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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.
‘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.
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.
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’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.
Lauren is Jacqueline’s daughter, who has had both her parents have cancer at the same time. Her father is currently having treatment.
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.
Professional opera singer, friend and singing teacher to Jacqueline and Janna.
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