too preachy,” said Ryan Tedder. “This is the kind of stuff I would want to hear, sitting in a stadium full of people. Fingers crossed that everyone will like it.”
The single, which is mostly sung in English, includes a verse in Spanish from Luis Fonsi. He said: “When I heard this track was being done by an amazing and talented group of people, I decided I wanted to be part of it. All we want to do is have a song where people smile, dance and have a good time. At the end of the day, to me that is what Special Olympics is all about.”
The anthem will be played throughout Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019, which takes place from 14-21 March. More than 7,500 athletes from over 190 nations are set to compete in 24 Olympic-style sports in Abu Dhabi and Dubai, in what will be the largest sports and humanitarian event of the year.