During lockdown, Jersey residents Joshua Shea and his mum, singer/songwriter Liz Shea took daily bike rides together around the beautiful island of Jersey and were inspired by all the rainbow pictures in windows to write Can You See The Rainbow? Their friend, collaborator and playwright Karen Forbes-Ewing, helped them shape the lyrics.
Since then they have recruited many other creatives to record and release Can You See The Rainbow? as a charity single. Joshua, songwriter and rising young actor (young Newt in “Fantastic Beasts the Crimes of Grindelwald”) sings the lead vocal along with rising star, pop vocalist Lydia Singer. Both young people have just graduated from Tring Park school for the performing arts and have been members of the schools chamber choir Tring Park 16, BBC Songs of Praise Young Choir of the Year for 2019. International conductor and choir master David Lawrence has arranged the song for SATB choir for this recording while young producer, Olly Scott, a recent graduate of Chethams School of Music, has produced the song. Dominic Ferris, West End music producer/arranger at Sony/UMG and Ambassador for Steinway and Sons, has been executive producer.
The three writers have each chosen a respective cause which reflects their individual passion. Liz has chosen local Jersey charity Kairos Arts, with whom she volunteers. Kairos Arts creates and delivers therapeutic arts workshops that support people affected by domestic abuse, dementia, and vulnerable mental health. Joshua is giving his support to the NHS Charities Together for our care workers, and Karen’s cause is the Norfolk Community Foundation. This latter charity works to raise awareness of issues relating to mental health and wellbeing, ensuring that vulnerable members of the community can access the quality support they need. All three charities provide invaluable help to those members of society most in need, particularly in these difficult and challenging times.
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This has been made possible by David Lawrence who has arranged the song to be sung by choirs around the UK and beyond. The Music is available for free however we ask that those looking to perform ‘Can You See The Rainbow’ will make a donation to the Three Charities we are supporting.
Please visit: http://www.joshuashea.com/sheetmusic