Just John, Charmaine, Jacksoul Contribute to 'Black Alliance' Cover Series

Andye, Amaal and Myles Castello interpret Bill Withers, Missy Elliott, Sam Cooke and more in celebrating Black History Month

BY Calum SlingerlandPublished Jan 29, 2021

Just John, Charmaine, Amaal, Andye, Myles Castello, and late Jacksoul frontman Haydain Neale have covered songs by iconic Black artists for a new compilation in celebration of Black History Month

The first annual Black Alliance compilation will see the six Warner Music Canada artists share their respective covers and corresponding visuals each week of February, beginning today with with Jacksoul's take on Bill Withers' "Use Me."

"Haydain always wanted to do something new. He was passionate at re-working songs, never taking away its unique element," Ron Lopata, Vice President of Warner Music Canada A&R and former Jacksoul member, said of the cover, recorded 15 years ago.

"If there was a time to honour Haydain's perseverance in the Canadian music industry, it's now with this single. This timely cover also pays tribute to the recent passing of Bill Withers, a personal favourite of Haydain's."

Black Alliance Vol. 1 will feature Charmaine's cover of Queen Latifah's "U.N.I.T.Y," while Just John will interpret Missy Elliott's "My Struggles."

Amaal's cover of "Brown Skin" by India.Arie, Andye's cover of Michael Jackson's "Man in the Mirror," and Myles Castello's rendition of Sam Cooke's "A Change Is Gonna Come" round out the comp.

Stream and purchase Black Alliance Vol. 1

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