How do you record an orchestra if you can’t get them to play together? If you’re Melody Gardot, you get them to play apart.

The Grammy-nominated American jazz singer had planned to record part of her new album with the London Symphony Orchestra before the spread of COVID-19 sent Europe (and the rest of the world) into lockdown, confining Gardot to her home in Paris and spoiling those plans to finish recording her music.

However, Gardot came up with a way to finish the album while also offering paid gigs to out-of-work musicians and donating money to help healthcare workers working on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic.

This month, Gardot called upon musicians from around the world to help with her new song From Paris With Love by recording string, woodwind or harp sections from home.