A COVENTRY MOBO Award-nominated musician is releasing a poignant remixed version of her charity record to mark National Grief Awareness Week.
A new orchestral mix of My Darling, will be available to download from today (Friday, December 3) – a song which its writer Sandra Godley hopes will provide some support for those grieving at Christmas.
The original version of My Darling, which was first released in August, has already raised more than £1,000 for three local charities in the wake of the pandemic – Surviving Bereavement, Molly Olly’s Wishes and Coventry and Warwickshire Mind.
It is a particularly heartfelt piece of work for the Bristol-born musician and local radio presenter, Sandra, who is still grieving the loss of her own aunt to the virus in April last year.
“Grief affects us every day of the year, as we approach Christmas, many people like me will be challenged by memories of loved ones,” she said.
“There will certainly be an empty chair around the dining table at my house.
“I’m hoping this song will be a help to everyone experiencing grief during Christmas time, we can walk this journey together.”
My Darling: Orchestra Remix is the result of a collaboration between Sandra, Wings Media Group and producer Matt Cossey and guitarist John Connearn from The Nexus Institute of Creative Arts in Coventry.
Sandra added: “With this version, I wanted to bring something different to the table, combining many of the genres I love into one sonic twist of emotions.
“There’s a little pop, gospel, RnB and orchestral, all in the mix.
“I’m incredibly excited about this release, the first time I heard it, I cried.”
Producer Matt Cossey said: “Coming off the back of a global pandemic, this track has been really meaningful to work on, but also a real privilege.
“Trying to simultaneously capture the sound of grief and hope was a particularly interesting and poignant challenge, but I think we have managed it.”
My Darling is available to download for 79p all digital platforms.
Click here to hear it.