On Sunday, June 28th, over 50 artists and tens of thousands of fans came together for Justice Comes Alive, a one-day, virtual festival harnessing the power of music to bring about collective change in response to racial inequality. The donation-based streaming event generated $55,000 and counting in funds for the participating artists, who remain out of work as the pandemic continues, as well as a number of social justice-oriented causes via PLUS1 For Black Lives Fund.
The 12-hour live-stream marathon featured new contributions by an array of amazing artists from around the world including singer STOUT (Cory Henry & The Funk Apostles) who delivered a mesmerizing and dreamy cover of “For All We Know”, an older tune written by J. Fred Coots and Sam M. Lewis in the 1930s. The song has been recorded and released by a number of Black artists over the years including Nat King Cole, Billie Holiday, Sammy Davis Jr., Nina Simone, Ray Charles with Betty Carter, Dinah Washington, Aretha Franklin, and Etta James.
STOUT’s solo performance stretched out eight minutes in length, during which the singer delivered a lovely and haunting rendition of the classic tune. The singer’s stripped-down performance allowed her to keep the listener’s focus on the core melodies as interpreted by her voice with some unique signal effects added later on. All the while, she was surrounded by colorful but dimly-lit ambient hues, which complimented the equally captivating floral arrangement surrounding her equipment.
Relive the STOUT performance from Justice Comes Alive below. If you enjoyed the Justice Comes Alive performances and have the means, consider making a donation to Plus1 For Black Lives Fund via www.JusticeComesAlive.com.
STOUT – “For All We Know” – Justice Comes Alive
[Video: Live For Live Music]
Presented by Live For Live Music in partnership with PLUS1 and Nugs.TV, Justice Comes Alive was conceived as a way to harness the power of music to bring about collective change in response to racial inequality. All funds raised from Justice Comes Alive will be split evenly between the artists on the bill and the PLUS1 For Black Lives Fund, which was developed to address and continue the fight against anti-Black racism and violence in the U.S.
Directly supporting organizations like Equal Justice Initiative, Impact Justice, and The Bail Project, the PLUS1 For Black Lives Fund focuses on empowering Black communities, movement building, keeping people out of the criminal justice system while dismantling it more broadly, and a collective, international narrative change toward the equitable treatment of Black people. 30% of the PLUS1 for Black Lives Fund is also committed to small grants for Black and Indigenous-led grassroots efforts combating racism. For more information on Justice Comes Alive, head here.