Nicole Atkins Covers David Bowie With Postmodern Jukebox

By Andy Kahn Feb 4, 2016 3:58 pm PST

The latest entry in Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox‘s video series features vocalist Nicole Atkins covering a classic David Bowie track. The recently posted video features Atkins leading a moving version of Bowie’s “Heroes” in honor of the late musician.

Producer Tony Visconti recently discussed the recording of the original 1977 Bowie version of the song that included contributions from Brian Eno and Robert Fripp and lyrics inspired by Visconti’s actions in Berlin while making the record. Released on World Cancer Day, PMJ will be donating their portion of sales from “Heroes” to the Cancer Research Institute.

Bradlee shared the following regarding the new video:

I was thinking of ways to honor the incredible legacy of David Bowie and got a call from my friend Nicole Atkins. She has the kind of voice that expresses pure emotion in every note, and I knew instantly that I had found the right vocalist for this tribute. 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. So this performance of ‘Heroes’ is dedicated not only to Bowie, but to all the heroes out there – whether family, friend, or stranger – that have battled cancer.

Atkins passed along this message about the cover:

Scott and I used to sing jazz standards together 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. We each have a parent that are cancer survivors and have so many friends that have been similarly affected by this disease. 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.

Follow this link to download this single and watch the video below:

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