A young singer from Stanmore is raising money and awareness for children and young people’s mental health.
Joe Taylor, 16, is a member of Generation Z, a newly formed group of teenage kids aged 13-19 years old.
On August 21, they released their first collaborative single Strong – written and recorded during the lockdown, to raise money and awareness for YoungMinds – a charity for children and young people’s mental health.
Their own personal stories and feelings surrounding how they had coped during lockdown, are reflected in the music and lyrics.
They were written by Danielle Joseph who grew up in Stanmore and the video was filmed at The Viewpoint.
The children were asked to rehearse and record the new song individually so it could be mixed professionally in a recording studio.
Joe admitted he has found 2020 difficult.
He explained: “I worked really hard for my GCSEs. When they were cancelled, I was shocked. Although half of me felt like a huge pressure had been lifted off my shoulders, the other half of me was also gutted that all that work was for nothing.
“Then our end of year plans were cancelled; What should’ve been the summer of my life was replaced with months of being locked away at home full of fear, anxiety and worry. I’ve tried to keep busy by writing and recording new music and seeing friends outside. I’m really hopeful that I’ll be able to start my new sixth form music college in September.”
Lead songwriter and producer Perrie Young said he thought the song would be a powerful reminder of what has been an extremely challenge period.
He added: “I’m now over the moon that there will be some music out there that this generation and future generations would be able to look back on and remember this challenging time.”
The song is available to download, stream and view now on iTunes, Amazon Music, Spotify, YouTube and all major platforms.
If you would like to donate to the charity, please visit youngminds.org.uk/donate/