I'm very excited to announce that my new single Brother is finally out! It's available for stream/download from all digital providers including Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes, YouTube, etc.
100% of proceeds for the first month of sales and streams are going towards a mental health charity called CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably) who support UK men suffering from anxiety and depression. CALM provide frontline services, promote culture change and campaign for a better understanding of suicide and prevention. They are an award-winning charity dedicated to preventing male suicide, the single biggest killer of men under the age of 45 in the UK. In 2015, 75% of all UK suicides were male.
For a bit of background, Brother is a personal and important song for me because it relates to a very close friend of mine who went through a very tough time with his own mental health back in Vancouver, Canada. I experienced how his problems began to isolate him from his family and friends, including me, and it was this that inspired me to write about this difficult time. When I first moved to London from Canada two years ago, I was struck by how many people here also suffer similar problems - particularly young people in their late teens and early twenties. Many of these people are isolated and feeling alone in such a transient and expansive city. As a gay man, I see these kind of problem's are especially prevalent in gay culture too. I want to be a positive influence on other young gay men and inspire positive change. I hope that this song will help young people to realize that they are not alone and can talk about their mental health issues. It feels particularly good to be able to support the amazing people at CALM.
Thank you to the Roundhouse and the Rising Sounds 2017 program for supporting me with the recording of this track and for Hugh Worskett's mad production skills. The music video is below - filmed by Sam Goldward and Sam Baker: