STV interviewed Kirsty Baird on the 26th April about Hanley and the Baird’s top 10 single Follow the Rainbows that had been inspired by the members of Sing in the City and all the proceeds to the song is going to SAMH.
The single (with no radio airplay) went right in at number 3 of the Scottish charts and No 27 in the UK downloads. With no commercial radio airplay that position couldn’t be sustained but they are proud of their members, fanbase and independent and community radio stations for their support and sheer tenacity in getting the song to that position.
Kirsty Baird the Director of Sing in the City was inspired by her members reaction to COVID19 and with Annette Hanley they wrote, recorded and released the single online in 10 days. The song contains words and phrases that the members said during an online chat in week 2 of the quarantine as they discussed how they were feeling.
The mental health charity SAMH has been selected as the beneficiary as Kirsty Baird and Annette Hanley believe that mental health will be greatly affected in the months to follow as a result of the virus COVID19 with many people suffering from anxiety which have never previously experienced this problem. In less than a week we had raised over £5400 on a fundraising page and that dosn’t include downloads for the song yet.
Kirsty says “It is well documented and has never been truer, that singing is a positive aid for good mental health which has been evident through how the choir members have adjusted and adapted during this difficult time. Even before the UK quarantine was put in place it was clear that the Sing in The City members were more afraid of the isolation than they were of the virus. Choir means more than just singing to our members, it is interaction, friendship and laughter and as quarantine began, normality was soon replaced with anxiety. Like all businesses and individuals, we have all adapted to the new norm. Sing in the City moved all rehearsal space online and created daily sessions to try and keep our members (their friends and families), engaged, together and connected.”
Now available on Spotify, iTunes, Amazon Music, Deezer, Apple Music, Tik Tok and available to download at 7pm on the 24th April 2020, 100% of the donations received from the download of ‘Follow the Rainbows’ and from our fund raising page will be donated directly to SAMH (Scottish Association Mental Health)