Jennifer Nettles wants to use her voice to empower people during this difficult time. The lead vocalist of Sugarland recently recorded a cover of the song "Tomorrow" from the musical Annie, and her rendition is different from what people might expect!
Instead of being upbeat and cheerful like the original song, Nettles has chosen to make her "Tomorrow" more sombre in tone, as Broadway musician Alex Lacamoire accompanies her on the track with a melancholy piano.
Nettles says the song celebrates "our resilience and our hope"
Nettles spoke about what inspired her to record the song in an exclusive interview with People. "There is so much uncertainty, anxiety and disruption happening right now," she said. "While the context of a pandemic is unprecedented in our lifetime, as a country we have been through hard, scary times together before".
As for why she chose to share her version of "Tomorrow" with the world in its current state, Nettles explained that she hoped it would be a reminder of America's strength and perseverance through hardships. "I wanted to remind people of our resilience," she explained. "Hope is one of our biggest superpowers in this country. This song and video celebrate both: our resilience and our hope".
According to People, Nettles' version of "Tomorrow" will be appearing on an album of artists covering theatre songs. She recorded the song on March 12th, which happened to be the same day Broadway theatres were forced to close their doors due to government-enforced health and safety measures.
Nettles shares powerful music video for her version of "Tomorrow"
Nettles also released a music video to go along with the song, which is visually evocative of the message of resilience and hope she wants it to convey. The video shows footage of some tragic events in the history of the United States, including the Sept. 11 terror attacks and Hurricane Katrina.
However, the devastating clips are interspersed with footage of inspirational activists, such as Martin Luther King, Jr. and Greta Thunberg. The music video ultimately ends on a hopeful note, with Nettles and her son Magnus Hamilton blowing a kiss. It also includes a PSA from a medical worker, who holds up a sign saying “Be responsible. Stay home because I can’t".
"We have made sacrifices on the fire, we have seen movements and leaders rise from those ashes and we have found ourselves forged by those fires within our communities and families," Nettles said to Nash Country Daily. "I hope this song lets you feel all that you need to feel. And then I hope it reminds you that, indeed, the sun will come out tomorrow".
Listen to Jennifer Nettles' version of "Tomorrow" featuring Alex Lacamoire, and watch the music video here!