Love Me Better

Song by Sara Colman, Jo Henley and Jacqueline Norton

Welcome

Thank you for visiting this site!

Love Me Better was launched on 8 March, 2016 – International Women’s Day. This website provides all the information about how the song was written and produced, who was involved and why. All the proceeds go to Macmillan Cancer Support so we hope you like and download the song!

It is available via the CD Baby link, which gives us $2.99 or via iTunes (79p), Amazon (99p) and GooglePlay (99p). You can also donate at the JustGiving page via the link below. We chose to support Macmillan because their mission is that no one face cancer alone, which, as you will see from our story, is very close to our hearts.

Jacqueline

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How to follow our journey

Cancer Survivors and British Jazz Greats collaborate to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support

‘Love Me Better’ is a new song that has been written, arranged and produced in a collaboration between professional artists and musicians and survivors of cancer and is being released to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support.

Two of Britain’s best loved jazz artists Liane Carroll and Sara Colman together with awardwinning producer James McMillan of Quietmoney Studios have donated their time and talent to the project.

Liane Carroll and James McMillan’s latest collaboration, ‘Seaside’ won best CD at the 2015 British Jazz Awards. Singer and pianist Carroll won two awards – picking up best vocalist and best jazz artist. Liane plays piano and also sings on the track. James is a four-time Grammy nominated, Brit Award winning and highly regarded producer and musician.

Background

Two of the writers of the song, titled ‘Love Me Better’ have had breast cancer twice and have turned to creating music as part of their journey back to health.

Jacqueline Norton had breast cancer in 2010 and 2015 and Jo Henley had breast cancer in 2005 and 2011.

Both women have corporate careers. Jo and Jacqueline worked with Sara on the song to be ready for a charity concert also in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support which was held at St. James’s Theatre, Victoria in October of 2015. This came about through friends of Jacqueline’s – Richard Tyler, ex-West End star and Kelly Dunworth, who put the ‘Music for your Mind’ event together and raised over £1,500 on the night for Macmillan.

https://www.stjamestheatre.co.uk/studio/music-for-your-mind/

Sara and Richard work together on various corporate and music projects. Sara Colman and Liane Carroll have been friends for years and Liane, who regularly makes time for cancer causes, had agreed to headline the concert.

After the performance Liane offered to help get the song professionally recorded and invited her friend and producer James McMillan to be involved. The song was recorded on 7th January 2016 at Quietmoney Studios.

‘Love Me Better’ is a song about the journey through dealing with and healing from cancer and the lyrics have wider appeal. It’s about loving ourselves better, in both senses of the word, which we typically don’t do in the busy-ness of life. Jacqueline Norton sings lead vocals, wrote the lyrics and put a group of women together to sing backing vocals who have all been affected by cancer in some way. Jo Henley and Sara Colman worked on the music and arrangement of the song. “The hope is that it will raise money for Macmillan nurses as we all have experienced the brilliant work they do” said Jacqueline.

Macmillan Cancer Support

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Macmillan’s ambition

Macmillan’s ambition is to reach and improve the lives of everyone living with cancer and to inspire millions of others to do the same.

No one should face cancer alone. So when you need someone to turn to, we’re here. Right from the moment you’re diagnosed, through your treatment and beyond, we’re a constant source of support, giving you the energy and inspiration to help you take back control of your life, and feel more like yourself again.

http://www.macmillan.org.uk/JustGivingLogo

Meet the Artists

Jacqueline Norton

Jacqueline promised herself after the first occurrence of breast cancer in 2010 that she would learn to sing when she got well enough and started to have singing lessons with AmyBeth Smith, who also sings backing vocals on the track. Jacqueline has done a couple of singing performances for fun but wanted to actually create music too which led to her seeking out a course in songwriting.

Jacqueline has always loved music, but explains, “I just never thought it was an option for me. I wouldn’t allow myself the ‘luxury’ of doing something creative like music, just for me, to feed my soul. I always told myself that work came first – I think a lot of us think like this, which is what I wanted to say in this song. I also wanted it to be uplifting and positive.”

