Singer-songwriter Melanie C has been keeping fans entertained in lockdown by joining other talented artists including KT Tunstall and Pixie Lott in performing from their bathrooms to raise money for international charity WaterAid.
The social distancing singers made a splash when performing their sets from their bathrooms as part of the five-part Bathroom Sessions series. Diving in with them were Joy Crookes, Jessie Ware, Maverick Sabre, Nadia Rose, and Bomba Estéreo x Crystal Fighters x The Busy Twist.
The Bathroom Sessions launched with a double bill of events featuring an all-female line-up to highlight the women and girls around the world who spend hours each day walking to collect water for their families. They are running online till 18 May in partnership with Clash Magazine.
Through these unique sets, artists raised awareness of WaterAid’s lifesaving work and encouraged donations to its emergency appeal to help vulnerable communities protect themselves from the spread of Covid-19.
Handwashing with soap and water, is one of the most effective ways to reduce the spread of infectious diseases, but in poorer countries three-quarters of people do not have somewhere to wash their hands with soap at home. WaterAid is racing to reach communities with clean water, handwashing facilities, and information about good hand hygiene.
Singer, songwriter and actress Pixie Lott, known for her hit singles “Mama Do (Uh Oh, Uh Oh)”, “Boys and Girls”, “All About Tonight”, and “Cry Me Out”, as well as her role as a superstar Coach on hit TV show ‘The Voice Kids UK’, has been entertaining fans with her ‘Shower series’ during lockdown, sharing acoustic performances on her social channels. She featured in WaterAid’s Bathroom Sessions last night (12 May), singing from her shower. Watch the full performance.
Pixie Lott said:
“I’ve enjoyed sharing my songs in the shower during the lockdown! I’m excited to now be teaming up with other artists and contributing to WaterAid’s Bathroom Sessions, which are showcasing a variety of fantastic music while supporting an important cause.
“We’re so lucky to have clean water on tap; it’s vital for good health. I find it shocking to think millions around the world do not have these basics. Together, we can help WaterAid get clean water and handwashing facilities to vulnerable communities around the world.”
Former Spice Girl Melanie Chisholm performed songs including current single “Who I Am” as well as the classic “2 Become 1” for the launch on 7 May. Watch her full performance.
Melanie C said:
“It’s great to be part of this unique online event that’s bringing together some amazing female talent while also raising money to help transform lives.
“Now more than ever we can appreciate the importance of good hygiene, and it’s shocking to think millions of people in the world’s poorest communities don’t have clean water or handwashing facilities at home, putting their lives at risk. Women are facing increased challenges in the current crisis, as they’re often responsible for collecting water and caring for family members who are sick. Together, we can help women and their families protect themselves against the spread of disease.”
BRIT and Ivor Novello Award winning Scottish Singer-Songwriter KT Tunstall (“Suddenly I See”, “Black Horse and the Cherry Tree”) headlined the Bathroom Session on 8 May. Watch her full performance.
KT Tunstall said:
“I’m really proud to be headlining one of WaterAid’s Bathroom Sessions, uniting with a host of awesome female artists to create exclusive online sets packed full of great music for everyone at home to enjoy, while helping make a difference around the world.
“It’s unacceptable in 2020 that millions of people have no clean water at home, when it’s such a basic human right and so important for our health. The money raised from the event will help WaterAid get clean water, handwashing facilities and good hygiene education to vulnerable communities around the world, as well as helping in the fight against Covid-19.”
British Indie singer-songwriter Joy Crookes (“Since I Left You”, “Early”, and “Anyone But Me”) brought her neo soul sound to the Bathroom Sessions. The London-based 21-year-old musician, nominated for the Rising Star Award at the 2020 Brit Awards, went live from her bathroom last night. Watch her full performance.
Joy Crookes said:
“Times are tough at the moment and I’m inspired by the different ways people are supporting each other and helping make a difference. By raising money for WaterAid, we can help get clean soap and good hygiene knowledge to vulnerable communities around the world, so they are better able to protect themselves against the spread of disease.”
WaterAid’s Bathroom Sessions are being run in partnership with Clash Magazine. They launched on 7 May, followed by an eclectic mix of music on 12 May, an Electronic session on 15 May, headlined by Fabio & Grooverider, and then a Global session on 18 May, headlined by Stonebwoy.
For more information about the Bathroom Sessions line-up and WaterAid’s work, please visit: www.wateraid.org/uk/bathroom-sessions.
To watch the performances, visit: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLc-oawSTlDS0JZsuhb7OPS9rPYnRDd_8J