I'll be releasing an album in late 2021, and I've decided to donate all profits raised to support Mental Health care in the UK. I'm asking for your support in funding the production of the album, enabling us to release a truly inspiring record. Songs born from the darkest of days will help give light to those who are in need most. I've personally experienced the terrifying journey of mental health illness, and overcame it to be able to live within the world again. Not everyone wins that fight, and with your help we can use my experiences to help others.
Songwriting and singing became a huge part of my recovery - allowing me the room to process my illness and focus on that I had a future. I've put together a 12 track album (you can listen to demos here) which includes songs born from the darkest of days, as well as songs inspired by the hope of a better future. I plan to release two singles in the summer of 2021, with the album following November 2021. ALL of the profits from the physical and digital single/album sales, along with the streaming revenues, will be donated to CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably) FOREVER. I love CALM's work and approach to helping people, and am so pleased that they have allowed me to work with them and form a commercial partnership together. CALM have a phone line that is open from 5pm every night, giving those who need it someone to talk to and to ask for help. Lines like these that can literally help to save lives, and they've become even more important since the Covid-19 pandemic. We need to do as much as we can to make sure there is help out there for people. I plan to create an inspiring legacy of fundraising and use these songs for the good of others.
I've enlisted the help of some absolutely wonderful musicians and artists to be part of the project, as well as an amazing producer (Myles Myerscough Harris - Son of Bob Harris - Radio 2/Old Grey Whistle Test) so the record will sound fantastic! I'll be releasing details of the musicians involved as project teasers on my website - you can also keep up to date with all the latest news on the project by following my Instagram or Facebook pages.
HOW WILL MY SUPPORT BE USED?
The initial funding target of £1500 will be used to fund the production of the album itself, the result being a professionally produced and mastered set of tracks that will be ready for distribution to physical and digital outlets. Any further funds raised after the initial target will be used towards the promotion and marketing of the record. More funds will lead to more promotion/press which will hopefully transpire to more downloads/sales/streams and therefore more funds for CALM, which basically means more people helped and potentially more lives saved. It's that simple.
PLEDGE REWARD LEVELS
I've set up a range of different funding levels which all include their own pledge reward. It's just a small way of saying thank you and giving you something to commemorate the teamwork! The levels start at £10 and run all the way up to £1000 - giving opportunity for both private and commercial funders to get access to a great range of benefits for being part of this legacy. All of the merchandise as part of the crowdfunder will be exclusively available to funders and not sold via any other promotion, ensuring that its an exclusive keepsake for all of those who helped make something special!
ALL PLEDGES INCLUDE: NAME IN THE ALBUM CD SLEEVE & TICKET TO VIRTUAL PRE-ALBUM LAUNCH LISTENING PARTY!!!
£10 - Name included within the CD sleeve notes
£20 - Thank You Pack (Personal letter, badge, sticker)
£30 - Hand-written lyric sheet (choice of song from the album) + Thank You Pack
£40 - T-Shirt OR Mug + Funder Pack
£50 - Embroidered Beanie + Thank You Pack
£100 - T-Shirt + Embroidered Beanie + Hand-written lyric sheet + Thank You pack
£200 - House/Garden Private Performance (When restrictions allow, distance/travel fees may apply, please contact before in the first instance to discuss)
£700 - Private Party Performance - A full set featuring myself as part of a three-piece band, PA equipment included. Available to be booked now for summer/Christmas commerical 2021 functions.
COMMERCIAL/WORKPLACE PLEDGE OFFERS
Run your own business? Responsible for people within the workplace? Then why not take advantage of these wonderful pledge offers. The workplace is one of the leading contributors to mental health decline, and mental health absences are a large contributory factor to staffing shortages. My courses aim to give a rounded understanding of what Mental Health actually is, what its illness can feel like, and how we can adapt our approaches and lifestyles to live a healthier, kinder and more fulfilling life. We'll also work on how we can adapt our behaviour within the workplace to provide a kinder and more productive environment.
I spent a decade in various management and leadership roles within the travel industry, where I was responsible for the development and implementation of training courses, learning materials, and coaching to deliver the highest level of training and guidance to meet the business requirement. Using my vast experience from health and safety/safety critical/public safety management I am pleased to offer the below courses at these fantastic prices. Please note that these are only available at these prices as part of the crowdfunder, and only available as a single purchase per funder - please contact me to discuss booking more than one course for your workplace.
£300 - 1/2 Day Mental Health Awareness Training Course (When restrictions allow, distance/travel fees may apply, please contact before in the first instance to discuss) Available to be booked now for in-person courses at your workplace throughout 2021
£450 - 1 day Mental Health Awareness Training Course (When restrictions allow, distance/travel fees may apply, please contact before in the first instance to discuss) Available to be booked now for in-person courses at your workplace throughout 2021
£1000 - 3 x 1 day Mental Health Awareness Training Course (When restrictions allow, distance/travel fees may apply, please contact before in the first instance to discuss) Available to be booked now for in-person courses at your workplace throughout 2021
MY MENTAL HEALTH JOURNEY
In 2016, whilst holding a Senior Management role within the travel industry, I collapsed at work and was taken to hospital with a head injury. Scans revealed no further physical concerns aside from severe concussion, and I was discharged with a diagnosis of stress and exhaustion. From that point my life has never been the same again. Hours after being home came a crippling panic attack, with flashbacks to my collapse as if I was hitting my head again. I struggled to even lift my head up, calm myself and contain my fear, all whilst within my own home. I felt that my world was ending, and after another medical visit came a diagnosis of severe anxiety and depression. In a matter of 24hours I had gone from a successful Senior Manager to literally being unable to put a sentence together. I was crippled by mental health illness, and later also received a diagnosis of PTSD. It took me just over two years from my collapse to get myself back into a position to function within everyday life, and I'm happy to say that now I'm in a better place than I've ever been. Not every mental health story ends that happily. I was very lucky that the role I held carried access to private healthcare. It gave me access to therapists very quickly, which alongside the help of my family and friends, saved my life. I know I would not be here now if it wasn't for the support I received, and I have to try to do something to make it possible that more people get that level of support.
Thank you so much for taking the time to read my profile, and for listening to my project aims. Your support would be so welcome, and something I would be so grateful for. Working together, we really CAN make a difference to the future.
If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me!
Thank you and stay safe!