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Christmas Is A Time For Everyone

November 16, 2018 (Wells) How do you write a bouncy party type Xmas song when there has been so much recent turmoil in the world? How can you expect people to be happy during the Festive Season when they’ve experienced tragedy and sadness? The answer for Andrew Williams of Velinski in late 2017 was simple- you can’t, BUT rather than compose a sad song, write something positive to help victims feel they are remem​bered when most people are celebrating.

"In that year ordinary and innocent people of all ages, origin and religions were killed for being near a major British tourist attraction, or enjoying a Saturday night out, or attending a pop concert, or congregating outside their place of worship or even just being at home in their block of flats. How will the survivors and others affected by these terrible events feel when there is so much happiness and celebration going on over Xmas and the Festive Season? We must do our best to ensure that they don’t feel forgotten.” - Andrew Williams (Velinski)

The result was a positive song with a positive message. “We don’t want to dampen peoples’ spirits,” says Andrew. “We can all enjoy the holiday period, that’s what Xmas represents whatever your religion or beliefs. Goodwill to all mankind – why not? That must however also include the unfortunate people in our world and in particular, as the song says, those whose lives have changed for evermore.” And now the song has been fully recorded and released as a single in 2018 with a supporting video, the message is the same, this year and probably for future years. There are always going to be victims of some sort and those much more unfortunate than the majority. As Luciano Pavarotti said in Sarajevo “We must remember we are happy and we must share our happiness with people who are sad.”

Andrew and his Velinksi partner Adam McEvoy met at a music studio near Romford a few years ago. “Andrew came in wanting to record a few songs. I liked them and so offered to produce his demos” says Adam. They got on well and decided to collaborate on future projects with guest vocalists as Velinski. “ The name comes from my paternal family who had to flee persecution from Eastern Europe in the early 20th Century” explains Andrew, “just like Fiddler on the Roof.” They enlisted the services of vocalist Clifton Elroy for this and a few of their other songs. “Clifton has a really great voice and has previously featured on the X Factor,” says Adam. “We knew he would ideal for this song- even though he had a cold when he recorded the vocals!” Velinski hopes ‘Xmas Is For Everyone’ will strike a chord with the public and give them something to think about. It might be a bit idealistic but the message is heartfelt and genuine and the marching music is a pure traditional festive treat.

During the festive season, Christmas Is A Time For Everyone will be on playlists of the JJ Kane All New Music Show on thousands of stations globally, on FM DAB COMMUNITY, COLLEGE, and COMMERCIAL STATIONS. The track will be appearing on a compilation CD with TV advertising through the Grammy award-winning label BongoBoy records. The video will start the rotation on Music TV channels in Nov. Christmas stations are already playing it, and the track is being received with open arms, as it really is a great festive song. The track will also be on a compilation CD with TV advertising involved, which is great news for the DUO, and the festive season. I look forward to hearing from you, all feedback is welcome. I thank you in advance for your time, and we all wish you a very merry Christmas.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, CD’s & INTERVIEW OPPORTUNITIES: Velinksi Please contact JJ Kane FRSA Email: Twitter: @caravanmusicco1 WhatsApp 07944 665777 Telephone 020 3286573


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