CHARITY SINGLE: Musical director Chris Cameron has signed up to begin work on charity single to support the #BringBackOurGirlsCampaign
HE’S WORKED with artists including George Michael, Take That and Leona Lewis and now musical director Chris Cameron has joined forces with Michelle John, one of the UK’s most renowned backing vocalist, to record a charity single on behalf of the worldwide #BringBackOurGirls campaign.
An estimated 300 schoolgirls were kidnapped in April from a school in the village of Chibok in northeast Nigeria. Despite global outrage, street protests and the high profile Bring Back Our Girls Twitter campaign, more than 200 of them have still not been found.
This Friday (Aug 8), the pair will join together with an all-female line-up, which includes soul sensation Jocelyn Brown, to record Women of Hope, penned by John, at NUA Entertainment Studios in Larking Farm, Essex.
Gospel artist Natalie Phillips (Italy Gospel Music Awards 2014 nominee) and representatives from this year’s BBC Choir finalist, The Reapers Choir, will be accompanied by a 60-strong female community choir.
John, who has worked with artists such as Elton John, Madonna, Eric Clapton and Annie Lennox, said: “We are delighted to have so many women come together for such a worthy cause.”
She added: “I am passionate about the plight of the missing school girls and feel that the song actively encourages women to come together and unite on their behalf.”
The recording will support the work of the recently formed charity KODA (Keep Our Dreams Alive), which aims to assist young women globally via outreach programmes to have the right to an education and to maximise their full potential.
Yvonne Bruce, the co-founder of KODA and the driving force behind the forthcoming charity single, explained: “It is important that the plight of these young women is not forgotten, each one of us have a responsibility to do what we can to make a difference”.
The Women of Hope charity single is expected to be released in September 2014 and will be available on iTunes and all major digital music retailers. Proceeds from the single will go to rehabilitation projects for the young girls and families who have been affected by the kidnappings.