WHO: MICHAEL BUBLÉ, BARENAKED LADIES, SOFIA REYES
WHAT: TEAM UP ON TIMELY NEW SINGLE, “GOTTA BE PATIENT” ON WARNER RECORDS
WHY: Proceeds Donated to Various Charities
WHEN: Friday, May 1, 2020
THE STORY BEHIND THE SONG: Grammy Award-winning singer Michael Bublé heard the song “Gotta Be Patient,” written by Spanish artists Stay Homas, while self-quarantined with his family in Vancouver. He loved it and immediately shared it on his Facebook page. The response from fans was overwhelming and it inspired him to record it with a little help from longtime friends Barenaked Ladies and Warner-Latino Mexican artist Sofia Reyes.
Bublé will be donating his proceeds to the Red Cross in Canada and Argentina. Proceeds for Barenaked Ladies will go to Cultural Survival which provides indigenous communities rights and cultures worldwide. Sofia will be donating her proceeds to various Latin charities (www.sofiareyes.com).
“Gotta Be Patient” was written by Rai Benet, Guillem Boltó, and Klaus Stroink of Barcelona-based Stay Homas. The group records a new song every day from their rooftop in Barcelona during the quarantine (@stay.homas).
BARENAKED LADIES: “What a pleasure to collaborate with Michael and Sofia. It all came together so quickly and just captured what can be a silver lining in these difficult times. Music finds a way!” commented lead singer Ed Robertson (www.barenakedladies.com).
MICHAEL BUBLÉ: “I couldn’t get the song out of my head and the more I thought about it and despite the difficulties of putting it together with everyone isolating at home, I went for it. I reached out to Barenaked Ladies and Sofia who agreed to come on board. The bilingual aspect along with the song’s message was especially appealing since we are all in this together. I’m reminded of that while going back and forth in English and Spanish with my kids daily. Seems like one big language.”
IN OTHER BNL NEWS: BNL, along with everyone else, are currently quarantined at home with their families. They are producing a series of SelfieCamJams in addition to Ed’s live stream every Friday afternoon, all of which are benefiting various charities.
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Over the course of their remarkable career, Barenaked Ladies have written a variety of top 20 hits (including radio staples “One Week,” “Pinch Me,” “If I Had $1,000,000”), garnered two GRAMMY nominations, won eight JUNO Awards, had Ben & Jerry’s name an ice cream after them, wrote and recorded the theme song to the TV series The Big Bang Theory, and participated in the first-ever “space-to-earth musical collaboration” with astronaut Chris Hadfield. The band has also been inducted to the Canadian Music Hall of Fame, and received a proclamation from Toronto Mayor John Tory declaring October 1st “Barenaked Ladies Day.