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Scarlett Johansson, St. Petersburg singer Kendra Morris release charity cover of New Order's 'Bizarre Love Triangle'

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Did you know Scarlett Johansson had a pop band? You probably did. She’s an accomplished singer who’s released several albums, including 2009’s pretty great Break Up with Pete Yorn.

But did you also know one of her bandmates has, for a while now, been St. Petersburg native Kendra Morris?

Morris, 35, and Johansson sing together in a group called Sugar for Sugar, along with singers Julia Haltigan and Holly Miranda. On Thursday they dropped one of their first releases, a cover of New Order’s Bizarre Love Triangle for the HIV/AIDS research organization amfAR. It’s part of The Time Is Now, a compilation of ’80s covers by artists like Aloe Blacc (Michael Jackson’s Billie Jean), Phantogram (Phil CollinsTake Me Home) and DNCE (Tina Turner’s What’s Love Got to Do With It).

A former University of South Florida student who now lives in New York, Morris — the daughter of Tampa Bay Times artist Don Morris — knows a thing or two about quality covers. In 2014 she released Mockingbird, a covers album featuring vintage soul versions of songs by Radiohead, Metallica, David Bowie and Soundgarden, among others. She’s also dropped several albums of her own music, including Babble, released this summer.

Sugar for Sugar isn’t Morris’ first project with Johansson. They formerly collaborated with Haim’s Este Haim in electro-pop group the Singles, whose song Candy was produced by TV On the Radio’s Dave Sitek.

Morris will be back in St. Petersburg in November, performing at the new Et Cultura arts festival on Nov. 19. Click here for details.

The amfAR album The Time Is Now drops Oct. 7. Click here for details. Check out Sugar for Sugar's version of Bizarre Love Triangle below.

-- Jay Cridlin

[Last modified: Friday, September 23, 2016 11:40am]

    

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