The descendant of John had promised never to sing his father’s famous song “Imagine” in public.
However, he reconsidered his decision during a fundraising event organized by the Global Citizen collective to aid refugees from Ukraine.
“The conflict in Ukraine is a massive distress… Being a human being and an artist, I felt it was my duty to react in the most effective way,” says the English musician and photographer in the description of his video on YouTube, where he is seen surrounded by candles, sitting on a stool in the dark.
So, on this day, for the first time in my life, I sang this song in front of an audience.
“I have always maintained that the only occasion I would consider performing it would be in the event of an apocalypse,” continues the artist-songwriter.
“Because in this song, we are taken to a place where affection and mutual support are our truth, even if only for a brief moment…”
I urge the world’s leaders and all those who support the sentiment of Imagine to stand with refugees worldwide! Please, advocate and give generously. #SupportUkraine,” he adds.
Co-written with Yoko Ono and produced by Phil Spector, “Imagine” has become over time a universally known anthem for peace.