It was on a songwriting course with The Songwriting Academy in July 2015 that Jacqueline & Jo first crossed paths. At the time Jacqueline was just recovering from chemotherapy & Jo introduced herself and shared her cancer history which immediately gave them a common bond. It was this shared experience that led Jacqueline to approach Jo for help with writing a song to perform at the Macmillan fundraising event held in Jacqueline’s honour.

This led to co-writing with Sara Colman & performing onstage with Liane Carroll & brings us to the recording of that song Love Me Better. “Having cancer and the associated surgery & treatments takes its toll both mentally & physically and one thing that we have both learnt from that experience is that you have to make changes to your life and put yourself first, look after yourself, don’t give all your precious time & energy to others – Love Me Better”.

Jo Henley

Writing & recording an 8 track album helped Jo through her initial diagnosis and treatment for Cancer back in 2005/2006. Her second cancer diagnosis came at the end of 2011.

Going through chemotherapy a second time took a much greater toll on her body & saw her have to temporarily step down from her role in her band and have a temporary replacement take over.

She wasn’t well enough to write & record songs so there was a break with that process too.

Treatment finished in the autumn of 2012 and saw a gradual return to her corporate world of work but in a more reflective move given her own experience and through losing many friends that she had gained from both periods of treatment. “I started to realise that I needed to reevaluate my life and focus on what was really important to me. Always encouraged to do plans & self development at work I suddenly had this epiphany that if I invested in my development inside of work then I should do the same outside of work”.

Hitting rock bottom in 2015 as the two battles with cancer finally caught up with her she decided to seek help in her songwriting & production activities. This led to her introduction to The Songwriting Academy and founder Martin Sutton. Both Jo and Jacqueline are Platinum Members on a year-long mentoring scheme.

+ Jacqueline Norton

Jacqueline Norton

Jacqueline promised herself after the first occurrence of breast cancer in 2010 that she would learn to sing when she got well enough and started to have singing lessons with AmyBeth Smith, who also sings backing vocals on the track. Jacqueline has done a couple of singing performances for fun but wanted to actually create music too which led to her seeking out a course in songwriting.

Jacqueline has always loved music, but explains, “I just never thought it was an option for me. I wouldn’t allow myself the ‘luxury’ of doing something creative like music, just for me, to feed my soul. I always told myself that work came first – I think a lot of us think like this, which is what I wanted to say in this song. I also wanted it to be uplifting and positive.”

It was on a songwriting course with The Songwriting Academy in July 2015 that Jacqueline & Jo first crossed paths. At the time Jacqueline was just recovering from chemotherapy & Jo introduced herself and shared her cancer history which immediately gave them a common bond. It was this shared experience that led Jacqueline to approach Jo for help with writing a song to perform at the Macmillan fundraising event held in Jacqueline’s honour.

This led to co-writing with Sara Colman & performing onstage with Liane Carroll & brings us to the recording of that song Love Me Better. “Having cancer and the associated surgery & treatments takes its toll both mentally & physically and one thing that we have both learnt from that experience is that you have to make changes to your life and put yourself first, look after yourself, don’t give all your precious time & energy to others – Love Me Better”.

+ Jo Henley

Jo Henley

Writing & recording an 8 track album helped Jo through her initial diagnosis and treatment for Cancer back in 2005/2006. Her second cancer diagnosis came at the end of 2011.

Going through chemotherapy a second time took a much greater toll on her body & saw her have to temporarily step down from her role in her band and have a temporary replacement take over.

She wasn’t well enough to write & record songs so there was a break with that process too.

Treatment finished in the autumn of 2012 and saw a gradual return to her corporate world of work but in a more reflective move given her own experience and through losing many friends that she had gained from both periods of treatment. “I started to realise that I needed to reevaluate my life and focus on what was really important to me. Always encouraged to do plans & self development at work I suddenly had this epiphany that if I invested in my development inside of work then I should do the same outside of work”.

Hitting rock bottom in 2015 as the two battles with cancer finally caught up with her she decided to seek help in her songwriting & production activities. This led to her introduction to The Songwriting Academy and founder Martin Sutton. Both Jo and Jacqueline are Platinum Members on a year-long mentoring scheme.

