The Invictus Games Choir will be celebrating today, after the Carly Paoli single they feature on is officially released today.
They have teamed up with classical star Carly Paoli on her latest track ‘Liberty’.
Members of the Invictus Games Choir on the single represent all branches of the Armed Forces, and both serving personnel and Veterans.
You can buy a copy of the track here and help those Help for Heroes supports.
12 members of the Invictus Games Choir are featured on the single including Sue - a retired Senior Royal Navy Nurse.
Sue sustained multiple fractures in an accident during her service in 2009, since injury she has built her strength again through sport and rehabilitation and gone from being in a wheelchair to now walking on crutches.
Sue said: “It was a real privilege and honour to be part of the team and to have the wonderful opportunity to go to a recording studio and sing. The experience has touched my heart greatly and it has been an incredible journey.”
James who was also part of the recording session said: “After being discharged from the Household Cavalry with a diagnosis of cancer at the age of 25, I found a new passion for singing thanks to the Invictus Games Choir.”
“It was absolutely amazing to be able to perform with such a phenomenal singer. Collaborating with them was a dream for all of us, catering for all abilities, physical, mental and vocal."
“‘Liberty’ almost feels like it has its own heartbeat; it is poignant, emotional charged and really hits home for a lot of the choir.”
The team worked with Carly Paoli and The London Symphony Orchestra and had the amazing opportunity to record the song at the iconic Abbey Road and Strongroom Studios.
Carly first met members of the Invictus Games Choir at the 2018 ‘Soldiering On Awards’ and felt the lyrics reflected the endeavours of the group.
The choir were so inspiring, Carly Paoli asked if they would like to record backing vocals to enhance the track.
Carly said “It’s been really special to have the choir singing with me, they have all experienced so much more than I could ever imagine. The words in ‘Liberty’ say “from ashes…we’ll rise above it all” and the members of the choir are the epitome of individuals who have done just that in different circumstances and situations.”
“Being together as a choir exemplifies that unity and the healing power of music. Every so often a song comes along that has a powerful message. This is such a song and I don’t think there could be a more powerful group of people to share such a strong message with.”
As well as being released as a standalone single, ‘Liberty’ will also feature as the bonus track on Carly’s forthcoming album ‘Live At Cadogan Hall’.Proceeds from the single will be donated to Help for Heroes to help military personnel, Veterans and their families affected by their service on their recovery journey, with activities like the Invictus Games Choir.
Regular donations provide a sustained focus on rebuilding the lives of our wounded Servicemen and women.