Residents at YMCA Surbiton and staff member Karina Thomas (who is also a professional song writer) have released a Christmas song, called Soon Be Christmas (by Kareene and the Soon Be Christmas Band).
The project started as a melody created at a workshop with the residents back in October. The words were written around the theme of Christmas and homelessness, and a rough demo was recorded at YMCA Surbiton Music studio. The song was then re-written, refined, developed, vocals recorded, produced, mixed and mastered at private studios in Chessington.
The majority of the performers, writers and band members involved in this project are currently homeless and are living in the temporary hostel accommodation at YMCA Surbiton. The song is on iTunes, available to download, so please support the YMCA and the residents who contributed to this work as funds raised will go directly to helping to improve their lives.
“We gave residents of YMCA Surbiton the opportunity to be creative and now we have a potential hit Christmas song! This could change lives of the residents enabling them to secure a brighter future, or launch their music career – they are talented and just need a chance. It looks like we could have our very own Band Aid YMCA Christmas song!” says Karina Angela Thomas, the songwriter who also works for YMCA Surbiton’s Community Activities Team.
The song has been released in to the UK and Ireland charts, so hopefully it will do well.
Profits from the download sales will be donated to the YMCA (specifically YMCA London South West) and to YMCA residents who contributed to this work and to the (non-resident) performers/writers/producers of this work.
Track title: Soon Be Christmas
Composition, Melody and Lyrics Written, Structured and Arranged and Performed by Karina Angela Thomas ( Kareene: Kareenesongs.com), © Karina Angela Thomas
Raps written by Joy Hummingbird Nolan, Anthony Yates
Lyrics by Karina Angela Thomas, Peter Tanner, Anthony Yates, Ronnie Beharry, Joy Hummingbird, Mike Cliffe
Produced by Mike Cliffe & Kareene (Karina Angela Thomas)
Mixed and Mastered by Mike Cliffe
Backing Vocals – Peter Tanner, Anthony Yates, Ronnie Beharry, Joy Hummingbird Nolan, John Hart, Natasha Price, Karina Angela Thomas (Kareene)
© Karina Angela Thomas Kareenesongs Dec 2016
℗ Kareenesongs (Karina Angela Thomas) Dec 2016