The suburbs of London seemingly stretch endlessly into the distance. Somewhere, hidden deep within the terraced houses of South London and away from public view lies a unpretentious looking building. One crisp winter morning I made my way to this secluded venue. Record producer Charles Bailey was waiting for me and immediately he took me to a small corner cafe for a bacon sandwich and a coffee. When we were fortified we returned to his secret location. Once inside all signs of Victorian England disappeared. Here was one of the most up to date state of the art recording studios one might find anywhere. ‘We don’t advertise the fact that we are here’ he said as I looked in amazement at the expensive equipment. ‘But, as a precaution the place is more protected than you might think’. I believed him as the recording machines certainly did not come from a bargain basement store.
Soon a jolly group of musicians appeared and before I knew what was happening we were into the recording of Coldest Night. This rap song cleverly composed by Charles Bailey draws attention to the plight of the homeless in the winter. My part was minor. I simply had to say a few words about Emmaus whilst the real work was done by the rapper Question999 who clearly was no stranger to the microphone. All credit is due to the team, including the Emmaus Companions who feature in the record, for composing, performing and recording this song for Emmaus. Its a great catchy song with a real message. Tune into it and get your friends to view it.
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