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16 December 2022

Brandi Carlile, Stevie Wonder For Paul Simon Tribute Show

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Brandi Carlile, Sting, Stevie Wonder and the Jonas Brothers are set to feature in an upcoming tribute to songwriting great Paul Simon. Homeward Bound: A Grammy Salute to the Songs of Paul Simon was recorded back in April at the Pantages Theatre in Los Angeles and will air on 21 December 21 at 9pm ET on CBS. It will also be available to stream on Paramount+.

The show will also feature performances from Dave Matthews, Billy Porter, Trombone Shorty, Brad Paisley, Little Big Town, and Shaggy featuring fellow reggae star Jimmy Cliff. Elton John, Oprah Winfrey and Sofia Carson are also due to appear.

Ken Ehrlich, who produced the star-studded show said : “I’ve known Paul for more than 40 years. I first met him when Paul and I did what I think was one of the first HBO music specials, in 1980. Doing it this year really solidified the last time we worked together, which was on the Global Citizen special in Central Park last September, where he closed the show with Sound of Silence. I knew we were thinking about doing the next one of these, and it was then it was clear it really needs to be Paul Simon.”

Manwhile, Brandi Carlile The singer recently spoke to the Wall Street Journal about her hugely successful year, in which she released an acclaimed autobiography and performed with two heroes – Joni Mitchell and Elton John. “The words ‘life affirming’ keep going through my head”, said Carlile. “Because that’s exactly what it was. It is life affirming to know that you’ve done it, and that the people that you’ve chosen as a beacon of light for yourself are giving you this gentle nod, saying, ‘You did it.’ But that’s the beauty of having this moment in my 40s and not in my 20s. I get to experience these moments, calm my heart, and I can control myself. I can feel my feet on the ground and be there in the moment. I didn’t know how to do that in my 20s and 30s, so I love having this latter-day moment, these latter-day affirmations.”

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