Sam Smith – An Absolute Serenader

Cover your ears because the school doesn’t cover blown minds. Sam Smith just blew our minds with their acapella performance at the iHeart Livingroom Concert. They simple but elegant price got us pumped up and optimistic!

They performed the track “How do you sleep” from their home in London. As the lockdown gets stringent, the music industry has innovatively switched to live streaming concerts to help fans cope with the isolation.This has also helped raise funds for many international committees working towards COVID-19 relief. The iHeart Livingroom Concert was hosted as a tribute to the frontline workers from the health care and service industry who have been bravely battling the virus head on. 

Before commencing their performance , Sam told fans not to lose hope and get consumed by the isolation. They reassured fans that this was just a temporary phase and that soon everyone would be frolicking around in the open! They went on to say “I hope you are safe, wherever you are, and I just wanted to send this through to you guys, and I hope this makes you feel better. Because music is making me feel a lot better right now.”

Sam Smith has been actively encouraging people to self isolate through various social media channels. They even took part in the #Stayathomechallenge after being nominated by Elton John. Sharing a photograph of their family at home captioned “Thank you beautiful [Elton John] for my nomination. This is a wonderful thing to do. I stay home for my incredible family. This is unprecedented times and my thoughts and heart are with everyone right now. We are in this together.” 

Well if Sam Smith’s angelic voice tells us it’s going to be fine then ts going to be hella fine!!

BSB Just Knocked us Out Cold With Nostalgia

FOX and iHeartRadio brought together the cast of Backstreet Boys for a home concert via video conferencing. It is quite a feat to bring the largest boy band in history together like that in times of crisis. 

Brian Littrell, the lead, began by saying, “We want to do something a little different for you, a little special, bringing our living room to yours. This is is the living room in my studio at my house. I’m going to be joined by my bandmates in just a second.”

“We live in unprecedented times today with the COVID-19 virus. I want to thank iHeart for putting this together. I want to thank Fox for airing it. I want to thank all the frontline responders that are donating their times and putting themselves in harms way to take care of their fellow citizens,” the band continued through the course of the music swaying. “So, stay safe, stay home, and protect yourselves.”

No prizes for guessing that ‘I Want It That Way’ was played with much enthusiasm with AJ McLean. 

Alicia Keys Pens Down a Song of Prayer

Stories from the iHeartRadio festival are pouring in and something about the music and the tribute that is being paid to the first responders is vastly touching. 

Among the ingenious talent that poured in from their homes to the screens of their fans worldwide was Alicia Keys with ‘Underdog’ which quite sadly, yet in brilliant coincidence, sounds like a song written for the pandemic. She kicked off the concert with the performance on her piano. 

 “This song is like a prayer,” Alicia Keys said describing the song and what it has come to mean. “I hope that we remember how resilient we are and how we defy the odds. I’d like to dedicate this song to all first responders and medical professionals that are risking their life to keep us safe. We’re so grateful.”

In Keys fashion of heart touching honesty and the working class relatability, she added in references to the first responders saying “people on the frontlines knowing they don’t get to run,” and that hit hard cuz it’s nothing but the truth!