Singer, actress and West End star Denise Van Outen releases a charity single today in aid of the Make A Difference Trust, raising money for theatre professionals who are currently out of work due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
It is the first official music release from Denise since her 2003 album “Tell Me On A Sunday”. The track is a beautiful cover of “On My Own” from the musical Les Miserables, produced by legendary pop producer Steve Anderson (Kylie Minogue, Britney Spears).
Denise made her music debut back in 1994 with Cathy Warwick as part of the pop duo Those 2 Girls. They had a top 40 hit the following year with “All I Want” although Denise would later return to the chart on her own with fellow Big Breakfast host Johnny Vaughan with their cover of Kylie and Jason’s “Especially For You” and later with legendary crooner Andy Williams on a duet version of “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You“.
Denise says: “This song is what I was going to sing live on Dancing on Ice on musicals week. So when I had to drop out of the show due to injury I decided to release my own version to help raise money for theatre professionals who are out of work. I want to release this single to not only support the arts, but also celebrate them and highlight how difficult it has been for the industry during the pandemic. Lots of my family and friends work backstage at theatres, so I’ve seen first hand how devastating the last year has been, and how little support they’ve received. I recorded my vocals at home in my spare room, and Steve then produced the track. Les Miserables is the first ever West End musical I performed in when I was just 11 years old, so this song has always been very special to me”.
Melanie Tranter, Chair of the Make a Difference Trust said: “Since the Make A Difference Trust was established in 2008 the theatre community have joined together with us to raise funds for those less fortunate than themselves. They have entertained us, made us laugh and cheer, sing and stampour feet in evenings of pure joy. They have given their time, talent and love so generously to raise funds to support those in need. Now, it’s our turn to support them. Every penny received from this initiative will go directly to theatre professionals in the UK who are affected by the theatre closures as a result of this crisis. We will work tirelessly to ensure grants are paid swiftly, and directly to those in need”.
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