Beth Ditto‘s compelling version of “I’m Alive” is out today and available for download and streaming HERE. View the static video HERE. Max Factor has licensed the track for an international advertising campaign that will begin airing in the U.K. in February. Written by Tommy James, “I’m Alive” was first recorded in 1968 by R&B legend Johnny Thunder.
“Being alive is radical right now! So let’s live!” said Beth Ditto, who adds she was drawn to the song’s simple, elemental joy, which feels defiant in the darkness of the current social and political landscape.
Ditto will kick off her first tour of 2018 on March 7 in her home state of Arkansas, performing at Revolution Music Room in Little Rock. Tickets are on sale now for the North American run, which includes shows at New York’s Brooklyn Steel (March 14), The Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles, CA (March 23) and Wonder Ballroom in Portland, OR (March 27). See below for itinerary or visit www.bethditto.com.
In addition to releasing six acclaimed albums with the Gossip, Ditto has recorded with such artists as Blondie and disco legend Cerrone, collaborated with Jean Paul Gaultier on her eponymous plus-sized luxury clothing line, modeled for Marc Jacobs. She appears in the new Gus Van Sant film, Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far On Foot, which premieres at the Sundance Film Festival today.