The Choir

Lauren Brown

Lauren is Jacqueline’s daughter, who has had both her parents have cancer at the same time. Her father is currently having treatment.

Janna Howard

Janna had skin cancer just two years ago and so was thrilled to be asked to sing on the record. Janna, of Cocktail Creative is a graphic artist and created the artwork for the single.

AmyBeth Smith

Professional opera singer, friend and singing teacher to Jacqueline and Janna.

Kyla Wight

Professional singer and media producer.

Jo Henley and Liane Carroll

Jo and Liane joined the ladies on backing vocals. Liane played piano on the track and was generally wonderful, coaching and supporting us during recording

Liane Carroll

http://www.lianecarroll.co.uk

Liane Carroll was born in London and raised in Hastings UK, where she lives today with her husband, bassist Roger Carey. Since 1993, Liane has headlined at the legendary Ronnie Scotts Jazz Club, London UK and in 2007 won ‘Best Female Jazz Vocalist’ at their first Awards. where she has also recorded two live CD’s for their Jazz House label. She has won 2 BBC Jazz Awards, 4 British Jazz Awards, 2 Parliamentary Jazz Awards, 1 Ronnie Scott Award.

2007 Glastonbury Festival, The Liane Carroll Trio made a head-line performance to over 300,000 listeners on BBC Radio 3.

‘Slow Down,’ released on Splashpoint Records. The Sunday Times selected Slow Down as one of their top five jazz albums of the year. Featured by MOJO Magazine in their Top 10 Playlist for 2007.

2008 British Parliamentary Jazz Award for ‘Musician Of The Year’. 2009 Performed to rapturous audiences at Dizzy’s Jazz Club in New York’s Lincoln Center, and the Rochester Jazz Festival. 2010 Liane signed to Quiet Money Productions – Recorded ‘Up and Down’ featuring Kirk Whalum on sax and on flugelhorn Kenny Wheeler. The James McMillan produced album received glowing reviews from Jazzwise, MOJO to The Sunday Times.

2012, Up and Down voted as Best Jazz Album of the Year in the Parliamentary Jazz Award’s – Liane awarded ‘Best British Vocalist’ in British Jazz Awards 2013, January nominated as best UK Vocalist of 2012 at the first JazzFM’s Awards

Together with trumpeter, UP and Down producer James McMillan, Liane’s new album ‘Ballads’ was released on 15th April 2013.

The album is reflective and has a different take on her previous recordings with the addition of strings. The arrangements have been especially written for Liane by Los Angeles based, Grammy winner orchestrator Chris Walden. The City of Prague Philharmonic, Gwilym Simcock, Kirk Whalum are featured on the track here’s to life.

April 13th St. Mary in the Castle, Hastings was the local Ballads launch with a 40 strong orchestra, with members from the East Sussex Youth Orchestra string section and musicians from the recording. This was followed by five sell-out launch nights at the Pizza Express Jazz Club in London. Each night featured musicians from the Ballads recording, Gwilym Simcock, Mark Edwards, Ben Castle plus a 7 piece string ensemble.

2013 Liane guested on BBC Radio 4’s ‘The Horne Section’ with Alex Horne. Conducts workshops and Masterclass’s in the UK, France, Italy, Hawaii and Portugal. Performs at music venue’s and festivals everywhere, solo, trio, quartet and with full orchestra.

2015. Liane won ‘Best British Jazz Album’ with ‘Seaside’ her third CD with Quietmoney, under the brilliant production of James McMillan. She is also carrying on with a busy gigging, session, and teaching schedule for this year.

Sara Colman

http://www.saracolman.com

Writing music has always been central to Sara Colman. Across all three of her albums, original music has been a consistent theme. During 2010-11 whilst studying for an MA in Songwriting, Sara collaborated with her brothers Mat and Andrew on Sem Amor and Some Other Wonder for the eponymous Colman Brothers album.

She co-wrote the track Stay for Karen Street’s album Another Story.

