Hitting All the Right Notes for Charity - Welsh tenor releases album for cancer charities
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The popular Welsh tenor Stephen Lloyd-Morgan’s album “In My Father’s Footsteps” was recently released to aid The Tenovus Cancer Charity and The Cudeca Cancer Care Hospice with 100% of sales income being donated.

Online PR News – 19-July-2012 –Hitting All the Right Notes for Charity - Welsh tenor releases album for cancer charities.

The popular Welsh tenor Stephen Lloyd-Morgan’s album “In My Father’s Footsteps” was recently released to aid The Tenovus Cancer Charity and The Cudeca Cancer Care Hospice with 100% of sales income being donated.

The album is dedicated in memory of Steve’s Dad Bryant, who passed away 18 months ago having been diagnosed with cancer only 5 week’s previously, and its primary purpose is to aid The Cudeca Hospice in Spain www.cudeca.org and Welsh cancer charity Tenovus www.tenovus.org.uk – with 100%* of sales income being donated.

The choice of recording studios brings a personal story full circle for Steve! He recorded at the famous Pop Factory Studios in The Rhondda, South Wales. Located in Porth where he was born, it was originally the ‘Corona Pop’ factory and depot where his Dad once worked as a delivery driver.

“The treatment and care of those suffering from cancer is something that is very important to me. It is a cruel disease that rips the heart out of families, mine included. There is no discrimination; it can hit anyone and at any age. Anything that can be done by any of us to raise money to improve the odds, whether in terms of treatment or palliative care is similarly vitally important. Cudeca and Tenovus both provide a vital service to cancer sufferers on the Costa del Sol and in Wales. Tenovus gave my family an amazing amount of support while my Dad was in hospital; and this is my way of giving something back - trying to give back what I can!" – Steve

The album itself is divided into two distinct halves! One, the popular classical, musical theatre and crossover-opera that Steve is best known for, the other a mix of tracks from the 60s through to the 80s that were his Dad’s favourites and with which Steve grew up. These include covers of tracks by the likes of The Everly Brothers, Bread, Simon & Garfunkel, Don McLean and Tom Jones among others! A total of 14 tracks, in English, Spanish, Italian and Welsh!

Album Tracks
Let It Be Me, Make It With You, Chasing Cars, Daniel, Bridge Over Troubled Water, Vincent, A Boy From Nowhere, Granada, Torna A Surriento, Volare, Sometimes I Dream, Canto Della Terra, No Day But Today, Myfanwy.

Stephen Lloyd-Morgan, ‘A Boy from Nowhere’ by Dario Poli

‘A Boy from Nowhere’, is a particularly apt title for the Welsh tenor Stephen Lloyd-Morgan that reflects the growth of his own life’s experience from the relatively humble and tough beginnings of his home in the Welsh mining valleys to the glamorous world of Marbella.

He has come a long way; handling his success in an unassuming and charming manner that delights everyone who meets him or hears him sing.

His voice has the timbre and quality of a rich full-bodied red wine, as his vocal range moves smoothly over the notes with power as well as with elegant sensitivity, and on occasion, a gentle vibrato can be detected adding extra charm to his sound as he transports the listener into his world.

His latest CD album, ‘In My Father’s Footsteps’, recently recorded for charities, has an unusual range of songs, as mixing arias and popular ballads is not easy and a risky enterprise that few have succeeded in handling, with the exception of a few such as Andrea Bocelli and Nikolay Baskov, but Steve achieves this effortlessly.

From the classics, that every tenor is expected to conquer ‘Granada’ and ‘Torna a Surriento’, difficult enough at best to sing, to ‘A Boy From Nowhere’, ‘Let it be me’, ‘Chasing Cars’, and the evergreens ‘Volare’ and ‘Bridge over Troubled Water’.

Musically he performs this delightful and eclectic mix of songs with the same integrity and musical professionalism that he brings to every audience, singing as to each and every one.

This ‘Boy from Nowhere’ is certainly going a long way!

