May 5, 2015


Miley Cyrus Jams in Her Back Yard With Joan Jett for a Good Cause

A couple years ago, Miley Cyrus performed a few of songs behind her house and called it, aptly, the Backyard Sessions. Now the idea's back as a series, debuting today with a cover of Joan Jett 2013 song "Different." Oh, and the "I Love Rock 'n' Roll" singer showed up for the jam sesh, acoustic guitar in tow.

The new Backyard Sessions are presented by the Happy Hippie Foundation, which Miley has created to "fight the injustices faced by homeless youth, LGBT youth and other vulnerable populations." Head to the (flashy, easy-to-use) official website for all the information. Miley's previous activism in the field included the moment she sent a homeless man up to accept her 2014 MTV VMA Award and raise awareness with his impassioned speech.

Rolling Stone reports that future Backyard Sessions will feature Ariana GrandeAgainst Me! leader Laura Jane Grace and veteran singer-songwriter Melanie Safka. All installments will be released on Miley's Facebook page, which has 47 million Likes.

In a statement announcing the Happy Hippie Foundation, Miley said:

"Pointless judgment and its effects are unfortunately something that is way too common. All humans have valid feelings and rights! I want to use my voice as a megaphone to young people everywhere and encourage human evolution. No one should have to hide who they really are, no matter what his or her name, gender or status. That’s why Happy Hippies are here to say that every life is valuable!"