With theatres, music clubs, and other entertainment venues closed; artists are struggling to find work and make ends meet.
Looking to keep the music going; John Legend, Bono, Chris Martin, Pink, John Mayer, and Keith Urban are among the musicians who have turned to the world wide web to broadcast concerts from their homes.
Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony Award winning “The Voice” coach John Legend spoke on performing from his home saying, “this is a cool way to connect with people and make them feel some kind of love and intimacy and connection, even though they have to be stuck at home.”
Legend added, “so many people are dealing with a lot of stress right now, trauma, anxiety, all those things. And they don’t know what to do. And a lot of musicians and artists and entertainers are unable to go out and do the thing that we do best, which is perform live at venues with lots of people. So we’re trying to find ways to stay in touch with people and give them some love.”
Niall Horan, Ben Gibbard, Rob Thomas, JoJo, Christine and the Queens, Yungblud, David Foster, Code Orange, Katherine McPhee, Grouplove, Caitlyn Smith, and Neil Young have also been live streaming performances.
Music festivals have also been postponed but Willie Nelson found a way to hold his Luck Reunion Festival – normally held in his backyard – with a free broadcast featuring performers playing from their own homes including Lukas Nelson, Jewel, Nathaniel Raeliff, and Margo Price.
Latin music stars Juanes and Alejandro Sanz paired up for a jam session that was streamed.
The Academy of Country Music has had to postpone their annual awards ceremonies but some of the artists will be performing from their own homes in a special CBS special on April 5.
Miley Cyrus has started a daily talk show – “Bright Minded: Live with Miley” on Instagram.
Rolling Stone magazine has closed its offices but has started a new performance series “In My Room” aired on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.
Chord Overstreet has launched a live performance series on You Tube he calls “Quartine Sessions”.
OneRepublic has been performing music and offering some cooking lessons.
With Broadway shuttered, members of the Broadway stage have been putting on some shows of their own they are calling “Stars in the House”.
While they are unable to tour and promote new music, artists are still recording and mixing; with some planning on continuing to release new music. Unlike the early days of recording when everyone gathered in the studio and the songs were recorded live, today artists often record one at a time while the engineer is in another room.
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