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John Fogerty and Cyndi Lauper are among a variety music stars that will be featured on United We Sing: A Grammy Salute to the Unsung Heroes, a new TV special celebrating those on the front lines of the COVID-19 battle that will air June 21 at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.
Hosted by Harry Connick Jr., the two-hour program will feature the singer/pianist and his daughter, filmmaker Georgia Connick, road-tripping in an RV as they drive from their home in Connecticut to Harry’s hometown of New Orleans, and thanking essential workers all across the U.S.
The special will end with a musical performance in the Big Easy featuring Connick and other New Orleans artists like Irma Thomas and Trombone Shorty. Along the way, there also will be musical performances from Fogerty, Lauper, Dave Matthews, country stars Tim McGraw and Little Big Town, jazz greats Herbie Hancock and Wynton Marsalis, and R&B singers Andra Day and Jamie Foxx.
Some of Harry’s celebrity pals also will participate, including Brad Pitt, Sandra Bullock, Queen Latifah, Oprah Winfrey and Renée Zellweger, who will all deliver surprise messages to those unsung heroes in the fields of trucking, food prep, healthcare, sanitation, law enforcement and more.
Viewers will be asked to donate to charities that focus on children in need, including No Kid Hungry and the Ellis Marsalis Center for Music in New Orleans, as well as to the MusiCares COVID-19 Relief Fund.
By Andrea Dresdale
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