"This is a topic that is really important to me."
Raja Kumari has been announced as one of the artists involved in the tribute to the late Amy Winehouse that is set to live stream on July 23, 2021.
The star-studded lineup will see both established and rising artists come together to pay homage to the British singer-songwriter on the 10th anniversary of her passing.
Titled ‘Back to Amy’, the three-hour “festival style” event will take place at City Winery Nashville, where there is a new physical exhibit dedicated to Winehouse.
There is also a collaboration between The MusiCares Foundation, the philanthropic partner of the Recording Academy, and the Amy Winehouse Foundation.
The show will include performances from the Nashville venue, recordings from around the globe and spoken-word dispatches from other musicians.
After Amy Winehouse’s death from alcohol poisoning, her family launched the Amy Winehouse Foundation to inspire young adults to build their self-esteem and resilience.
Raja Kumari will be part of the tribute, having carved a distinct reputation for herself in the global music industry with her revolutionary art form.
She said: “I am so honoured to be supporting mental health awareness at Back To Amy with MusiCares and the Amy Winehouse Foundation.
“This is a topic that is really important to me.
“I’ve been in therapy for the last year and it’s thoroughly changed my life.
“I try to talk about it as much as I can because it’s kind of taboo in my culture and people don’t want to get help when they really need it.
“As musicians especially in the last two years I think our mental health has come to the forefront.
“Join me in supporting this important cause as we celebrate art, music, empowerment, and Amy’s legacy.”
The tribute will also see performances by the likes of rockstar Chris Daughtry, British rising star Zola Courtney and Nashville-based singer-songwriter Young Summer among others.
All artists will be sharing new songs with a message of promoting positive mental health.
Executive producer Gabriel Gornell said:
“Amy’s fan base is so passionate; they’re still wanting a connection and I couldn’t be more excited than to present them with this celebration.
“I’m extremely grateful to each of the performers who lend their unique touch, worthy of this celebration of Amy’s legacy.
“I’m equally proud that this benefit celebrates inclusivity and diversity and this is a live stream with purpose.”
Exhibit creative director Charles Moriarty added:
“Back to Amy is such a great opportunity to showcase some incredible talent from both sides of the Atlantic.
“There was a time when Amy spent weeks in the back of cars going radio station to station slowly sharing her voice with the country.
“Now with new technology we can take that introduction of fresh, young and vibrant voices to a new level.”
Proceeds from the event will be distributed between The MusiCares Foundation and the Amy Winehouse Foundation.