Sara has completed several commissions for larger vocal groups: Seven Songs for Seven Colours for Black Voices, as well as Celebrate and Amen for choral projects presented at Lichfield Cathedral and Birmingham Town Hall.

‘Marion Montgomery was very supportive and encouraging to me,’ Sara says of the late jazz singer. ‘Because of Marion, Jacqui Dankworth and I met when we both taught at an Montgomery/Holloway Music Trust summer school in 1999.’

Jacqui invited Sara to join her and Liane Carroll for a gig that included several three-part harmony songs, some rehearsed, some spontaneous. The set comprised many original songs by all three vocalists together with arrangements of jazz and contemporary classic songs by artists including Laura Nyro, Fran Landesman, Stevie Wonder and the Isley Brothers. For ten years they performed as The Passion alongside their solo careers featuring on BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour, at the Royal Festival Hall as well as touring with Shine in the Scottish Highlands. In 2011 their reunion gig was included as a live broadcast on BBC Radio 3’s Jazz Line-Up.

Sara was a recipient of an inaugural Birmingham Jazz award, a Jerwood Rising Star at the Cheltenham Jazz Festival and one of 10 finalists from 15,000 entries in the BBC Radio 2 songwriting competition ‘Sold on Song’. She was also Kevin Mahogany’s chosen artist in the Jazz Connect Vocal competition in the US.

Sara is working with Asylum signed artist Mahalia and co-wrote the song Up on Mahalia’s EP Never Change.

Sara is currently writing for her third solo album which will be released on Stoney Lane Records later this year.

James McMillan

http://www.quietmoney.co.uk

Four times Grammy nominated, Brit award winning Producer, Mixer and Trumpeter.

Producer of Number One records in Jazz , Classical and R&B/Soul Genres.

James McMillan , record producer and musician was born into a family of Artists and Musicians.

After attending the Royal College of Music in London and Berklee College of Music in Boston, James started a professional musical career at 18 years old playing trumpet with Sade.

James’s career manages to combine a busy studio schedule producing and recording in both the UK and the US , whilst continuing to play trumpet to the highest level. Growing up with Jazz, Soul music and surrounded by musicians of all genres , James has developed a trademark production sound , a rich and heartfelt mix of all these influences.

James has enjoyed a variety of successes spanning a wide range, from playing trumpet with James Brown to producing a US R+B #1 single with American Idol. James has also released 5 jazz influenced albums under his own name.

+ Liane Carroll

Liane Carroll

http://www.lianecarroll.co.uk

Liane Carroll was born in London and raised in Hastings UK, where she lives today with her husband, bassist Roger Carey. Since 1993, Liane has headlined at the legendary Ronnie Scotts Jazz Club, London UK and in 2007 won ‘Best Female Jazz Vocalist’ at their first Awards. where she has also recorded two live CD’s for their Jazz House label. She has won 2 BBC Jazz Awards, 4 British Jazz Awards, 2 Parliamentary Jazz Awards, 1 Ronnie Scott Award.

2007 Glastonbury Festival, The Liane Carroll Trio made a head-line performance to over 300,000 listeners on BBC Radio 3.

‘Slow Down,’ released on Splashpoint Records. The Sunday Times selected Slow Down as one of their top five jazz albums of the year. Featured by MOJO Magazine in their Top 10 Playlist for 2007.

2008 British Parliamentary Jazz Award for ‘Musician Of The Year’. 2009 Performed to rapturous audiences at Dizzy’s Jazz Club in New York’s Lincoln Center, and the Rochester Jazz Festival. 2010 Liane signed to Quiet Money Productions – Recorded ‘Up and Down’ featuring Kirk Whalum on sax and on flugelhorn Kenny Wheeler. The James McMillan produced album received glowing reviews from Jazzwise, MOJO to The Sunday Times.

2012, Up and Down voted as Best Jazz Album of the Year in the Parliamentary Jazz Award’s – Liane awarded ‘Best British Vocalist’ in British Jazz Awards 2013, January nominated as best UK Vocalist of 2012 at the first JazzFM’s Awards

Together with trumpeter, UP and Down producer James McMillan, Liane’s new album ‘Ballads’ was released on 15th April 2013.

