One Voice Album released to support Northamptonshire Community Foundation
Written by Martin Steers on August 20, 2020
Some of the best known singer songwriters and music groups from across the county feature on One Voice, the new compilation album which has just been released. The One Voice collection brings together songs recorded during the coronavirus pandemic by 27 acts including Billy Lockett, Greg Coulson and the Northampton Male Voice Choir.
The project has been put together by musician and producer Tommy Gardner, who in July appealed for performers interested in featuring on the compilation to get in touch. He said: “The reaction from both the general community and the music scene to this project has been amazing! Every time I logged in to the One Voice email account there was more tracks waiting to be listened to. It was incredible to see everyone willing to get involved. The initial plan for this was to have around 10 to 12 tracks but that soon escalated into the brilliant line-up we have today. I’m very pleased with the mix of artists on this album. We have lots of solo artists, a few bands and even two choirs.”
The compilation also features Velvet Engine, That Joe Payne, the Ginger Pig Band, Amii Dawes, Green Leaves Down and Hazeyjane. It is available as a two-disc ‘digipak’ which also features artwork donated by the general public showing their lockdown experiences.
Tommy was inspired to put the compilation together after seeing performances online by groups and musicians who have been unable to play in venues because of the Coronavirus.
He said: “During lockdown I put together many collaborations with various artists and felt the music scene was more alive than ever, even if this was virtual. Every time I went on to social media there was always a singer, band or choirs performing by either posting videos or live streamed concerts. I think that those few months gave artists an opportunity to reach audiences that they may never have reached before all of this. As restrictions began to relax and the online music performances started to reduce, I thought it would be amazing to get a selection of the ‘lockdown’ performances together on album to create a lasting memory through music of that time.”
All profits from sales will be donated to the Northamptonshire Community Foundation which plans to us the money as part of its Coronavirus Response and Recovery Fund which helps community groups and vulnerable people.
The Album along with merchandise such as a Mug and a T-Shirt is available for the One Voice Website, www.onevoicenorthants.co.uk
“For me, this album is for Northamptonshire and about creating a lasting memory through music of our experiences.” – Tommy Gardner