A YOUNG Sheffield singer's haunting personal memories of the hardship of Haiti have inspired her to release a record to raise money for the island's beleaguered children.
Philippa Hanna, 25, visited the Caribbean island several weeks before the earthquake which killed 200,000 people and left more than a million homeless. Her tour of orphanages and schools left a huge emotional scar and a determination that something had to be done to ease their abject poverty.
Now, in the wake of one of the world's worst natural disasters, she is releasing her song Ave To Love to raise money specifically for the children of Haiti.
She has teamed up with Grammy award-winning record producer Eliot Kennedy who co-wrote and mixed the song which was released this week.
"It broke my heart seeing the state of Haiti and that was before the earthquake. They had next to nothing and next to no-one, even then. I felt I had to do something to help and producing this song will raise much-needed funds. Every penny is vital," says Philippa.
The song, produced by Kennedy at The Steelworks, Sheffield, conveys a message of hope against the backdrop of desperation and has already moved audiences on Philippa's concert tour of 20 UK venues.
The video for the song features newsreel of the disaster and footage of Philippa performing and meeting and working with Haiti children as part of her role as an ambassador for the international children's charity Compassion.
It was directed by filmmaker Alan Hurndall of Gumtree Media Ltd and edited by Rolande Hall. Everyone involved in the production of the record and video either lives or works in Sheffield and gave their services for free. Monies raised will go towards the Children of Haiti Appeal.
Ave To Love, released by Storm Records via I-Tunes, can be obtained via www.philippahanna.co.uk/shop
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