Joy Crooks announced the Gaza fundraiser in London with Choose Love

Joy Crooks has announced plans to hold a charity gig in London to raise money for the humanitarian crisis in Gaza.

The R&B singer will perform at Hackney Church in the capital on December 5, with money raised going to Choose Love, an NGO that works closely with refugees and is on the ground in Gaza.

Tickets for the show went on sale on Wednesday (November 22) and are already sold out.

Crooks said of her motivation for the event: “I felt motivated to host this fundraiser with Choose Love because I think the devastation we’ve seen in Gaza over the last 40 days is undeniably heartbreaking and a huge humanitarian crisis. I have seen it in the 25 years I have been alive.

„I feel that one of the greatest privileges of being a musician is our voices. We can be loud for the unheard. I hope that on December 5th we can come together and create an outpouring of love, generosity and compassion.

Crooks’ debut studio album 'Skin’, released in 2021, reached the top five in the UK Albums Chart. He was nominated for the Rising Star Award at the 2020 Brits and Best Newcomer at the 2021 MOBO Awards.

’Skin’ was shortlisted for the 2022 Mercury Prize and received nominations for Best New Artist and Best Pop/R&B Act at the same year’s Brit Awards.

At Glastonbury 2022, NME The Pyramid caught up with Crooks backstage at Glastonbury after his slot on stage. „It’s surreal, absolutely surreal,” he said. „It was overwhelming in an amazing way. I cried on stage because it was so overwhelming. It feels like meditating because it goes so fast, but it feels like you’re doing so many things.

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This week thousands of musicians, including Pulp, Lucy Dacus and Sleater-Kinney, signed an open letter calling for a ceasefire in Gaza.

More than 4000 artists have come together and signed a letter Musicians for Palestine call for a cease-fire War continues in Israel and Gaza.

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