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Mighty men unite to tackle gang crime

FIGHTING THE GOOD FIGHT: Members of the Mighty Men Experience recording the single

A RECENTLY released single, aimed at celebrating and encouraging men in the community, is set to raise money for Gangsline, a charity that seeks to reduce youth violence and help direct gang members to a new positive way of life.

The single, Keep Fighting, features the voices of 41 men, brought together by MOBO award-winning gospel singer Lurine Cato under the name The Mighty Men Experience.

Lurine said she was spiritually inspired to form the Mighty Men Experience by the Holy Spirit.

She was concerned that men were getting a lot of negative press, being attacked by disgruntled women, and were lacking encouragement from the wider community. She also recognized that positive male role models were infrequently highlighted. The Mighty Men Experience aims to redress that.

Numerous singers from the world of gospel, R&B, praise and worship and even opera responded to the call to be part of this single which was recorded at the Dugdale Centre in Enfield, north London.

Artists who contributed their talents to the recording and singing in The Mighty Men Choir included MOBO award winning performers Isaiah Raymond and rapper Faithchild; Mark Beswick, Integrity Music recording star; Noel Robinson; Tony Momrelle; David Daniel; Dayo Bello, former opera singer now Baptist minister, Craig Downes and the late Linton Beckles. Andre Harriet of chart-topping boy band Damage passed by on the day to show his support.

The making of the single was a collaborative effort. Lurine co-wrote the song Keep Fighting with Ian Green who co-produced the track alongside Marcus Johnson. Solomon Facey directed the group of male singers and Les Moir of Integrity Music and Geoff Pesche of Room 5 mastered the track at the world famous Abbey Road Studios.

INSPIRED: Lurine Cato

Now that the single is out, Lurine is keen for the public to give their support. “We want everyone to get behind Keep Fighting. It’s so inspiring how these male artists came together to record this track. They responded to the cause and now we really want the rest of the UK to follow and buy the track,” she said.

The aims of The Mighty Men Experience project won’t end with the release of Keep Fighting. A major concert is planned which will feature the choir, as well as showcase men who have achieved and overcome life’s difficulties and struggles.

Sheldon Thomas, founder and CEO of Gangsline, has welcomed the project and the financial support he is set to receive from the single’s sales. He said: “I was truly humbled that the Mighty Men Experience chose to support the work of Gangsline. For me that represents real men supporting a real cause, some of whom came from the same background as the young men they are now supporting, taking their time to give back to those who need to be encouraged, motivated and inspired.”

Keep Fighting is available on itunes and Amazon. Find out more information about the initiative on Facebook at Mighty Men Experience.

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