27th May 2021
The Feeling, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Jamie Cullum & friends release new cover of Christine McVie (Fleetwood Mac)’s ‘Don’t Stop’ in support of national Thank You Day July 4th, 2021
The Feeling have come together with Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Jamie Cullum and friends to re-record the classic Christine McVie (Fleetwood Mac) song ‘Don’t Stop’ in support of National Thank You Day on July 4th. The single and video are released today (June 25th), available on all digital service providers.
Recorded at the iconic Studio One in Abbey Road, the artists were joined by the chorus of the West End hit Everybody’s Talking About Jamie. The track was inspired by an initiative from community choirs to mark National Thank You Day on July 4th, who will be singing the optimistic classics outside of care homes and hospitals. The track will be played and sung at ‘thank you’ events up and down the country on July 4th.
The Feeling’s Daniel Gillespie Sells, says:
“ The last 18 months has been hard for so many of us but as we begin to emerge we all have so many people to thank. We were inspired by all of the community choirs taking part in national thank you day and thought recording the track and helping to provide a soundtrack to the day was the best way we could help and say our own thank yous.”
Sophie Ellis-Bextor also comments;
“One of the few good things about the last 18 months has been our community spirit. But we can’t take that for granted. Moments like thank you day give us all a chance to reach out and keep it going.”
Another big supporter of National Thank You Day, Simon Cowell said of the song:
“‘Don’t Stop’ is a great song choice for the Thank You Day on July 4th and I hope everyone has a fantastic day. This day obviously is about saying thank you, and on a personal note, I would like to say thank you to all of the healthcare workers for an incredible job.”
As well as supporting music groups and individuals up and down the country to get together and sing or play, artists are getting behind Together With Music, a national intergenerational programme that brings care homes, schools and community groups together through music.
Over 500 community choirs and schools are participating in Thank You Day, singing outside care homes and hospitals across the country; united together to say thank you! The idea of Thank You Day came from a grassroots campaign to hold the country’s biggest ever thank you party in our local communities as a way of thanking each other and of building on the community spirit that so many felt during lock down. This opportunity to unite across the country, through music at 3pm is a wonderful call for togetherness after a year of isolation, particularly across the music industry.
Bazil Meade, Founder and Principle of the London Community Gospel Choir, in partnership with Together with Music said:
“Music unites us and is one way of showing that we care about each other. The 4th July is going to be a huge day of national thanksgiving and at 3pm that day we hope that musicians everywhere will join us in a performance of Don’t Stop”
Charlotte Miller, Director and CEO of Intergenerational Music Making said
“Music has the power to connect us, and we need that now more than ever. Thank You Day will kick off a month-long song-writing tour across the UK, using music to celebrate people, inclusion and connection.”
With the support of Hal Leonard and Sheet
Thank You Day is supported by hundreds of organisations including the NHS and the Royal Voluntary Service, the National Citizens Service and the Scouts, UK Music and UK Sport. Thousands of events are being planned across the country, including a ‘Power Hour’ with mass community tidy ups, Big Lunches, ‘Cheers for Volunteers’ moments, and a BB-Thank-Q – the nation’s biggest ever Cook Out led by Levi Roots – and schools across the country contributing to a giant national thank you card.
To find out more please go to www.togetherwithmusic.org.uk