Harry Connick Jr. Honors Workers During Pandemic Road Trip

Harry Connick Jr. embarked on a pandemic road trip to meet essential workers around the country who were risking their lives during the pandemic.

Harry Connick Jr. Honors Workers During Pandemic Road Trip

Singer and actor Harry Connick Jr. has spent a lot of his life on tour buses and traveling from city to city, but even when the pandemic shut down the country, he couldn’t sit still.

With the help of his daughter, Georgia Connick, who is a filmmaker, and a bunch of GoPro cameras, he embarked on a pandemic road trip to meet essential workers around the country who were risking their lives during the pandemic.

United We Sing: A Grammy Tribute to the Unsung Heroes, a TV special that airs on CBS on Sunday (June 21) at 8 p.m. ET/PT, highlights the everyday heroes along his journey to New Orleans, with help from Connick’s celebrity pals including Brad Pitt, Oprah Winfrey, Sandra Bullock and Renee Zellweger. The show also features musical performances from Jamie Foxx, Cyndi Lauper, Branford and Wynton Marsalis, Dave Matthews, Tim McGraw, Irma Thomas and more.

“I just want to reach out and meet some of these folks, sanitation workers or elementary school teachers or people that are working at food banks,” Harry Connick said. “These are the people that are keeping the supply chain going and keeping our lives going.”

Over the course of about 12 days, Georgia Connick filmed her father on handheld cameras or GoPros as he drove a recreational vehicle to learn about how the new coronavirus was affecting workers in public transportation, grocery stores, health care and more.

“Watching these people do their everyday jobs, not necessarily thinking they’re heroes, but everyone else thinking they are heroes, is very incredible,” Georgia Connick said.

They started their trip at a hospital in the Queens borough of New York City, where Connick’s sister, an Army Reserve colonel and psychiatrist, helped with the Pentagon’s response to the pandemic.

“It was highly emotional,” Harry Connick said. “We wanted to do a show that was about celebration as opposed to constantly reminding people of how sad the situation is. And it is. But there’s a lot of silver linings.”

Once reaching his hometown of New Orleans, Harry Connick walked through the empty streets of Bourbon Street, the neon-lit entertainment hotspot normally filled with music, drinking and dancing that had gone quiet during the pandemic.

“The mayor was kind enough to let us film on Bourbon Street under very, very tight circumstances and conditions,” he said.

Instead of the traditional second line parade, the dancers and musicians stayed 12 feet apart, dancing in place with masks.

“We hope when people watch on Sunday night, they’ll kind of have a respite from the normal barrage of bad news,” he said.

The special will raise funds for charities that support underserved children, including No Kid Hungry and the Ellis Marsalis Center for Music in New Orleans, as well as to the MusiCares COVID-19 Relief Fund, a charitable organization of the Recording Academy.

Source : Billboard More   

What's Your Reaction?

like
0
dislike
0
love
0
funny
0
angry
0
sad
0
wow
0

Next Article

Public Enemy Returns With Anti-Trump ‘State of the Union (STFU)’ Song: Watch

Public Enemy released a fiery new protest song, called "State of the Union (STFU)," to commemorate Juneteenth on June 19.

Public Enemy Returns With Anti-Trump ‘State of the Union (STFU)’ Song: Watch

Public Enemy has returned with a fiery new protest song called “State of the Union (STFU).”

The iconic hip-hop group commemorated Juneteenth on Friday (June 19) by dropping the explosive anti-Trump song and accompanying video, which features recent footage from nationwide protests in response to the killings of George Floyd and Rayshard Brooks.

“Our collective voices keep getting louder. The rest of the planet is on our side. But it’s not enough to talk about change. You have to show up and demand change,” frontman Chuck D said in a statement. “Folks gotta vote like their lives depend on it, ‘cause it does.”

Produced by DJ Premier, the fiery “State of the Union (STFU)” finds Chuck D and Flavor Flav clearly stating their distaste for the current White House administration while also commenting on police brutality against Black Americans.

“Here’s another scare/ Keep them hands in the air/ Better not breathe/ You dare not dare,” Chuck D raps in the three-minute song.

“State of the Union (STFU)” is available as a free download on Public Enemy’s website and can be streamed on major music streaming services. Watch the video below.

Source : Billboard More   

This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies.