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Lulu & The Military Wives Choir: “Cry”

Published: May, 2016

Lulu & The Military Wives Choir: “Cry”

Legendary singer Lulu has teamed-up with The Military Wives Choirs for the release of a new single, ‘Cry’. Released on Friday 26th February, all proceeds will be donated to The Military Wives Choir Foundation charity.

To support the single’s release, Lulu performed ‘Cry’ with a different Military Wives Choir at each of her thirty-five UK tour dates throughout March and April 2016. This was something of a challenge as it had never been done before by a mainstream artist throughout one of their tours.

The Military Wives Choirs Foundation is a charity that brings women in the military community closer together through singing. Being part of a Military Wives Choir makes a positive difference to women’s lives by improving well-being, building friendships and developing skills. The impact of military operations can often last far longer than the conflict itself; but military wives are there to support their husbands for the long term, for the good and bad times.

Looking forward to the tour, Lulu said, “Having a different Military Wives Choir join me onstage every night will be a lot of fun. But on a more serious note, later in my life I was diagnosed as having post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and what that did was help me to relate even more with our men and women in the armed forces. I realised I would like to do something to help, so we recorded ‘Cry’ and my brother and I rewrote the lyrics to apply specifically to the military.”

Lulu added, “PTSD is not just about physical scars; it’s about the emotional scars, and they run very deep. They are enormous and very difficult to deal with. We need everybody’s support.”

Our choir joined forces with the newly re-established Military Wives Choirs Bovington for Lulu's concert at the Lighthouse Theatre in Poole. We arrived for our technical run through and met the international star on stage. After a run through of 'Cry' we went backstage to get ourselves ready for the concert.

Listening to Lulu's first half, it quickly came round to our time to join her on stage & sing. it was an amazing experience with a standing ovation from a fantastically appreciative audience. During the interval Lulu & her band joined us backstage for photograph's & a brief chat before she was back on stage for the second half, which we were able to enjoy from front of house.

Lulu has a wonderful energy & told stories about her songs & parts of her career. Towards the end of her set, we were dancing in aisles & clapping along as she sang.

To purchase your copy of 'Cry' click the link below.

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