Scottish singer-songwriter Dan Healy and Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust Choir have released a charity single dedicated to key workers, with proceeds going to NHS Charities Together’s COVID-19 Urgent Appeal, the ballad and accompanying music video take the perspective of the citizens obeying the government’s stay-at-home mandate, while expressing appreciation for NHS healthcare professionals and key workers. The music video features footage and messages of celebration and thanks to healthcare workers, posties, rail workers & refuse workers to name a few.
The track features the Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust Choir, which is comprised of NHS healthcare professionals. In addition to releasing singles including a Christmas No1, and full-length studio albums, the Choir has performed on television as well as major events and venues including Glastonbury Festival, The FA Cup Final, Royal Albert Hall and more.
“When Dan contacted us via NHS Charities Together we wanted to support the project. It’s an original song, thanking NHS staff and keyworkers. All the choir are incredibly busy at work, but we have found the choir to be a source of moral support in this time, and some of us were able to send voice recordings using our phones. We think it important to say thank you to all keyworkers as we’re all a team, working through this together.” – Lewisham & Greenwich NHS Choir
Dan Healy is a Scottish singer-songwriter, actor and rhythm guitarist. A regular writing partner of Ronan Keating and session player for many other artists, he is also a songwriter for Concord Publishing, where he works with artists from London, Nashville and Los Angeles. As an actor, Dan has performed at London’s West End, Toronto and Los Angeles. Most recently, Dan appeared as the lead in “Once The Musical” during the show’s widely celebrated first UK tour.
Performed and recorded remotely, Dan and the NHS Choir are joined by international session musicians who have performed countless shows and studio recordings with the likes of Van Morrison, Mick Jagger, Sinead O’Connor, Robbie Williams, Ronan Keating, Kylie Minogue, Boyzone, Tom Jones and more. Also appearing on the track are internationally acclaimed Irish rock violinist group Sephira, sisters Joyce and Ruth O’Leary, who have performed with global sensations including but not limited to Andrea Bocelli, Kanye West, and Enya.
“Thank you to everyone in involved in the process of making this production. Thank you to those who took time out of their lives to send in videos, with smiles and creativity in the midst of a pandemic. Thank you to those people on the front line risking their health so that we can stand, for a moment, in shade of normality. Keep beating the drum, for the forgotten ones”. – Dan HealyTo Download the song click here
“When we heard ‘The Forgotten Ones’, it encapsulated exactly the gratitude we are feeling towards NHS staff and volunteers. Nothing about the choices staff and volunteers have made in their lives has changed–it’s just that their courage and willingness to risk themselves to keep us safe has suddenly been thrown into stark relief. You can say thank you by downloading this track as it will generate proceeds that NHS charities will use to support staff and volunteers dealing with COVID head on,” said Ellie Orton, CEO of NHS Charities Together.
“The Forgotten Ones” track and music video are now available for download on the iTunes Store, Amazon Music and Google Play. Proceeds from the downloads of the track and all donations will go to NHS Charities Together to support NHS workers and their families during these difficult times. To donate please click here
After the Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust Choir achieved a Christmas No1 in 2015 with their smash hit ‘A Bridge Over You’ with Justin Bieber’s support, Cllr Alan Hall put forward a motion to Lewisham Council to recognise this national achievement and called for a performance at the town hall. The choir did perform at the Council’s AGM around Easter, superbly. At that time the choir said:
“We do this job because we love it and are committed to looking after our patients. We think this song sums up that sentiment and is a way of celebrating the thousands of dedicated staff across the country.”
“Lewisham Council congratulates the Lewisham & Greenwich NHS Choir on
their Christmas number one charity single ‘A Bridge Over You’ and
commends the choir organisers for the positive effect their musical
endeavours have had in terms of raising the profile of the NHS as a whole,
boosting morale and raising funds for charity.
To ensure that the choir’s victory continues to flourish in the collective
memory of Lewisham and the NHS, and ensure that the national support for our health services shown by the public who supported the choir remains current and prominent, council calls upon the Mayor of Lewisham to undertake the following:
• Write to the choir expressing the council’s thanks for their hard work and
congratulations on their success, both in the recording studio and on the
• Invite the choir to perform at the Council AGM.
• Follow the example of Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Chief Executive Tim
Higginson in thanking singer Justin Bieber for his support for the choir’s
efforts, after his asking fans to buy ‘A Bridge Over You’ gave a major boost to the choir’s quest for the festive top spot and extend a warm welcome to Mr Bieber if he wishes to perform at the council AGM.”
Let’s hope that this new single does equally well, topping the UK charts.
Releasing a charity single at this time of international public health concern over a pandemic is in the true spirit of the Lewisham & Greenwich NHS Choir.
The choir were at the forefront of the campaign to Save Lewisham Hospital and with that success have gone on from strength to strength.
Thank you to all the NHS and keyworkers and as the song goes, ‘thankyou so much we mean it from the bottom of our hearts.’
Please download the new charity single here
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