"Ive really been able to focus on a few things that I haven't been able to focus on ever in my life which are self-care, balance, and boundaries... and very much at the exact right time. I've been waking up with the birds at 5am writing until 10am which really fills me up. I've never had the luxury of being able to do that... I've had to write while always doing something else so it's just been a blessing on that front. I'm working on my memoir, a children's picture book, I'm writing a musical, I finished a pilot for a series I'm developing, I got new music coming out. I'm blessed with being a freelance artist for the last 30+ years so the machine has already been working in this way all my life."
Since quarantine, Porter has released a soul-stirring cover of Stephen Stills’ “For What It’s Worth,” as performed by Buffalo Springfield, continuing the legacy of using his art as a means to raise consciousness. Porter has re-imagined the folk-rock classic adding a soulful spin that rocks out as much as it "grooves out." Porter’s innovative take finds him laying down multiple vocal parts that build to an uplifting crescendo that takes the iconic tune into new territory. The song is produced by Zack Arnett of SUR and executive produced by Bill Butler and Carmen Cacciatore for The Butler Music Company Inc.
“One of the heartening things that I’ve seen during the Coronavirus outbreak is how we’ve all banded together. Everyone doing their part, checking on each other, using technology to connect with one another,” said Porter. “I think the messages in ‘For What It’s Worth’ are so relevant now. It’s a song about unifying and coming together to make a change.”
Watch Billy Porter's full interview with iHeartRadio Broadway in the video player above!