There’s a great Prince quote from back in the day that perfectly encapsulates why he was so special: “I never wanted to fit in with my music, whatever the trend was, I usually went in the opposite direction.” And while Prince was a singularly spectacular and unprecedented talent, it is reassuring to know that that a bit of that same spirit and philosophy lives on, within arguably the biggest pop star of right now, Billie Eilish. Which is to say, the further she travels in the other direction, the better she gets.
That extends to her choices in cover songs which can be kind of offbeat. For Global Citizen’s recent One World: Together At Home concert event she and her brother-slash-musical partner Finneas chose to perform a song that, while born out of tragedy, was built to uplift, Bobby Hebb’s eternal classic from 1966, “Sunny.”
In light of everything right now, it’s a particularly sweet cover choice and lends itself perfectly to the requisite lo-fi set-up required. Featuring some ever so slightly Booker T style soul keyboard from her brother, Billie delivers a vocal of genuine warmth and beauty.