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Singer-songwriter Joe Bygraves has produced a song ‘Stand as One’ in support of charities helping the live entertainment and events industry. It has been released for sale from today on Spotify and iTunes.

The 24-year-old pop singer-songwriter from Bedfordshire, has written and performed the song, which aims to reach out to people struggling with mental health issues during the Covid-19 pandemic.  These include the technicians, stagehands, sound engineers, truck drivers and other behind-the-scenes professionals who, in any other year, would be pulling together to create the infrastructure for world-class live performances.

Joe was challenged to write the song by the organisers of #MakeItBlue, a global campaign started by the UK the events and entertainment industry to support colleagues in need, and to promote public mental health awareness through arts, culture and entertainment projects.

#MakeItBlue co-founder Gary White said: “We asked Joe for a track that would resonate with our collective experience and send out a message of hope and support.” All proceeds will be donated to Charity.

Joe’s lyrics perfectly echo the mood of live events professionals as well as countless people in other sectors suffering from the economic effects of Covid-19: “It’s easy to let yourself get down” … “We know this is gonna be tough”. They aim to offer comfort and positivity: “Hold on to your hope, there’s better days ahead” …Together we stand as one”. 

For ‘Stand as One’ Joe is backed by a collective of pedigree musicians.  The song was mastered at Abbey Road Studios London by Simon Gibson.

Joe’s previous releases include songs that have made it onto Spotify’s ‘2020 Pop Hits Playlist’ and their ‘New Indie Radar Selection’. 

He said: “I’m delighted to be involved with the #MakeItBlue campaign. In a time of sadness and uncertainty #MakeItBlue aim to spread positivity and hope, but also generate funds that will benefit people who are in a state of extreme anxiety right now.”

The first live performance of ‘Stand as One’ took place on a boat on the Thames on Tuesday 12 August as the finale to the day-long  #WeMakeEvents call to action. This was organised by the live events industry to ask for government support for the one million people working in the sector who have lost or are at imminent risk of losing their jobs.

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