Mike Einziger of Incubus and others perform at Grammy’s Play it Forward

We all rather get curious as to what influences the celebrities and artists of our time guided them to be who they are. At the Grammy Foundation’s 15th Annual Music Preservation Project at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills, California on February 7, they gave their answers. As expected, their answers were just as amazing as their songs. The night titled “Play it Forward” was an event to celebrate the innovators and influencers of music.

There were many talents seated at the ornate theater. Songwriter and Grammy-winner Dionne Warwick sang “What the World Needs Now is Love,” which was written by her famous collaborators Burt Bachrach and Hal David. The screen projected a plethora of musical family trees, guiding us through the roots of musicians throughout the generations, from original artists to the current ones today. It went from Billie Holiday and Leadbelly to John Mayer and Alicia Keys.

The theater briefly felt like it was a gospel church when Yolanda Adams got everyone on their feet with her performance. Adams’ performance was full of passion and certainly inspired those in attendance, as well as those at home, when she sang “I got the victory!”

Mike Einziger of Incubus teamed up with violinist Ann Marie Simpson, who was amazingly playing a 1700s era Stradivarius, played bluegrass. Einziger and Simspon mixed rock and classic violin to form something very special, showing that music can inspire in ways you probably weren’t even thinking of.