R&B Singer/Songwriter Guordan Banks Performs Live for the Mirror Musicians Fund
The MMF provides grants for working musicians and industry members impacted by the COVID-19 Pandemic. Tune in via YouTube Live on Friday, May 8th @ 4PM PST / 7PM EST.
By: Mirror Musicians Fund
"Musicians are the lifeblood of the music industry. With so many tours and shows abruptly cancelled due to the Pandemic, musicians have been left high and dry. It's my intention to help ease the pain where I can via the Mirror Musicians Fund" - Guordan Banks
Guordan Banks (jour-DAN), dubbed The Prince of Soul, exploded on the scene in 2015 with the R&B smash "Keep You In Mind" becoming the first Independent R&B artist to reach #1 on Billboard. The success of which led to Chris Brown appearing on the remix, inclusion of the track on Issa Rae's soundtrack for Insecure (S1), and the honor of being chosen for President Obama's Valentine's Playlist. Last year, before any hint of COVID-19, Banks lit up the charts again with "Can't Keep Runnin'" erasing all doubt about the Philly native's staying power in the fickle world of contemporary R&B. As a songwriter, he's penned for John Legend, Kanye West, Keyshia Cole and Lalah Hathaway among others. Hathaway's Grammy Award winning album "Lalah Hathaway Live" includes the song "Mirror" which inspired Guordan's recent entrepreneurial and charitable efforts. For each mask sold at www.mirrormusiciansfund.com, a free mask is provided to first responders and health care workers.
"You have to find a way to make it...these clouds aren't letting up for awhile.
Sometimes you have to make the mirror your best friend.
And maybe then you'll find some peace within...love yourself when no one else can."
In a nod to Mental Health Awareness Month, the lyrics of "Mirror" speak to self-love and self care. Many who are isolated during the COVID-19 quarantine report a range of emotions from stress to depression. Gig workers, like musicians, who suddenly lose their only source of income are under additional stress. For this reason Guordan Banks encouraging participation in the #mirrorpoetrychallenge to share their experiences during this difficult time.
Banks and The Mirror Musicians Fund encourage anyone experiencing anxiety and stress to practice "self-care" by seeking assistance. NAMI, the National Association for Mental Illness provides a list of Top Helpline Resources available here: bit.ly/MHLIST
For inspiration, experience Guordan Banks's rendition of "Mirror" HERE: bit.ly/GBMIRROR
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