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DERBYSHIRE SINGER RELEASES CHARITY SINGLE FEATURING UPLIFTING VIDEO OF UK’S KEYWORKERS

DANCING firefighters, cheerleading nurses and clapping care workers have all answered a call by a Derbyshire singer, who has released a song for two national charities.

Anthony Parsons, from Bolsover, released ‘Rise Above It All’ on May 1 and it is already setting the charts alight. Last week, it was announced as BBC Radio Derby’s ‘Track Of The Week’ and it has had more than 38,000 views online. 

The 31-year-old decided to record the song after being inspired by the fundraising efforts of others, including Colonel Tom Moore.

Parsons, who has toured with popular American metal band Torque, needed a video to accompany his song, which is raising money for the NHS Charities Together COVID-19 Urgent Appeal and Care Workers Charity. 

And, after putting out an appeal online, he was inundated with video footage of keyworkers from across the UK – from posing police officers from Sheffield to members of the HM Coastguard in Watchet.

He said: “Music is something which I know and so it seemed logical to record a charity single. I managed to write and record the song within two days and put out a call online for video footage of our frontline workers who are doing such a great job right now.

“We are all in awe of the fantastic job which the NHS and keyworkers are doing and we have been inundated with videos from nurses, firefighters, police and other key workers across the UK – including many from right here in Derbyshire. 

“The video which accompanies the song is made up of footage which we received. Everyone keeps telling me how much they love the song and that they’ve downloaded it, which is great. 

“It’s been shared nearly 1,000 times on Facebook, which is amazing. Hopefully we can keep this momentum up and raise lots of money for the two charities.”

Firefighter Mark Cowling helped to lead the campaign to get more keyworkers onboard.

The 40-year-old dad-of-two said: “I saw the appeal put out by Anthony and his manager, Paul Yates, and decided to get involved.

“As well as videoing my colleagues, I managed to get clips from friends elsewhere in the fire service, the police, nurses and doctors. It’s been a real team effort.”

Parsons sites pop superstar Olly Murs and legendary crooner Celine Dion as his inspirations and has released six singles so far.  His alternative pop music has been well received by critics and he’s a frequent performer at the Winding Wheel in Chesterfield.