Harry Connick Jr. has penned a tribute to essential workers with the new song, “Stars Still Shine,” which will debut on his June 21 CBS special.
That two-hour broadcast – “We Sing: A Grammy Tribute to Unsung Heroes” – features Connick and his filmmaker daughter, Georgia, as they take a road trip in an RV to thank essential workers around the country.
The tour starts at their home in Connecticut and ends in Connick’s hometown of New Orleans, where he, Trombone Shorty and Irma Thomas will perform at well-known locations throughout the city.
Other performers include John Fogerty, Cyndi Lauper, Little Big Town, Andra Day, Dave Matthews, Tim McGraw, Branford and Wynton Marsalis.
Familiar faces such as Oprah Winfrey, Brad Pitt and Sandra Bullock will also appear.
Connick’s song – on which he played all of the instruments except guitar – was recorded at the Ellis Marsalis Center for Music in New Orleans. All proceeds from the track, which will be available on all streaming platform at the end of the 8 p.m. TV special, will benefit the music center, which helps underserved young musicians to develop academically and socially. In April, Ellis Marsalis died from COVID-19.
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