“Nicole has the kind of voice that expresses pure emotion in every note, and I knew instantly that I had found the voice for this tribute,” PMJ leader Scott Bradlee wrote on the band’s website. “As we discussed song choices, we talked about Bowie’s fight with cancer and how cancer has affected the lives of so many around us.”
Accompanied by Bradlee on piano, Chip Thomas on drums and Adam Kubato on bass, the Neptune City, NJ native wraps her vocals around the lyrics to a slower, melancholy arrangement.
“Scott and I used to sing jazz standards back in the days when we were in Sleep No More in NYC and we’ve been waiting for the right time to record something together,” Atkins wrote on her website.
Both singers have a parent that is a cancer survivor, she added, and wanted to help raise funds to fight the disease through music.
“After David Bowie’s passing, it seemed a fitting tribute and the right time to come together and record one of his songs and help raise money for cancer research,” she said.
A portion of the sales from the single will be donated to the Cancer Research Institute.
“This performance of David Bowie’s ‘Heroes’ is dedicated not only to Bowie, but to all the heroes out there — whether family, friend, or stranger — that have battled cancer,” she concluded.
The single is available for purchase on iTunes. Watch below: