Hayley Williams, St. Vincent, Brittany Howard performing for The Ally Coalition | stills from video
Watch Brittany Howard, St. Vincent, Tierra Whack, Hayley Williams and more play the virtual Ally Coalition Talent Show
The Ally Coalition’s seventh annual Talent Show took place virtually last month, with artists playing covers and original songs everywhere from their living rooms and backyards to flashy but audience-less stages. Hosted by songwriter and producer Jack Antonoff — who founded The Ally Coalition with his sister, fashion designer Rachel Antonoff — the show’s proceeds benefited their efforts to help LGBTQ+ youth experiencing homelessness.
Clairo shared a simple, quiet cover of Norah Jones’ “Sunrise,” while Hayley Williams of Paramore paired her home-recorded cover of “Teardrop” by Massive Attack with colorful mood lighting. Alabama Shakes’ Brittany Howard went all out with a funky, full-band cover of PKA’s “Let Me Hear You (Say Yeah),” and while most artists can’t get away with covering The Beatles, St. Vincent shared a great version of “Martha My Dear.”
Maggie Rogers played a song from her new album Notes From The Archive, which revisits her early work, Lana Del Rey brought the holiday spirit with a solo rendition of “Silent Night,” and Philly’s own Tierra Whack killed it with a cover of Mary J. Blige’s “Not Gon’ Cry.” Watch some highlights below.
All proceeds from the event benefit homeless LGBTQ youth shelters.