Chris Martin is recognized as one of the most philanthropic and good-natured musicians on the planet and the Coldplay frontman’s latest kind act paid tribute to the late George Michael.
Martin quietly spent time during the holiday season at the Crisis homeless shelter in London.
According to an attendee’s now-deleted Instagram post, Martin stopped by “with no fuss, no fanfare and no press, to help make tea and coffee and also play guitar so the guests can have a sing song.”
In a video posted by the shelter on Facebook, Martin performed a rendition of Wham!’s “Last Christmas” with the help of a man named Kevin (known at the shelter as the “King of Karaoke”).
The song was a fitting tribute to Michael, not only because he passed away on Christmas (December 25) at age 53 but because, throughout his career, he gave royalties from many of his songs to charities.
In addition to “Last Christmas,” Michael was known for another seasonal tune, “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” which he performed alongside other famous musicians in the supergroup, Band Aid in 1984.
The song helped raise money for Ethiopia famine relief and is still in rotation on many radio stations during the holidays.
As for Martin, this isn’t the first time the singer used his talents to help the homeless.
In December, he played a surprise set at the Mercury Lounge in New York City to benefit the Bowery Mission and, like he did at Crisis, Martin performed with a member of the organization.