The album is reflective and has a different take on her previous recordings with the addition of strings. The arrangements have been especially written for Liane by Los Angeles based, Grammy winner orchestrator Chris Walden. The City of Prague Philharmonic, Gwilym Simcock, Kirk Whalum are featured on the track here’s to life.

April 13th St. Mary in the Castle, Hastings was the local Ballads launch with a 40 strong orchestra, with members from the East Sussex Youth Orchestra string section and musicians from the recording. This was followed by five sell-out launch nights at the Pizza Express Jazz Club in London. Each night featured musicians from the Ballads recording, Gwilym Simcock, Mark Edwards, Ben Castle plus a 7 piece string ensemble.

2013 Liane guested on BBC Radio 4’s ‘The Horne Section’ with Alex Horne. Conducts workshops and Masterclass’s in the UK, France, Italy, Hawaii and Portugal. Performs at music venue’s and festivals everywhere, solo, trio, quartet and with full orchestra.

2015. Liane won ‘Best British Jazz Album’ with ‘Seaside’ her third CD with Quietmoney, under the brilliant production of James McMillan. She is also carrying on with a busy gigging, session, and teaching schedule for this year.

+ Sara Colman

Sara Colman

http://www.saracolman.com

Writing music has always been central to Sara Colman. Across all three of her albums, original music has been a consistent theme. During 2010-11 whilst studying for an MA in Songwriting, Sara collaborated with her brothers Mat and Andrew on Sem Amor and Some Other Wonder for the eponymous Colman Brothers album.

She co-wrote the track Stay for Karen Street’s album Another Story.

Sara has completed several commissions for larger vocal groups: Seven Songs for Seven Colours for Black Voices, as well as Celebrate and Amen for choral projects presented at Lichfield Cathedral and Birmingham Town Hall.

‘Marion Montgomery was very supportive and encouraging to me,’ Sara says of the late jazz singer. ‘Because of Marion, Jacqui Dankworth and I met when we both taught at an Montgomery/Holloway Music Trust summer school in 1999.’

Jacqui invited Sara to join her and Liane Carroll for a gig that included several three-part harmony songs, some rehearsed, some spontaneous. The set comprised many original songs by all three vocalists together with arrangements of jazz and contemporary classic songs by artists including Laura Nyro, Fran Landesman, Stevie Wonder and the Isley Brothers. For ten years they performed as The Passion alongside their solo careers featuring on BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour, at the Royal Festival Hall as well as touring with Shine in the Scottish Highlands. In 2011 their reunion gig was included as a live broadcast on BBC Radio 3’s Jazz Line-Up.

Sara was a recipient of an inaugural Birmingham Jazz award, a Jerwood Rising Star at the Cheltenham Jazz Festival and one of 10 finalists from 15,000 entries in the BBC Radio 2 songwriting competition ‘Sold on Song’. She was also Kevin Mahogany’s chosen artist in the Jazz Connect Vocal competition in the US.

Sara is working with Asylum signed artist Mahalia and co-wrote the song Up on Mahalia’s EP Never Change.

Sara is currently writing for her third solo album which will be released on Stoney Lane Records later this year.

+ James McMillan

James McMillan

http://www.quietmoney.co.uk

Four times Grammy nominated, Brit award winning Producer, Mixer and Trumpeter.

Producer of Number One records in Jazz , Classical and R&B/Soul Genres.

James McMillan , record producer and musician was born into a family of Artists and Musicians.

After attending the Royal College of Music in London and Berklee College of Music in Boston, James started a professional musical career at 18 years old playing trumpet with Sade.

James’s career manages to combine a busy studio schedule producing and recording in both the UK and the US , whilst continuing to play trumpet to the highest level. Growing up with Jazz, Soul music and surrounded by musicians of all genres , James has developed a trademark production sound , a rich and heartfelt mix of all these influences.

James has enjoyed a variety of successes spanning a wide range, from playing trumpet with James Brown to producing a US R+B #1 single with American Idol. James has also released 5 jazz influenced albums under his own name.

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