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Press Play At Home: Watch Luke Hemmings' Warm Performance Of "Baby Blue"

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Press Play At Home: Watch Luke Hemmings' Warm Performance Of "Baby Blue"

Embrace the last moments of summer as 5 Seconds of Summer lead singer Luke Hemmings delivers a warm performance of "Baby Blue," off his 2021 debut solo album, 'When Facing The Things We Turn Away From'

GRAMMYs/Sep 21, 2021 - 08:00 pm

During the COVID-19 lockdown, with so much of our everyday lives upended, many of us had to find new ways to entertain ourselves and process everything that was happening. For artists like 5 Seconds of Summer lead singer Luke Hemmings, songwriting was a natural outlet.

While the Australian pop singer/songwriter didn't originally plan to make his debut solo album during the COVID lockdown, that's exactly what happened. With support from songwriter and producer Sammy Witte, as well as Hemmings' fiancé, songwriter Sierra Deaton, his creative outlet during the pandemic became When Facing The Things We Turn Away From, released in August.

In the latest edition of Press Play At Home, embrace the last moments of summer as Hemmings performs "Baby Blue," one of the album's tracks he co-wrote with Deaton.

After you get swept up in his performance, explore more episodes of Press Play At Home below.

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Press Play At Home: Watch Dodie Perform A Morning-After Version Of "Four Tequilas Down"

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Press Play At Home: Watch Dodie Perform A Morning-After Version Of "Four Tequilas Down"

In the latest episode of Press Play At Home, singer/songwriter dodie conjures a bleary last call in a hushed performance of "Four Tequilas Down"

GRAMMYs/Jun 24, 2021 - 07:38 pm

"Four Tequilas Down" is as much a song as it is a memory—a half-remembered one. "Did you make your eyes blur?/So that in the dark, I'd look like her?" dodie, the song's writer and performer, asks. To almost anyone who's engaged in a buzzed rebound, that detail alone should elicit a wince of recognition.

Such is dodie's beyond-her-years mastery of her craft: Over a simple, spare chord progression, she can use an economy of words to twist the knife. "So just hold me like you mean it," dodie sings at the song's end. "We'll pretend because we need it."

In the latest episode of Press Play At Home, watch dodie stretch her songwriting muscles while conjuring a chemically altered Saturday night—and the Sunday morning full of regrets, too.

Check out dodie's hushed-yet-intense performance of "Four Tequilas Down" above and click here to enjoy more episodes of Press Play At Home.

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Press Play At Home: Francisca Valenzuela Performs Her Courageous Feminist Paean "La Fortaleza"

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Press Play At Home: Francisca Valenzuela Performs Her Courageous Feminist Paean "La Fortaleza"

The outspoken Chilean singer/songwriter Francisca Valenzuela sings of womanhood and will to power

GRAMMYs/Feb 25, 2021 - 11:30 pm

For Francisca Valenzuela, feminism isn't a radical notion, but a self-evident truth. The daughter of two renowned Chilean scientists, she's published muscular, experiential poetry (like her 2000 book, Defenseless Waters, which she published in her early teens) and founded Ruidosa, a festival, platform and community that elevates female voices.

In this episode of Press Play At Home, Valenzuela sings "La Fortaleza," which contains her worldview in microcosm. "Everything that has happened has led me to today," she sings in Spanish. "I look ahead to the horizon and I bury the guilt and leave/I pack a suitcase, take a deep breath and don't look back/Setting sun, rising sun will accompany me."

Check out Francisca Valenzuela's riveting performance of "La Fortaleza" above, and watch other episodes of Press Play At Home.

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Press Play At Home: Aaron Lee Tasjan's Playful Performance Of "Computer Of Love"

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Press Play At Home: Aaron Lee Tasjan's Playful Performance Of "Computer Of Love"

"Some advanced technology is eating through my brain," Tasjan laments at the start of the lively folk-rock song

GRAMMYs/Dec 18, 2020 - 12:02 am

In the latest episode of Press Play At Home, Nashville-based singer/songwriter Aaron Lee Tasjan offers a playful yet piercing take on technological dependency in his performance of "Computer of Love."

"Some advanced technology is eating through my brain," Tasjan laments at the start of the lively folk-rock song. Watch his full performance below.

Featured on his forthcoming, genre-bending album, Tasjan! Tasjan! Tasjan!, out Feb. 5, 2021, the song references the disconnection caused by technology and social media and the emotional barriers they create within and between people.

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Chika Drops Stripped-Down Version Of "Balencies" For Press Play

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Chika Drops Stripped-Down Version Of "Balencies" For Press Play

The Alabama rapper gives an intimate performance of her song "Balencies" from her major label debut EP 'Industry Games'

GRAMMYs/Aug 27, 2020 - 11:17 pm

Chika is having a breakout year, no matter how you look at it. Born Jane Chika Oranika in Montgomery, Ala., the first-generation Nigerian-American rapper was named to XXL Magazine's 2020 Freshman Class. And it's easy to see why:

The self-described "professional truth-teller" with "a pen that's tactical," Chika shines in the latest edition of Press Play At Home, delivering an intimate version of "Balencies" from her major label debut EP Industry Games.

"The time that went into 'Industry Games,' was a year of my life, last year specifically," she recently told The Recording Academy. "I think that I fleshed out a lot more about myself with this project. You get more of my thought process, and the way my brain actually works––I get to share how crazy and hectic it gets in my brain sometimes. [Laughs.] You hear me versus my ego on it, and what that sounds like for me to be this soft-spoken person, but having a bigger ego, and having to defend certain words."

"Balencies," produced by Lido, also features production elements chosen by her puppy, Vision, who gets a nice shoutout in one of her verses. Chika's soulful, poetic lyricism shows her poetry slam roots and the influence of her southern upbringing in the church, which had a strong musical influence on her style. 

Enjoy Chika's very personal performance of "Balencies" and stay tuned for more outstanding original music from GRAMMY.com's Press Play series.

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