Australian Artists Unite Bringing ‘Hope For Isla & Jude’

AUSTRALIAN ARTISTS UNITE

BRINGING HOPE FOR ISLA AND JUDE
A collaborative recording of the Kate Bush classic, This Woman’s Work 
to be released by Sony Music Friday December 5th.
Vocalists include:
Sébastien Izambard (Il Divo) * Darren Hayes
* Natalie Bassingthwaighte
Flea (Red Hot Chili Peppers) Ella Hooper Diesel David Campbell
Alex Lloyd * Christine Anu Luke Steele (Empire of the Sun)
Katy Steele (Little Birdy) * Casey Donovan Damien Leith * Nathaniel
The Australian Children’s Choir
A star studded line up of music artists have united bringing Hope for Isla and Jude (Donnell), young Australian siblings suffering from the rare and fatal disease Sanfilippo Syndrome. The music collaboration will raise much needed funds for a life-saving clinical trial & treatment for Isla and Jude.
Initiated and produced by Sébastien Izambard (Il Divo) This Woman’s Work will include vocals from Darren Hayes, Natalie Bassingthwaighte, Flea, Ella Hooper, Diesel, David Campbell, Alex Lloyd, Christine Anu, Luke Steele, Katy Steele, Casey Donovan, Damien Leith, Nathaniel and the Australian Children’s Choir  – joining the Donnell family in their fight to save Isla and Jude.
“As a father of three young children myself, l could not sit back and watch these two precious children suffer from such a debilitating and ultimately fatal disease. This could be my children, this could be any of our children. My wish is to see Isla and Jude grow up and be given a chance at life, a chance every child deserves.

I am so humbled and thankful for the support of the Australian music artists lending their vocals. It is such a unique and beautiful quality of the Australian culture, banding together in times of need and one that every Australian should feel proud of” says Sébastien.

All funds raised by the sale of This Woman’s Work will go to the Sanfilippo Children’s Foundation, a not-for-profit charity that dedicates their resources to progressing clinical research into the effective treatment of Mucopolysaccharidosis III, also known as MPSIII or Sanfilippo Syndrome.   The Sanfilippo Children’s Foundation was founded by Megan and Allan Donnell, whose children, Isla (5) and Jude (3) have both been diagnosed with this rare and fatal disease.
Sanfilippo Syndrome is a genetic condition with no hope for a cure – until now. Once, a child born with Sanfilippo faced a certain future – slow and progressive brain damage.  Life expectancy for a child with Sanfilippo was between 12- 20 years and their quality of life was devastating.
Today, for the first time, there is Hope for Isla and Jude and other children, like them, who suffer from Sanfilippo Syndrome.  Around the world, researchers, doctors and foundations like the Sanfilippo Children’s Foundation have been working hard to change the face of Sanfilippo and in the last 2 years there has been significant scientific progress in the pioneering field of gene therapy. Results from this therapy are showing great promise and as it moves in to clinical trials, an effective treatment is now finally within reach.

New Music: Christine Anu ‘Island Christmas’

Multi ARIA award-winning performer and one of Australia’s most successful and recognisable entertainers, Christine Anu, will release a new album on November 7 titled Island Christmas.  In the lead up to the release, the title track, Island Christmas, is available for preview on SoundCloud, along with Carol of the Drum – Peace on Earth, featuring Jay Laga’aia.

The festive-themed album is a first for Christine, delivered in her beautiful signature style. It features duets with artists including The Voice finalist, Steve Clisby, and much loved actor, presenter, children’s entertainer and father, Jay Laga’aia. The song list comprises a selection of Christmas classics, personally selected by Christine for their significance in her own family’s life, including Carol of the DrumRiver and a spectacular rendition of Silent Night.
The new album will also include the title track Island Christmas, featuring Christine’s children Kuiam and Zipporah, whose captivating young voices can be heard in the vocal arrangement.

Like Christine’s smash hit, My Island Home, that was awarded the APRA ‘Song of the Year’ in 1995, the new album and title track is set to resonate with a nation that celebrates a distinct Christmas to the rest of the world – in the sunshine, enjoying the exuberant and festive summer holiday spirit.

Lyrics to the title track Island Christmas include:
Gather ‘round now. 
It’s Christmas in the land of the Dreamtime.
Southern Cross twinkling up in the sky. 
Island Christmas. 
My Island Christmas.

“I wrote the title track when my kids and their friends and cousins were quite young – we love singing – and I’d always get them to sing along with me. So even though they’re now a lot older, the inclusion of their voices on the album is incredibly nostalgic for me – it’s what Christmas is all about, in creating and recalling special memories each year,” said Christine.

“The song is a little tongue-in-cheek, with Aussie slang sound bites from Australian poetry and prose, conjuring up images of a unique  summer Christmas spent at the beach, with family and friends, meeting up again for that one special time of the year.” 

It is Christine Anu’s exceptional ability to communicate to all ages and walks of life via her music, entertaining and philanthropic ventures that will ensure her new album is embraced in the home of all Australians.

Christine Anu has enjoyed an illustrious career spanning over two decades in the entertainment industry, as a singer/songwriter, television personality, children’s entertainer, actor, theatrical performer, and dancer. The multi-platinum selling artist has won five ARIA Music Awards and has been nominated for 16 Awards, and appears in internationally acclaimed films includingMoulin Rouge and The Matrix Reloaded.

As a proud Torres-Strait Islander, Christine lends her support to multiple charitable organisations including as patron for Buk Bilong Pikinini, to improve literacy for Papua New Guinea’s disadvantaged children. She’s also an ambassador for Make A Wish Foundation, and is actively involved with other charities including Oasis FoundationUnity Foundation, Catherine Freeman Foundation, Mater Foundation and Diabetes Australia.

The release of Island Christmas comes off the back of Christine Anu’s recent signing to Australian independent record label, Social Family Records – a growing independent label that passionately and proudly works with Australian artists including Baby Animals, Damien Leith, The Dead Daisies, Steve Balbi and David Campbell via his label, Luckiest Records.