Sheffield musicians respond to refugee crisis with moving new song

Sheffield performers including hitmakers Eliot Kennedy and Steve Edwards have come together to record a song about the global refugee crisis.

Thursday, 17th December 2020, 12:14 pm
Performers recording their parts for Sailing on Tears

A collective of 11 city artists, including producer, songwriter and recording artist Eliot and respected house music producer Steve, recorded the original song, Sailing On Tears, in support of Refugee Action and City of Sanctuary.

The aims of the project are to raise money for Refugee Action in the UK and to raise awareness of the plight of refugees around the world.Songwriter Nadia Durrani-Jones has blended compassionate lyrics with stirring orchestral music.

Other vocalists lending their talent to Sailing On Tears are former UK Eurovision entrant Lindsay Dracass, emerging contemporary R&B singer KB, jazz vocalist Nicola Farnon, Latin-influenced Jack T Harper, classical baritone Maxwell Thorpe and singer-songwriter Julia Waldron.

The track is produced by Aidan Thompson from the band Alvarez Kings at Steelworks Studios in Brown Street, Sheffield.

The song was recorded adhering to strict Covid-19 guidelines, with the artists coming in separately to sing their parts.

Nadia has teamed up with Refugee Action, a nationwide charity which support refugees and asylum seekers and is also working with City of Sanctuary, Sheffield to channel all of the proceeds from Sailing On Tears directly to those most in need.

Accompanying the track is a music video which cuts shots of the vocalists recording in Steelworks Studio with thought-provoking motion images depicting the struggle faced by displaced people.

In addition to her passion for music, Nadia is a secondary school teacher.

She has created a virtual assembly, complete with original soundtrack, to inform students about refugees and asylum seekers and how they can help raise funds to support those in the UK. It is available on the website, Sailing On Tears is now available to download or stream on all music major sites.

A limited-edition CD is also available via the website, featuring a bonus acoustic track called Feel Without Your Skin by the same songwriter.

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