"Just hold on to me"
Written by Anderson & Petty and sung by the lovely Gloria Onitiri (who you may have been lucky enough to see in The Bodyguard), 'Dignity' is a charity single which is being released today by Auburn Jam Records in support of The Alzheimer's Society. It's a stirring song, full of soulful simplicity and beautifully performed by Onitiri, exercising a gorgeously understated tone throughout.
You can watch the official video for the track below and buy it from all major online stores including iTunes, Google Play and Amazon.
All profits are going straight to the charity and a JustGiving page has been set up to allow people to donate above and beyond the purchase of the track as everyone involved is hoping that people will be inspired to give more to support the important work of The Alzheimer’s Society.
They are the leading UK care and research charity for people with Alzheimer's disease, which can happen to anyone and for which there is no cure. There are 850,000 people with dementia in the UK and the number is set to rise to 1 million by 2021 but The Alzheimer's Society believe passionately that life doesn't end when dementia begins, offering support to anyone affected by dementia, including , their families and carers.
Barry Anderson and Mark Petty are an exciting transatlantic musical theatre writing duo (a review of their album can be read here) and their involvement in this project comes from a strikingly personal place. Anderson's Grandpa suffered from Alzheimer's and passed away a few years ago, and this song was written as a tribute to him, but also to his Grandma, as it is written from the perspective of the caregiver, an acknowledgement of the patience and love needed to be one that can be relied upon.
Please give the song a listen and then donate what you can, it's for a truly worthwhile cause.
Labels: Barry Anderson, Gloria Onitiri, Mark Petty, Music