Allstars’ new single ‘milestone’ moment

Shoreham Allstars played twice at Shoreham Academy PICTURE: ELLIE SAUNDERS
Shoreham Allstars played twice at Shoreham Academy PICTURE: ELLIE SAUNDERS
  • Anti-bullying anthem raising money for charity
  • Originally written by 11-year-old student
  • Mini-tour of three schools to mark release
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SHOREHAM Allstars took a mini-tour of schools in Shoreham and Southwick following the release of an anti-bullying anthem.

Let them Smile 2014, which was recorded live and with no overdubs, is raising money for the charity Your Space Your Time.

The song features the Allstars House Band and the Adur All Schools Choir.

The release builds on the success of the original anti-bullying song, which was written in November 2011 by Daniel Steven Walford, aged 11 at the time, and Allstars founder David O’Connell as a song for Shoreham Academy’s anti-bullying SMILE Week.

Mr O’Connell said this time, it had been recorded live and in one take, featuring 80 singers.

“We did a mini-tour last Friday and it went really well,” he said.

Stopping off at Swiss Gardens Primary School, Shoreham PICTURE: ELLIE SAUNDERS

Stopping off at Swiss Gardens Primary School, Shoreham PICTURE: ELLIE SAUNDERS

“We played twice at Shoreham Academy, to different years, and at Swiss Gardens and Glebe primary schools to celebrate the release of Let Them Smile.

“It is a bit of a milestone for us to see Daniel’s song being re-released. It’s a big part of what we do and the story and message behind the song does appear to really resonate with young people.”

The recording was made in the Shoreham Academy atrium, on a stage made out of dinner tables and chairs, with a choir of academy students and pupils from Swiss Gardens, Herons Dale,, Glebe and Eastbrook Primary Academy.

Mr O’Connell said: “The mini tour was quite a mission but we’ve got a great band and live crew, so it went pretty smoothly.

It is a bit of a milestone for us to see Daniel’s song being re-released

David O’Connell, Allstars founder

“The performances by the children were very inspiring and did make me realise that this song is very much becoming their song. It’s an amazing thing to see this happening.”

To buy the song on iTunes click here

Celebrating the release of Let Them Smile at Glebe Primary School, Southwick PICTURE: ELLIE SAUNDERS

Celebrating the release of Let Them Smile at Glebe Primary School, Southwick PICTURE: ELLIE SAUNDERS