Freddie Lampen, lead vocalist from Carousel commented on the partnership “Ourselves and our manager discussed the idea of homelessness and we were all inspired by the consistent work the Big Issue Foundation has achieved over the years in helping homelessness and fighting the cause for homeless people across Great Britain”.
Jamie and Rob Coakley added “It all fell in place at the right time. After we discussed this very important issue . We happened to have a conversation with a homeless girl who had been homeless for over 8 years. The story was so moving for us and we had this burning sensation to do something to inspire, challenge and raise exposure for the plight of homelessness”.
The collaboration is amazing and perfect timing as this month also sees the Big Issue celebrate it’s 21st anniversary. Stephen Robertson, Chief Executive of the Big Issue Foundation commented “It’s really heartening to see the guys step up to the mark for our 21st birthday, raising some funds and generate awareness about the work of Big Issue vendors. Homeless people are frequently the recipients of negative stereotypes. So few people realise that vendors use their own cash to buy their magazines and that there’s a charity behind the business that helps them to deal with their own big issues. Carousel should be applauded for this great partnership and achieve every success that their talent deserves”
The official vídeo for the single will be unvieled at an exclusive music showcase in honour of Big Issue hosted by the International Independent Charts, British Music Week & Invincible Records on the 19th of October 2012 at Cargo.
Jordan Kensington, A&R Manager of Invincible Records, commented “What is great about this partnership is at 17 years of age, all three band members wrote, produced and came out with a selfless piece of music history dedicated to such an important cause. This is both an inspirational and very poignant contribution to the Big Issue Foundation. An institution that has helped and continue to help so many who find themselves in a homeless situation”.
Carousel, have drummed up a plethora of support from celebrities alike who are great fans of the band. From Keith Chegwin, Pat Sharp, Spencer Matthews, pop singer Stacy Solomon, Lembit Opik, The Hoosiers and many more who have been significantly impressed with how forward thinking the young group have been.
The premiere for the official vídeo featuring actress ‘Sapphirre’ will be unvieled on Friday, the 19th of October and will include a Live showcase from Carousel performing exclusive tracks from their forthcoming 2013 album.
‘Big Issue’ by the Carousel is out now on Invincible Records on ITUNES and HMV Digital. 50% of all proceeds from the single will be donated to the Big Issue Foundation.
For The Big Issue Foundation:
Moira Hornik Corporate and Community Events Officer
Contact: Laurence Malpass
For Tickets to the Cargo gig on Friday, 19th of Oct. :
Carousel, are an indie rock band who were lucky to bag a 5 album recording contract at age 17 with Invincible Records. Their debut single ‘Writer’s Block’ made it to Number 10 on the International Independent Charts which lead to a performance and showcase on BBC Introducing. They were then booked up by festival organisers and have clutched about 120 performances in less than 4 months. With a much anticipated hit album due for release in 2013. The future for Carousel is bright.
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About The Big Issue Foundation:
The Big Issue offers some of the most excluded people in the country a unique opening to take some control of their lives and earn a legitimate income. Vendors make a personal choice to buy their magazines with their own money, taking charge of their finances and sales whilst developing the skills required to retail to the public. The Big Issue was launched in 1991 by Gordon Roddick and John Bird in response to the growing number of rough sleepers on the streets of London. The two set out to address the problem of homelessness by offering homeless people the opportunity to earn a legitimate income; to ‘help them to help themselves’. The Big Issue Foundation is a financially independent charity which builds around the unique trust that we establish with homeless people to deliver a brighter future, boosting self esteem and helping vendors to reclaim their citizenship