Gritty Collaboration Shreds Homelessness with a New Cover of Temple of The Dog’s Song, “Hunger Strike”

Today is World Hunger Day, this year the organization is highlighting the critical importance of access to education, healthcare, and technology in ending hunger. To support this effort VK Lynne curated an all-female tribute to cover Temple of the Dog’s song Hunger Strike with profits benefitting Union Rescue Mission.

Nothing speaks to the heart of what Balanced Breakfast is about more than collaboration. I’ve met countless artists as a result of this community and am amazed by what I see in my social feeds from these people every single day. One of the standout human beings I had the pleasure of meeting through last year’s Rock Lotto was VK Lynne—the prolific, pink-haired songwriter and talented front for the modern rock band, The Spider Accomplice. I was honored when she reached out to me this week to give me a sneak peek into her latest collaboration.

The single is available through all major music services (Apple Music, Spotify, Amazon, etc.) and all proceeds will be donated to L.A.’s Union Rescue Mission. They are one of the largest missions of their kind in America—bringing help and hope to men, women, and children experiencing homelessness in Downtown Los Angeles. She sent me an advance copy of the single, and it blew me away. I can’t wait for you all to hear it.

Featured on the single are Leah Martin-Brown (Evol Walks), VK Lynne (The Spider Accomplice), Alex Nicole Windsor (Shiragirl), Raine Palladino (Shiragirl), and B.B. Kates (The Drained). This incredible supergroup met through Gritty In Pink, a new platform empowering women in music through performance, partnerships, and networking opportunities. They strive to provide community and a stage for female voices in a male-dominated industry.

“We had been wanting to do a collaboration for a while,” Lynne explains, “and here in LA, homelessness, and hunger have ballooned in the pandemic. It seemed like a natural fit to use our platform to highlight those issues and, at the same time, raise funds to donate towards the cause.”

I hope you’ll join me and support the Union Rescue Mission by purchasing this awesome track on Friday. And don’t forget to follow all of these inspirational women as they continue making the world a better place through music and collaboration.

Follow @grittyinpinklife, @adventuresinplasticland, @vklynne, @alexnicolewindsor, @rainey_p, and @zombbkates on Instagram.

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