By Dario Poli – Composer, Artist, Author and Illustrator

Dario also interviewed Steve for the July issue of Essential Marbella Magazine

Previously published feature articles and interviews can be viewed at http://www.slmlive.com/press/InMyFathersFootsteps.htm

Featured Radio Interviews at http://www.slmlive.com/audiovideo.htm

Please see attached articles available for additional publication: “Hitting All The Right Notes for Charity” & “Stephen Lloyd-Morgan – Voice of the Valleys”

The album was released as a download from:
iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/in-my-fathers-footsteps/id539522892
Amazon: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B008G30DK0
Spotify: http://open.spotify.com/album/7JPeVz9wcrLigYpDNgqdac
and all leading download stores.

CDs: delivered in the UK from Tenovus Cancer Charity website http://www.tenovus.org.uk/go-shopping/online-shop/it's-got-our-name-on-it!/in-my-fathers-footsteps-.aspx

For further details see www.slmlive.com/album

Hitting All the Right Notes for Charity

Popular International tenor Stephen Lloyd-Morgan releases albums to aid Spanish and Welsh cancer charities

Interview by Dario Poli; Composer, Artist, Author and Illustrator.

Since I have been coming to Spain, it never fails to surprise me how many really talented people I come across on the Costa Del Sol and one of these fascinating people, is Stephen Lloyd-Morgan, a charming though at times rather shy and unassuming Welsh tenor from the Rhondda Valley, South Wales. who I first saw and heard perform at the glamorous Butterfly Ball, supporting The Rhys Daniels Trust Charity, held at the exclusive Hotel Puente Romano Marbella. His voice and its quality, simply took my breath away.

I was raised by my father, an Italian operatic tenor, and was indoctrinated almost daily by listening to the recordings of the finest voices of the time, so along with the musical input from his friend the great cellist Maestro Gasparini, I naturally developed a critical view of voices.

Stephen Lloyd- Morgan’s voice hit me like a bolt from the sky, as having a superb richness, timber and tonal quality of the voice that instantly attracted me to his singing.

So it is with considerable pleasure that I was invited to interview this superb vocal talent, just prior to the recording of his recently released new album, In My Father’s Footsteps.

You come from a traditional Welsh background famous for its choirs and singers; how much has this influenced you?

-Being from the Rhondda Valley music was a very important and pivotal part of my growing up. I learned to read music (being part of the school brass band) and started singing with the school choir. Choral music is a passion for so many in the Rhondda and throughout Wales and of course Treorchy Male Voice Choir is world-famous! A Welsh choir seems to pull the heartstrings of so many. Just look at the success of Only Men Aloud and very recently Only Boys Aloud on ITV’s Britain’s Got Talent. I have also been lucky enough to be invited to be guest soloist with Welsh choirs touring Spain; so has it influenced me… incredibly and undoubtedly!

At what age did you first realise that you wanted to sing and express yourself through music?

-I grew up in a working men’s club run by my parents. From a very early age, when it was closed, I would sing to an empty room imagining a concert hall, microphone in hand; the world seemed to be my stage so to speak, with no inhibitions whatsoever! A great deal has changed since then, but I do at least get to entertain larger audiences some 35 years later!

You have performed for free for many numerous charities including UNESCO-recognised charity The Children for Peace Onlus Rome and The Rhys Daniels Trust, as well as the victims of the Haiti Earthquake tragedy. What is it that drives you to perform at these charitable events? Is this also a legacy of your Welsh upbringing?

-I was raised in a very giving environment. When someone needed help, people rallied around. This still stands true for me today! As a performer it really is nothing for me to get up and sing at an event or do anything else I can possibly do to aid a worthwhile cause.

You have recently re-released your previous album To Where You Are to raise funds for The Cudeca Cancer Hospice in Spain…

-The treatment and care of those suffering from cancer is something that is very important to me. It is a cruel disease that rips the heart out of families, mine included. There is no discrimination; it can hit anyone and at any age. Anything that can be done by any of us to raise money to improve the odds, whether in terms of treatment or palliative care is similarly vitally important. Cudeca is an amazing charity with which I have had a long association in terms of fund raising. Also I have had friends who have greatly benefited from their care.

Tell me something about your new album In My Father’s Footsteps? I know that you are strongly attached to your father who recently passed away.

-There are many similarities; in particular, both of us very shy, but then when I sing it’s like being a totally different person! He was also a singer and bass guitarist in his teens and was part of a 1960s band called The Zendars, who supported The Who, among others. The album is a celebration of the influence that my Dad had on me and on my sister, but in particular, some of the songs he loved and with which I grew up.

