Set to raise funds for homeless charity Shelter and a youth centre in Gloucestershire, the Ian Dean-produced ‘Meet Me in Winter’ was written by Katie Elliott (pictured) and Anthony Marks.
The starting point for the entire project was Elliott’s own recent experiences with bipolar disorder. Last year she was admitted to hospital after walking out into the snow, without a coat on, unsure of her direction. Determined to speak out about issues surrounding the condition and to highlight the support she received from her local community in Wotton-Under-Edge, she set about creating a track and accompanying video drawing on the talents of more than 1,000 people – including many hundreds of her neighbours.
“This community has helped and supported me through difficult times and I want to give something back,” said Elliott. “The more I’ve talked to people about my experiences, the more I’ve realised that many others feel the same way. We all have stories to tell about what community means to us and we all have something to share.”
Audio post facility Hackenbacker played a vital role in bringing the project to fruition, offering free studio time and the services of its founder, Nigel Heath, to deliver a 5.1 mix for the song’s promo video. Heath also mixed and mastered the single, which will be downloadable from iTunes and available at retail from Monday (21 November).
“I first heard about this project through Ian [Dean], who I first met when I was sound editing Sir Paul McCartney’s Tropic Island Hum film in the late 1990s,” recalled Heath. “I really liked what the project was doing and found Katie’s story both moving and inspiring. The mix for the promo is pretty cool as we were able to really exploit the 5.1 aspect to add a new and exciting sonic element to what was already a beautiful track.
“It was great to mix the track for Ian and Katie and to feel that our London-based company was doing a little to help a community project that may be quite a way from us geographically but is close to us all in terms of its message. Hopefully this promo will be seen by many people and they will all go out and buy the single.”
The video for ‘Meet Me in Winter’ will be shown in cinemas around the UK during the run-up to Christmas. Elliott and the ‘MMiW’ choir will also be performing live wherever they can, teaching the song to others and raising awareness of the project. Anyone can get involved by visiting the ‘Sing With Us’ page on the project website: www.meetmeinwinter.org