Sting performs 'The Empty Chair' at the 2017 Oscars

Music 28/02/2017

At the 89th Annual Academy Awards for 2017 Sting performed his Oscar nominated song 'The Empty Chair.'

The song was featured on the soundtrack of Jim: The James Foley Story, a documentary about American Journalist James Foley who was captured and killed in Syria. 

The Music for the song is by J. Ralph.

Sting performed the song at Sundance ASCAP Music Cafe last year with Foley's family there to watch.

The stakes are higher when you’re writing about a person who really existed, a person with family and friends you want to honor.

He told Billboard. “I’m glad I found the metaphor of the empty chair. I said no at first [when Ralph asked]. I said 'This is beyond my powers.' I curated the song from what [Jim’s] family and friends said about him. It’s their song.”

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