KT Tunstall threaded a string of quarantine jams for her Billboard Live At-Home performance Wednesday (April 22) to raise money for Direct Relief, which equips medical workers with necessary resources.
The Scottish singer-songwriter described “The River” from her 2018 album Wax as a prime hand-washing anthem during the COVID-19 pandemic. “This is about wanting to wash yourself clean, which seems like a very good idea right now! Especially your hands,” she exclaimed while introducing the buoyant performance.
Next, Tunstall connected with her online fans via pinky fingers to the screen for “Little Red Thread” because “it’s all about connection…. And more than ever right now, we need to feel that,” Tunstall reminded them.
But when it came time to sing a cover, the 44-year-old artist’s pick — “I Want You Back” by Jackson 5 — became a dual dedication to the things and activities missed during quarantine and to Mother Earth for the 50th celebration of Earth Day today. “I think we should sing this also about nature and loving nature and the environment. Let’s get it back to health, shall we?” she said while strumming the famous tune.
“Oh world, natural world, forgive us humans for being idiots and treating you like dirt,” she pleaded after finishing the performance, which showed off a spectacular view of the glowing green hills from her Los Angeles home she recently moved into. “Well, it actually is dirt, some of it, and we should treat the dirt with respect as well.”
Watch Tunstall’s entire Billboard Live At-Home performance below, and donate to Direct Relief here.