The Missing People Choir have joined with 11 other choirs, as well as Pop Idol winner and presenter Michelle McManus, on a modern-day reworking of Sir Paul McCartney’s classic ‘We All Stand Together”, which is released tomorrow.
The single is the first song from an album of cover songs (release date: 15 December) with an inspiring message of hope, including the Missing People Choir, the Parrs Wood High School Harmony Group (One Love Manchester) and the Greenwich and Lewisham NHS Choir (Christmas Number 1, 2015) amongst others. The choirs have one thing in common – they have all come together following a shared life experience.
McCartney has given the album his backing and has waived all royalties on his song, and all profits from the single and album will be divided equally between the choirs’ associated charities.
Michelle said, “This is an incredible project and one with which I am very proud to be involved. We are living in a turbulent time, where building communities, hope and solidarity is so important, and what better way to do that than through song? The lyrics of ‘We All Stand Together’ will resonate with so many in 2017.
“I’m passionate about choirs having always sung in them, and hearing the stories from the singers in the Choirs with Purpose is truly humbling. Each one has a message and a commitment to share this Christmas.”
Each of the twelve choirs featured on the album have recorded a cover song which encapsulates their message on album and collectively the 1600 singers who have been recorded at various locations for ‘We All Stand Together.’
The project has been put together by James Hawkins Music, the team behind the Missing People Choir, who are responsible for setting up many of the individual choirs on the album.
Producer James Hawkins said, “Michelle is a powerhouse and leads our epic choir with both strength and sensitivity. We are very proud of everyone who has taken part of the track and hope that everyone who hears it will download the album and help get our important message up the charts this Christmas.”