Friday, June 19, 1970

Musical Artist - Singers at the Democratic National Convention

For the 2016 Democratic National Convention, Elizabeth Banks gathered together a collection of actors and singers to create a video of the Rachel Platten song Fight Song, which had been adopted by the Hillary Clinton campaign as an unofficial campaign song. This, more or less transformed the song into the official campaign song.

Singing along with Elizabeth Banks were Julie Bowen, Connie Britton, Kristin Chenoweth, Garrett Clayton, Alan Cumming, Esther Dean, Jane Fonda, America Ferrera, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Chrissie Fit, Renee Fleming, Ellen Greene, John Michael Higgens, Kelly Jackle, Jaime King, T.R. Knight, Hana Mae Lee, Eva Longoria, Josh Lucas, Mary McCormack, Idina Menzel, Mandy Moore, Kathy Najimy, Mary-Louise Parker, Ben Platt, Rachel Platten, Billy Porter, Nikki Read, Shelley Regner, Rob Reiner, Sia, Ian Somerholder, Mike Thompkins, and Aisha Tyler.

Following the mass shooting at the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Florida, Van Dean, Seth Rudetsy, and James Wesley organized a group of stage stars that they called "Broadway for Orlando" and recorded a version of the 1965 Jackie DeShannon hit What the World Needs Now Is Love as a tribute to the victims of the shooting and fundraiser to aid the survivors. A slightly different set of performers took the stage aat the 2016 Democratic National Convention to sing the song following speeches from a variety of individuals dedicated to reducing gun violence in the United States included Gabby Giffords, Lee Daniels, Angela Bassett, survivors of the Pulse nightclub shooting, and parents of Trayvon Martin, Sandra Bland, Eric Garner, and Oscar Grant.

I cannot be certain that I have accounted for everyone participating in What the World Needs Now Is Love, but to the best of my research abilities I have determined that they were Kristen Bell, Stephanie J. Block, Ann Hampton Callaway, Liz Callaway, Len Cariou, Michelle Collins, Jon Viktor Corpuz, Darren Criss, Wilson Cruz, Carmen Cusak, Tyne Daly, Darius de Haas, Van Dean, Melissa Errico, Nicholas Callaway Foster, Sharon Gless, Montego Glover, Lena Hall, Mary Ann Hu, Richard Kind, Anika Larsen, Michael Longoria, Audra McDonald, Idina Menzel, Olga Merediz, Debra Messing, Janet Metz, Margaret Stallings, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Rosie Perez, Eve Plumb, Alice Ripley, Seth Rudetsky, Roz Ryan, Michael Urie, Ben Vereen, Adrienne Warren, James Wesley, Juli Wesley, B.D. Wong, and Tom Wopat.

Musical Monday Selections:

08/01/16: Fight Song
08/08/16: What the World Needs Now Is Love

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