Billy Ocean – Lovely Day – All UK profits to children’s mental health charity Place2Be

“Lovely Day” by Billy Ocean & Young Voices Choir featuring Yolanda Brown & Ruti. All UK profits will be donated to children’s mental health charity Place2Be. #Lovelyday #childrensmentalhealthweek #place2be

To coincide with Children’s Mental Health Week (February 1st – 7th 2021) the legend that is Billy Ocean and singers from the Young Voices Choir have released a new and uplifting recording of the Bill Withers’ classic ‘Lovely Day’. Also featured on the track are award-winning broadcaster and musician YolanDa Brown and The Voice UK 2018 winner Ruti. Released on January 26th by Magic Star (Sony Music), all UK profits will go to children’s mental health charity Place2Be.

Billy Ocean - Lovely Day - All UK profits will be donated to children’s mental health charity Place2Be

“We have all been affected in different ways over this difficult last year, and many children have really struggled. I’m so happy to be able to join with Young Voices to help make a difference and to raise funds for children’s mental health with this wonderful and hopeful song,” – Billy Ocean

“I am delighted that the single ‘Lovely Day’ will be released on Friday 29 January with profits going to Place2Be (our charity partner) whom, like Young Voices, have 25 years worth of experience, working with young people. With schools currently being closed, this highlights the need, more than ever, to support children’s mental health.”Ben Lewis, CEO Young Voices

Place2Be launched the first ever Children’s Mental Health Week in 2015 to shine a spotlight on the importance of children and young people’s mental health. Place2Be’s frontline teams estimate that 85% of the young people they support have been negatively affected by the pandemic, and have seen an increase in referrals around self-harm and suicidal thoughts in secondary schools. 1 in 6 children and young people have a probable mental health condition(Source: NHS Digital)

“The past year has been incredibly challenging and with so many adjusting to home schooling again, many children and families will be feeling the extra pressure. At this time, support for children’s mental health is more important than ever. We’re so grateful that Sony and Young Voices are supporting Place2Be this Children’s Mental Health Week.” Catherine Roche, Chief Executive of Place2Be

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For Video of Lovely Day click here

For Lovely Day single cover artwork download and sharing on social media click here

Download “Lovely Day” here

Follow on Twitter:
Billy Ocean: @mrwongo
Young Voices: @yvconcerts
Yolanda Brown: @yolandabrown
Ruti: @rutimusic
Place2be: @place2be
Magic Star: @magicstar_music

Billy Ocean: @billyoceanofficial
Young Voices: @yvconcerts
YolandaBrown: @yolandabrown
Ruti: @rutimusic
Placetobe: @_place2be
Magic Star: @magicstar

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You might be wondering why I have posted this here. I worked for Billy Ocean a few years back on a number of UK shows. His voice, band, crew and management team were first class. I have worked with Young Voices on and off for a number of years. This time last year, I was asked to help out in the Young Voices Production office. Young Voices has dedicated the last 25 years to inspiring children between 7 and 11yrs to take an active role in music and live performance. It’s a truly fantastic experience for the children who may never have sung in a group bigger than their own school assembly. The team at Young Voices who give children the opportunity to sing are all first class too. Here’s to hoping this release can raise the essential funds needed to support the work of children’s mental health charity Place2Be.

For those who might be interested to know more about Young Voices and the work they do:

Every year YV charges a registration fee for schools who wish to take part in a YV concert.

With payment of the registration fee you will receive:

  • Teachers Guide – information, order forms and useful tips
  • Music Pack – full vocals CD, backing tracks CD and a DVD of dance moves
  • Online Teacher Resources – full access
  • Online YV Teacher Community – full access
  • Inclusion in a YV concert – regardless of the size of your choir.

Over 150,000 children participate in YV concerts each year.

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