Gavin Clifton is 35 years old. He lives in South Wales. He was born with a condition called cerebral palsy and has a speech impediment too. Despite this, he does everything in his power to lead a normal life and to overcome the hurdles life may decide to throw at him. He is a songwriter and says he loves to write: it helps him to express his feelings and opinions.
Gavin likes to co-write songs with many different people, and his latest co-write was with the very talented Dan and Laura Curtis who are well known for developing new music for some of the World's most celebrated performers such as Lea Salonga, Sierra Boggess and Ramin Karimloo. This culminated in the production their first album, Love on 42nd Street and the commission of their second album, Overture, which was released in October 2016. Their numerous single releases have all topped the iTunes and Amazon Vocal Charts alongside Love on 42nd Street.
Gavin and his co-writers wanted to compose a song which meant something to them all but at the same time one which could help someone in a positive way so they have written a track titled 'Talk To Me', which is about encouraging people not to judge others, until you really get to know the real person inside. The group wanted to release this track with the hope of helping a charity to raise funds and most importantly, more awareness. The charity they have chosen to support is the Williams Syndrome Foundation and especially a little boy called Harri Evans from Newbridge in South Wales, who has Williams Syndrome himself.
Williams Syndrome is a rare and randomly occurring genetic disorder which affects around 1 in 18,000 people. Williams Syndrome causes physical, cardiac and mental health problems, sensory, behavioural, social and processing issues and learning disabilities.
Once the lyrics and melody were written, Gavin and his friends went into the recording studio in Caerphilly South Wales, with record producer Al Steele of Shabbey Road Studios, to get the track produced. But the creative process didn't stop there because they knew they had to get someone to lay down some vocals on the track. For this they wanted to do something unique and special, so they set upon the task of asking many singers, who are on the top of their game on the Welsh Music Scene to come and feature their vocals on the song. Shortly after contacting a host of singers by email and sometimes Facebook messenger, they were inundated with people coming forward.
Gavin says: "The people who volunteered to feature on the track were as follows Peter Karrie (Phantom of the Opera), Chris Needs MBE (Radio Wales), Jamie Pugh (Britain’s Got Talent), Bruce Anderson (International Award Winning Vocalist), Dean Jones (UK’s No.1 Tom Jones Impersonator), Darren Parry (Award Winning Songwriter), Kirsten Orsborn (The Royal Marines Forces Sweet Heart), Lorna Amy Sullivan (Dreamboats and Petticoats – Kenwright Ltd, West End / UK Tour), Alice Mee Bishop (Brit School), Samantha Link (Welsh Classical Crossover Vocalist), Aubrey Parsons (International Vocalist) and Paul Dark (International Vocalist). Due to all of the singers hard work, we now have a fully produced Charity Single ready to be released."
The charity single is called 'Talk To Me'. The aim is to raise money for The Williams Syndrome Foundation and also to raise more awareness of the inclusion of disabilities in society. The single is being released through Gavin's record label Clifton Music Records on Friday 1st December 2017, where it will be out for download Worldwide digitally on all your major stores such as iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, Spotify etc, but they are also releasing the single as a physical CD through The Williams Syndrome Foundation's Website, and you can pre-order your copy right now directly through the online shop on this website. http://www.williams-syndrome.org.uk/shop
There is a launch party planned for the charity single at the iconic Newbridge Memo in South Wales on Friday 1st December in conjunction with the Light Up Newbridge Christmas Light Switch On, where there is live music from The Kiltics and also the exclusive full release of The Williams Syndrome Charity Single Video. This event is free entry and everyone is welcome to join the fun