On Election Day, Brittany Howard offered her own message of hope with “You’ll Never Walk Alone”. The song first appeared in the 1945 Rogers and Hammerstein musical, Carousel, and has since been covered by Gerry and the Peacemakers, Marcus Mumford, Michael Ball & Captain Tom Moore, and more.
Upon the release of the Gerry and the Peacemakers version in 1963, the song became the anthem for British football club Liverpool F.C. Fans almost immediately adopted the song by singing it at games, and the team even included “You’ll Never Walk Alone” as the official motto on its coat of arms.
The cover begins rather desolately as the Alabama Shakes singer takes center stage without musical accompaniment. Soon enough, however, her voice fills the room as it always does. Before long, the song, which starts off rather calming, ramps up to a frenzy when the band comes in. With the accompaniment, Howard’s “You’ll Never Walk Alone” becomes an inspiring message of sticking to one’s values. As she sings in a pertinent Election Day message, “Walk on, walk on/With hope in your heart/And you’ll never walk alone.”
At the end of the 1:58 minute video, the Johnnie Walker logo pops onscreen, rather abruptly. The clip itself is part of the scotch brand’s Keep Walking campaign, which aims “to encourage you to be confident on your own path, and always remember that wherever you are on your journey, the most important step isn’t your last… it’s your next.”
Watch Brittany Howard perform “You’ll Never Walk Alone” below.
Brittany Howard – “You’ll Never Walk Alone” (Rodgers and Hammerstein)
[Video: Brittany Howard]