After two days in the studio with professional songwriter, Mark Vallance from award-winning music publisher Phrased Differently, Coventry students have released their original single, ‘You’re not alone’, to raise funds for mental health charity ‘Mind’.

Mark, who has worked with artists including Laura Mvula, Tom Walker, and Armin Van Buuren, worked collaboratively with the students, helping them to decipher which songs and lyrics would work best, and said:

“The young people at Grace Academy are incredibly talented and professional, they’ve worked so hard and we’ve ended up with a very special song.

“I was amazed by the standard of vocalists – all of them sing exceptionally well. I was so impressed by their ability to write melody, lyrics, and to collaborate with each other. Sharing ideas can sometimes be difficult but they had no problem with it, and that’s another reason why I feel the song has turned out so well.

“The young people have written an amazing song that I hope raises awareness and lots of money for the charity ‘Mind’.”

Thirty students from Grace Academies in Solihull, Darlaston and Coventry worked together on the song from Years 7, 8 and 9, and Coventry student Lucy Anstee, Year 10, said:

“I thought it was an amazing opportunity for all the children involved. We all enjoyed the experience as it was something new and exciting. We all worked in a team to produce the song, the younger children were creative and put the song together. My favourite bit was recording the vocals as this is something I am interested in and I love singing. The song ‘You’re not alone’ stands for positive mental health and makes people aware that it affects a lot of people and that they are not alone.”

The track will be available to buy on 25 May via iTunes, Spotify and Amazon, and is available to pre-order now on iTunes and can be viewed on YouTube.

Laura Wadley, Youth and Community Coordinator at Grace Academy, commented:

“The professionalism and talent the students have shown is mind-blowing. The single they have made is incredible and I can’t wait for everyone to hear it.  We know that mental health touches everyone in some way, so we hope this single will be a real encouragement and show we are standing alongside these people during difficult times.  During the project, the young people had the opportunity to learn more about the experiences of those suffering from mental health issues and the students have a real passion to make a difference.”