By Darlene Aderoju for People
Laura Benanti - SuckerOfficial Video by Laura Benanti, performing Sucker by The Jonas Brothers. Stream / Purchase here - http://www.laurabenanti.lnk.to/SuckerAY
“I recorded my debut studio album late last year and I’ve been so looking forward to sharing this first single with you. Then a pandemic struck, and the power of perspective illuminated what a small moment this is in light of everything we’re experiencing. So here is my small offering ~100% of my earnings from this single will go to Food Corps; connecting our kids, (regardless of race, place and class), to healthy food during this crisis and beyond. This music video is meant to be a time capsule of sorts. An homage to everyone seeking connection, bringing joy, helping their neighbor, being of service to a stranger, and most of all risking their lives to heal others. Thank you. I see you, and I am so grateful.”
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On Tuesday, the star, 40, released the heartwarming music video for her cover of Jonas Brothers’ hit song “Sucker” to help bring individuals and their loved ones together virtually as they continue to practice social distancing throughout the outbreak. Benanti will generously donate all proceeds from her rendition — which will be featured on her debut album dropping later this year — to FoodCorps, which works to connect kids to healthy food in 18 states and Washington, D.C.
“This song and the accompanying video are meant to celebrate the deep goodness we have witnessed in so many during a terrifying period of isolation,” Benanti tells PEOPLE in a statement. “I wanted to create a time capsule of sorts, highlighting our desire for connection, our willingness to reach out and help our neighbors, and most importantly to honor the bravest and most selfless among us risking their lives to help others.”
“The video is comprised of family and friends, as well as people I connected with through the world of social media who are being of service in their communities, as well as young people being beacons of light in the darkness through their #SunshineSongs,” she adds.
Not only does the video include sweet clips from fans, families and essential workers, Benanti tells PEOPLE the song includes a charitable component. “I am honored to donate 100 percent of my earnings from this single to FoodCorps, ensuring children who rely on school for their nutrition will not go hungry during this period of quarantine,” the Broadway star says.