I understand you will have an eclectic mixture of songs on this new album; many are different from your usual genre of Musical Theatre and Classical; why is this?

-I wanted to present a collection of cover songs by different artists, some that were playing on the record player or the eight-track in the car while I was growing up, combined with those I now have a passion for and people associate me with.

Can you name some of the songs and why have you chosen them?

-My Dad had a very eclectic taste in music and I grew up listening to songs by the likes of The Everly Brothers (Let It Be Me), Elton John (Daniel), Bread (Everything I Own) and Don McLean (Vincent); some of which will feature on the album. There will be a fantastic acoustic version of the song No Day But Today from the musical Rent, a song which sums up my outlook on life. There will also be other songs I have not yet had the chance to record, including Sometimes I Dream (E Lucevan de Stelle), A Boy From Nowhere, Volare, Torna A Surriento, Canto Della Terra and of course Granada. I’d also like to include a Welsh language song again as I did on my last album, which was Dyrchefir Fi - You Raise Me Up. I am also contemplating Snow Patrol’s Chasing Cars. Actually I have more tracks than space on the album! The final cut is yet to be decided. I would like to see it as a really eclectic mix that my Dad would appreciate, that suits my voice, and that those buying and donating to the charities will really enjoy!

Why are you recording the album in the UK? Do you have a release date in mind?

-I am recording the album back in South Wales. I was born in Porth, in the Rhondda, where The Pop Factory studios are located. The studios themselves, now mainly used for TV productions, were once the Davies’ soft drinks factory and depot, hence the name! My Dad worked there as a delivery driver, and many a happy hour as a kid I spent out with him delivering Corona pop! So I think it is a very fitting tribute to do it there; it brings it all full-circle in a way. The album will be recorded mid-May with the release due late June. It will be available as a download only, and absolutely 100 per cent of sales income will be split between the charities.

Why again is this solely to raise funds for The Cudeca Hospice and the Welsh cancer charity Tenovus?

-I luckily have my health. Cudeca and Tenovus both provide a vital service to cancer sufferers on the Costa del Sol and in Wales. Tenovus gave my family an amazing amount of support while my Dad was in hospital; and this is my way of trying to give back what I can. Although funnily enough in a way, I am also a charity shop ‘junkie’ just like by Dad; you would often find him in the local Tenovus shop; ironically, also supporting them before he became ill himself!

Finally Steve, tell me something about any personal dreams or ambitions you would like to achieve in the next few years?

-To be happy, healthy and spend more time with my family, friends and loved ones. And of course just to be able to continue to enjoy my passion for singing.

Subsequent to my interview with Steve I received the following messages of support from both the Cudeca & Tenovus charities:

“I am absolutely delighted that Stephen has chosen to support Tenovus. Music has become very important to us over the last couple of years, since we funded research to look at the benefits of singing for cancer patients and their families. The results were phenomenal and as a result ,we recently launched our brand new ‘Sing with Us’ programme which will see 15 choirs set up across Wales over the next three years, helping anyone who has been affected by cancer to come together in a fun, positive and energetic way. The money Stephen raises will help us to support more cancer patients and their families in Wales” – Claudia McVie, Chief Executive of Tenovus

“I would personally like to thank Steve for selecting our charity to benefit from his album. The titles of some of the songs he will include just whet my appetite as they are many of my favourites. Thank you for such kind words about Cudeca and to Steve for also sharing his warm memories of his father and life in the Valleys. I am sure the album will have great success and will be a tremendous help to both charities and their patients suffering from cancer. Best wishes, Joan” – Joan Hunt OBE, President and Founder of Cudeca Cancer Care Hospice.

“I send my heartfelt support to dear friend, Stephen Lloyd-Morgan, a fabulous tenor from the Rhondda Valley! I applaud his passionate goal to help raise much needed funds for these truly amazing Charities through the sale of his new album; dedicated to his Dad, who I know he lost to cancer just 18 months ago!” – Russell Grant, Actor
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Voice of the Valleys

Popular international tenor Stephen Lloyd-Morgan releases albums to aid Spanish and Welsh cancer charities

From the Welsh valleys comes a sound that has nothing at all to do with the corporate mechanisations of the music industry. Here music is not just a business but a way of life – originally a way of expressing faith and later a vital part in the everyday existence of close-knit mining communities. From their ranks sprang forth a choral tradition that not only remains as strong as ever, but continues to be built on the most emotive of all instruments: the voice.

