Why Global Citizens Should Care
As the world unites in response to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, the “Together At Home” campaign and virtual concert series works to engage and mobilize people to take urgent action in support of the World Health Organization (WHO), and help protect the world’s most vulnerable people from the effects of the pandemic. Join the campaign by taking meaningful action against COVID-19 here.

Since mid-March, artists all around the world have been streaming live performances over Instagram in support of our “Together At Home” campaign — which works to engage and mobilize people to take urgent action in support of the global effort to tackle COVID-19. 

The first few days saw Coldplay’s Chris Martin, John Legend, Niall Horan, and Hozier among those hosting intimate live shows on their Instagram profiles. Then last week there were killer performances from Christine and the Queens, Years and Years, H.E.R, Jennifer Hudson, JoJo, Anne Marie, the Lumineers, and loads more. 

Throughout their performances, artists have been urging fans to head to the “Together At Home” campaign page to take action to learn more about COVID-19, to support the World Health Organization (WHO), and to help protect vulnerable people from the spread of the virus. 

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Millions of people have been tuning in and taking tens of thousands of meaningful actions to help combat the virus. There are new shows happening every single day — and the weekend was no different.

Here are a few of our highlights.

Jack Johnson

In the eye of a Hawaii thunderstorm, Jack Johnson sang to thousands of people on Saturday about what home means to him.

Johnson — a BRIT Award winner for Best International Breakthrough in 2006 — moved from set opener “Home” into “Banana Pancakes”, aptly crooning “there ain't no need to go outside” while the rain hammered against his window panes.

He shared that the first song he ever learned on guitar was “Father and Son” by Cat Stevens, took a request to play “A Pirate Looks at Forty” by Jimmy Buffett, and closed with indie hit “Better Together.” If there was ever an anthem for “Together At Home”, that would be it.

“It's not always easy, sometimes life can be deceiving,” Johnson sang. “I'll tell you one thing: it's always better when we're together.”

He added: “Make sure that you go to the globalcitizen.org/coronavirus website so you can contribute, and make sure to help with resources battling this pandemic we're all in right now."

Skip Marley

“Together At Home” is all about family: from Chrissy Teigen perching on her hubby’s legendary piano in a bathrobe to Beyoncé-approved sisters Chloe and Halle Bailey dueting from their LA home on day 11 of quarantine.

So we were over the moon when the Marleys joined the bill.

On March 23, Ziggy Marley — Bob’s eldest son — brought his children in for a touching family singalong. Then on Saturday, Skip Marley — grandson of Bob — reminded us that everything was going to be alright.

True to form, Skip honored his roots right from the off with acoustic renditions of “Three Little Birds”, "So Much Trouble In The World", and “Jammin’.” He then played original songs — and #QuarantineLife bangers — “Slow Down” and “Calm Down”.

“We’re gonna put a stop to this virus,” Skip told viewers. “People power!”

Dove Cameron

You’d be forgiven for thinking that Dove Cameron — Emmy-winner, Disney legend, Hollywood starlet — has already done it all at 24.

But she revealed that her “Together At Home” show on Sunday was actually the first time she’d ever performed her original material live.

The Liv and Maddie star kicked off her set with three singles she released last year: “So Good”, “Bloodshot”, and “Waste” — a track Cameron said gets her “jazzed” — before premiering a never-previously-heard track called “Remember Me” that she’s set to put out on April 10.

“But remember this is more than a mini-concert,” she added. “It’s a very important call to action for anything that you can do to stop the spread of the coronavirus."

Michael Franti

Michael Franti’s last record — Stay Human Vol. II — was all about reminding people that there’s still good to be found in the world. 

It was a set sorely needed: a one-hour injection of positive energy streamed from a yoga retreat in Bali, Indonesia, alongside his partner Sara and young son Taj.

The lifelong social justice campaigner opened with a track called “The Sound of Sunshine”, a celebration of life written after a near-death experience rupturing his appendix on tour, before launching into songs taken from a career spanning decades. 

He sang with his family, invited fans onto the broadcast, and urged everyone watching to join the movement to stop the spread of COVID-19.

It was pure. Follow @GlblCtzn on Instagram and Twitter to hear the latest announcements on more artists joining the “Together At Home” lineup this week!

You can join the movement by heading to our “Together At Home” campaign page and taking action to support the incredible work of the World Health Organization; to learn more about the virus and how to keep yourself healthy; to urge world leaders to support the global vaccine development efforts; and lots more. 

You can see all of Global Citizen's COVID-19 coverage here.

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