ALCESTER singer-songwriter Emma Skipp has written a song and produced a video to coincide with the first anniversary of lockdown and to raise money for a number of health-related charities.
The Emma Skipp Band is well-known across the area and Emma has also worked with West Midlands bands Ocean Colour Scene and The Enemy.
She continues to perform while working for Redditch-based YMCA Worcestershire.
Her hope for the track – Back To Before – is that not only will it help YMCA Worcestershire, MIND and NHS Charities Together, but reach a wider audience to show support, comfort and understanding – and above all show that we are by no means alone.
She is also working with charity football team Nightingale FC – formed by West Midlands NHS staff and other frontline workers during lockdown – as they look to raise money for NHS Charities Together.
This will be through a series of matches starting with a game against a side from Essex next month at their adopted home at Stratford Town. Emma hopes to perform the song at a number of their games.
With the help and encouragement of YMCA co-worker Mike Knowles and production of the track and video from fellow musicians Peter Butler and producer Leon Payne the song and video were on social media in time to mark the one year anniversary of our first lockdown.
Emma, a former sales executive with our sister paper the Solihull Observer said: “The video includes all of the band members recording their parts remotely and also a sizable collection of images from all involved representing lockdown in various ways.
“From front line friends and family, to working from home, births of babies, the passing of time, working from home and the isolation that can bring the images show a both extraordinary and normal year in all of our lives.”
It is the first original song Emma has written in more than five years.