Singer/songwriter Trevor Jones wrote and performed ‘We Will Overcome’ with his daughter Lorien Clark (27), her mother Amanda Clark, actress and singer Michelle Jimenez-Alder, and other musician friends in the last lockdown to raise people’s spirits and raise money for Embrace Child Victims Of Crime (Embrace CVOC).
Trevor designed and hosts the website for Embrace CVOC, which has its headquarters based in Copse Court, Thorpe Wood, Peterborough.
The track was recorded through a virtual collaboration of artists across Cambridgeshire and the UK, and costs 99p to download.
All proceeds go to Embrace CVOC.
Father of four and grandfather of one Trevor (49) said: “I wanted to do something positive in response to all the doom and gloom and all the anxiety, uncertainty and fear created by the global pandemic.
“Everyone is suffering because of being separated from their friends, family and loved ones and life is very strange due to social distancing. Covid-19 has had a big impact on everyone. I know it is a very serious issue but I wanted to bring some hope and positivity.
“The message of the song is that this will pass, we will be together again and together we will overcome these challenges and be stronger for it.”
The virtual band also includes West End composer and musical supervisor Gary Hind, who has worked on some of London’s most successful shows including The Lion King, Les Miserables and Sunset Boulevard, Hannah Elizabeth and Griff Jameson from the award-winning folk duo Elizabeth & Jameson, Bass guitarist Duncan Kelman, and lead guitarist Adam Chinery.
Trevor has been playing guitar and writing songs since he was eight, and was a founder member of the six-piece folk-rock group Tear that played at Glastonbury in 1997 and 1998 and the V festival, along with Amanda and Michelle.
He said: “I’ve always loved music and I’m always in my studio recording something. I wrote the music for We Will Overcome first and I sent it over to Michelle who wrote the first verse.
“I wrote the second verse and Amanda, who is based in Wales, wrote the middle 8. Everyone recorded their pieces individually and sent it to me and I put it all together.
“Michelle recorded all her vocals on an iPhone, which just shows what you can achieve.”
Anne Campbell, chief executive of Embrace CVOC, said: “When Trevor said he had written a lockdown song to raise money for Embrace I thought it was a fantastic idea.
“I was blown away when I heard it and saw the video – it really makes you feel more positive during what is a very difficult time for us all. Every download will help us to help those children who
have had an extra-tough time in lockdown – because unfortunately there are children within our communities who are living in tense, scary households and need our support.
“Many of the children referred to Embrace have experienced violence, sexual or emotional abuse or domestic violence and by purchasing this single you will be helping them get the help they deserve.”
Embrace CVOC is the only charity in the UK which works solely with children who have been harmed by serious crime. Since its launch In 1993 it has helped over 6,000 children across the UK who have suffered violent, physical or sexual abuse or neglect or who have last a close family member to homicide. It operates in all part of the UK, the Channel Islands and Isle of Man, and delivers a range of support including access to therapy, practical support and emotional support and uplifting experiences for children and their families.