On Tuesday (June 30), RCA Records teamed up with the Human Rights Campaign for their 2020 Pride Benefit Concert. The one-hour livestream operated as a fundraiser for the HRC, with some of the organization’s supporters stopping by to speak to their mission, while RCA provided tunes courtesy of their talented roster.
Stars like Walk the Moon, Isaac Dunbar, Cam, Shea Diamond, Citizen Queen, Christian French, Saygrace and more joined the stream to offer up special performances to raise money for HRC — here’s just a few of our favorites:
Isaac Dunbar kicks things off with “Boy”
Kicking off the livestream, 17-year-old rising pop singer Isaac Dunbar stopped into the stream to deliver a moving rendition of his song “Boy.” The melancholy love song sees Dunbar pining after the titular boy, “If I were home, sick, you’re remedy wired/ Picking up herbs in the morning time/ I’d wait for something more,” he crooned in the excellent opening.
Citizen Queen ask that you “Free Your Mind”
The all-girl a capella group joined the livestream early on, ready to get fans at home up and dancing. The quintet debuted their brand-new powerhouse rendition of En Vogue’s “Free Your Mind” for the first time, wailing out the lyrics to the iconic song, while putting special emphasis on timely like “I can’t change your mind, you can’t change my color.”
Shea Diamond reminds the world that “I Am Her”
Trans singer-songwriter Shea Diamond held nothing back when she teamed up with producer Eren Cannata for a heart-wrenching rendition of her song, “I Am Her.” An anthem written to transgender women around the world, Diamond let her stellar voice shine through, as Cannata accompanied her on guitar, making for one of the most memorable performances of the stream.
Cam gets tender with “Redwood Tree”
Performing her latest single “Redwood Tree,” country star Cam gave viewers the feel good sensation they were looking for, with her sweet vocals softly comforting those listening. She also let the community know, just before launching into her performance, that she’s here to uplift and support. “I want you to know that you’re important, and it is our job to make sure that the world is better and better and better for you,” she said with a smile.
Walk the Moon brings the party for “Shut Up & Dance”
Closing out the livestream, Walk the Moon wanted to make sure everyone had a song they could celebrate to. So, from their respective homes, the band launched into their 2014 hit “Shut Up and Dance,” jumping around the stream, jamming on their instruments, and making sure everyone watching was taking a moment to express their joy.