Well before Cara Delevingne made her big-screen debut, in 2012’s Anna Karenina, she was a music video star: She made her tiny-screen debut in 2010, in Bryan Ferry’s “You Can Dance.” But not since her turn in the Taylor Swift revenge fantasy “Bad Blood,” in 2015, had Delevingne lent her talents to another musician’s song (her own video for Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets aside)—until this week, when the Spencer Lee Band unveiled the visual accompaniment for “River Water,” a track off the band’s recently released self-titled debut album.
Before Spencer Lee got his big break as the frontman of his eponymous band, signing with superstar manager Scooter Braun, he was homeless. Sleeping on a blown up mattress in the back of his car, Lee wrote the lyrics to his song “River Water,” when he was living on the streets of LA. “Fuck being homeless. It sucks,” Lee says about the single, “I want people to keep fighting the good fight. This is for all of them still out in those streets at night.”
It is from this personal experience that the video for “River Water” was born. In her most moving performance to date, model and actress Cara Delevingne portrays a the life of a homeless woman coping with addiction. Digging through dumpsters, busking for a few quarters, and sleeping in the gutter, Delevingne deals with heartbreaking hardship after hardship in a way that feels very raw and vulnerable.
Billboard: Cara Delevingne Is a Homeless Drug Addict in The Spencer Lee Band’s Harrowing ‘River Water’ Video: Watch04 Oct 2018/Filed in: Press
Cara Delevingne brings awareness to homelessness in The Spencer Lee Band’s new music video for their song “River Water,” released Wednesday.
The video stars Delevingne, 26, as a homeless drug addict fighting her inner-demons on the streets and struggling to reclaim her life.
“River Water” is extremely personal for the band’s frontman Spencer Lee, who wrote the lyrics to the song when he was homeless in LA before he was discovered by manager Scooter Braun. Reflecting on his strong connection to the song and reclaiming ownership of his past, Lee ends the music video with simple text that reads, “Her story is my story.”
People: Cara Delevingne Sheds Light on Homelessness in The Spencer Lee Band’s ‘River Water’ Music Video03 Oct 2018/Filed in: Press
The Spencer Lee Band is painting a vivid picture of frontman Spencer Lee’s past days of living on the streets of Los Angeles in their new music video for their single “River Water,” where his experience is portrayed by model-actress Cara Delevingne.
“I was homeless in these L.A. streets when I wrote ‘River Water,’” he says in a press release about the single. “F— being homeless. It sucks. I want people to keep fighting the good fight. This is for all of them still out in those streets at night.”
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- Billboard: Cara Delevingne Is a Homeless Drug Addict in The Spencer Lee Band’s Harrowing ‘River Water’ Video: WatchOctober 4, 2018 - 1:29 pm
- People: Cara Delevingne Sheds Light on Homelessness in The Spencer Lee Band’s ‘River Water’ Music VideoOctober 3, 2018 - 1:26 pm
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