Singing in Solidarity

Music artists perform concerts at their homes in wake of Coronavirus

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Artists such as John Legend, Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello, and Chris Martin performed live concerts on Instagram.

Canceled. Though many famous music artists’ upcoming concerts and shows have been canceled due to the Coronavirus pandemic, some artists got creative to make it up to their fans.

Global Citizen and WHO introduced the ‘Together At Home’ series shortly after the Coronavirus was considered a worldwide pandemic. According to Global Citizen, the series is “a virtual no-contact concert that aims to encourage everyone to take action and help stop the spread of COVID-19. In times of crisis, artists can use their platforms to mobilize the public and help unite the world.”

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Chris Martin from Coldplay kicked off the series, playing a nearly thirty-minute concert live on Instagram in his home in LA, while also talking to his viewers. “I feel like maybe 9/11 was the last time I felt like we were all in something together,” Martin said.

Martin had a positive message throughout the live video. “Everyone’s our brothers. I feel like we’re all one family. Everyone’s praying for everyone I hope,” Martin said. He played popular Coldplay songs like “Viva la Vida” and “A Sky Full Of Stars.”

Many artists kept it casual for their at-home concerts. John Legend went “pantsless” and wore a robe for his live stream. He was joined by his wife Chrissy Teigen who wore a bath towel and sat on the piano while Legend sang.

“Social distancing is important, but that doesn’t mean it has to be boring. Music can heal. Music can bring us together,” said Legend. He encouraged his viewers to donate money to organizations like Feeding America if they were able.

Senior Olivia Culley has been following the series and believes it is unifying people around the world. “I think the #TogetherAtHome movement establishes unity because of the shared moment everybody has while listening or watching,” Culley said.

Culley thinks this movement is a positive light during this dark time. “From what I have heard and seen from social media, artists are not only trying to bring awareness to the importance of social distancing, but also the light of hope into people’s lives,” Culley finished.

If you are searching for entertainment, follow Global Citizen on Twitter. They post daily about the upcoming concerts, including the dates and the work they’re doing to stop the spread of Coronavirus.

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Global Citizen partnered with WHO to stop the spread of the Coronavirus.

Global Citizen is also posting all of the videos on their YouTube account, so if you missed a concert, you can watch it there. More artists and groups such as Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello, OneRepublic, H.E.R., Niall Horan, and Jack Johnson have performed on Instagram in the past week.

This series is meant to educate and uplift people around the world during this uncertain time. So, do things that bring you joy while taking Chris Martin’s simple advice: “The right thing to be doing is staying quiet, staying at home, and not buying too much toilet paper.”