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Lucie Silvas, Graham Gouldman among artists on Samaritans album

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Published on September 21, 2011 with No Comments

Singer-songwriter Lucie Silvas and 10cc’s Graham Gouldman are among those musicians featured on a new compilation album in aid of the Samaritans.

Songs to Save A Life, which will be available for download from October 3, features cover versions from other singers as well as contributions from other British acts including Sophie Ellis-Bextor, James Morrison and retro boy band The Overtones.

And those downloading the album will hear Silvas’ version of the Bill Withers classic Lean On Me, while Gouldman performs Heart Full Of Soul, originally a hit for the Yardbirds in 1965.

Richard Cardwell, the brainchild behind Songs to Save a Life, said: “The album is a fairly eclectic mix of artists and styles. All of the artists brought so much more than just their time to the project and I think their commitment and creativity to finding the right song and new approaches to recording them has meant that the album really is a unique collection of original tracks and inspirational covers.”

He added: “It’s been an amazing experience and after months of hard work we are all very proud of the record. For thousands of people, the Samaritans volunteer at the end of the phone is their lifeline. Some people make connections and express feelings through music, but we want people to know that Samaritans is there for everyone.”

South London native Silvas – born Lucie Silverman – is best known for the albums Breathe in in 2004, and 2006′s The Same Side. She is due to release her new album Letters To Ghosts later this year.

Graham Gouldman – who found fame as a member of 10cc in the 1970s, still works with a revamped version of the band as well as continuing to write songs with bandmate Kevin Godley.

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