Though he now divides his time between Spain and Wales, Steve is a son of that land and that tradition. Born into the unique musical setting of the Rhondda Valley and gifted with a natural talent, he has gone on to express himself through music wherever he finds himself, be it at the workingman’s club his parents ran, on the stage in the West End, or as a tenor equally at home at an intimate Marbella gathering or a large international concert.

“A love of music is something universal, shared by many of us,” says the soft-spoken Welshman, “but my own origins in the Welsh valleys is something that puts a very specific and profound stamp on me, both as a vocalist and a person. Though I sing in a variety of styles and cover quite a wide range of musical genres it is something I carry with me regardless.” Surrounded not just by the music but also by the tight-knit spirit of the valleys, he learned to read music and would take the microphone and sing to an empty room at his parents’ club after the crowds had gone – imagining that one day it would be a concert hall packed with people.

What started in the workingman’s club and as part of the school brass band eventually grew into a passion that saw him realise many of his musical dreams and ambitions. “I have performed in the West End and at concert halls in front of thousands of people, but one of the greatest pleasures was being invited to be the guest soloist of Welsh choirs touring Spain.” In spite of his success as a tenor and the feedback he gets from the audience when singing Italian classics such as Nessun Dorma as well as contemporary songs, the choral music of his youth continues to have a special place in Steve’s heart.

From the heart
He attributes much of the current resurgence in its popularity to the fact that the music of the valleys comes straight from the heart. “It’s great to see the growing popularity of choirs, from Only Men Aloud and very recently Only Boys Aloud on Britain’s Got Talent to the Military Wives Choir. I think they touch people because it is such an honest medium of expression. Without orchestras or technical wizardry, relying on your voice alone, there is nowhere to hide, and no better way to give expression to feelings.”

The musical tradition of the valleys is clearly about more than musicality or entertainment alone, having played such an important social role for so long. “It is about feelings, experiences and how a community pulls together. The Rhondda Valley was a very giving environment. When someone needed help people rallied around, and this is perhaps the central message of our music as well.” It is certainly a philosophy that continues in his own life, for regardless of punishing schedules or other demands on him, Steve has always been more than willing to make his time and talents available to charities both locally and abroad.

This includes performing regularly at events such as the Butterfly Ball at the Puente Romano Hotel, held in support of the Rhys Daniels Trust Charity, and the UNESCO-accredited Children for Peace Charity, but also giving the proceeds of album sales to charity. The latter include recordings on behalf of fundraising for victims of the Haiti earthquake, as well as a special re-release of his album To Where You Are, in aid of the Cudeca Cancer Hospice.

In My Father’s Footsteps
The fight against cancer and the care for people suffering from this debilitating disease is one that is particularly close to his heart. “It’s a cruel disease that rips the heart out of families, including mine.

There is no discrimination; it can hit anyone and at any age. Anything that can be done by any of us to raise money to improve the odds, whether in terms of treatment or palliative care, is vitally important.” The recent loss of his father to cancer has reinforced his commitment to this goal, and inspired the recording of an album in his memory.

“I had a very close bond with my father, and I think I owe much of my love of music to him,” says Steve. “He was a singer and bass guitarist in the 60s band The Zendars, who supported The Who, so when I was growing up there was always an eclectic mix of music around me.” It is this very personal soundtrack to an era that he is recording in his own style on In My Father’s Footsteps, adding some of his own contemporary favourites to create a highly original and complimentary songbook.

“The album will include a selection of my father’s favourites, like Let It Be Me (The Everly Brothers); Make it with You (Bread) and Vincent (Don McLean), along with classic Italian songs such as Torna a Surriento and Canto Della Terra, right up to Snow Patrol’s Chasing Cars.” Recorded at the famous Pop Factory in the Rhondda and featuring his warm voice and intonation, the album will be released in July, this summer. Steve is giving all proceeds of In My Father’s Footsteps to The Cudeca Hospice and Welsh cancer charity Tenovus – proving once more how far the voice of the valleys carries the message of compassion.

Information
www.cudeca.org
www.tenovus.org.uk
www.slmlive.com - ‘To Where You Are’ was re-released on iTunes and all leading download Stores in March 2012, and ‘In My Father’s Footsteps’ is released on 1st July 2012.

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