I have a brand new song out! But this is something a little bit different to my previous work! I wrote this song specifically for a company called Futureworks Yorkshire aimed to inspire an motivate young people to a positive future, especially within their chosen career.
Please click the video above the listen and watch ‘Building Your Future’ and then keep on reading so I can tell you all about this exciting new project!!
It all started when I met Mark Scott, Director at Futureworks (Yorkshire) at the Prince’s Trust Awards in 2014. Futureworks Yorkshire are a company based in Yorkshire and the Humber, who help young people get into apprenticeships within construction. Mark told me the delivery of apprenticeships has not been without challenges. The biggest one faced, though, is the image of the industry and its inability to attract talented young people who are put off by the old images of poor conditions, stereo types etc. Mark elaborated:
“The image of construction to young people is that of a bricklayer or carpenter and is very male orientated. This is only a minor part of the story. Construction and the built environment can provide a very real, varied career option to suit young people of all abilities and aspirations.”
So Mark and I got talking about work and aspirations, which led to discussions about using music to promote careers in construction to young people…. The idea was then born!
Being asked to write a song about construction was a first for me and also a first for the industry so it seemed, but I strongly associated with the feelings of how worrying it can be deciding what to do with your life and career upon leaving School. I think without the right support it is easy to become lost very quickly.
So I set about putting lyrics and ideas together and I wrote the song ‘Building Your Future’, which was released on 1st December 2015! It is available to download in many online music stores including iTunes, Google Play, and Amazon Music for just 79p!
We’ve also shot a music video to the inspirational song, working with Bradford based company Visions and drama students from Wakefield College and Bardsley Construction, who kindly opened up their site in Wakefield.
I’m really excited to get it heard across Yorkshire, I feel like it will speak to a lot of young people who are feeling confused or lost about their future, and hopefully it will spread a new feeling of hope and excitement at these new prospects!
Mark Scott added:
“There have been many attempts to change mind-sets about the industry but none like this unique song and video.
“With the song and video we hope to present to young people the types of images that they can relate to and be inspired by. We hope that they see past the stereo types to what can be truly a route to building a very positive future.”
There has been some great feedback already with our initial previews, with one fan commenting:
“I had tears in my eyes listening to that song! It really fits the way I feel right at this moment and it’s made me feel really inspired!”
For me, there is nothing more powerful than music and this project gave me a chance to write a song that I hope will inspire and motivate our younger generation to a more positive and brighter future. When faced with the decision of what to do as a career, aside from higher education, it can be a daunting place but we hope this song will inspire many because the future is out there and it’s waiting for you!!!
I hope you find this song an inspiration and if you do please share it with others you think it might inspire too!
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