Gifted Organs Debut Album
Gifted Organs Debut Album
A unique transplant centred pop band, promoting global organ donor registration with uplifting music full of love and celebration.
A unique transplant centred pop band, promoting global organ donor registration with uplifting music full of love and celebration. Read more
About this project
UNIQUE BAND AIMS TO PROMOTE ORGAN DONOR REGISTRATION WITH SONGS OF LOVE AND CELEBRATION
Gifted Organs is a very special pop band made up of transplant recipient and support musicians that have come together to celebrate the “Gift of Life” through original music.
All of the songs featured on the album are original pieces, composed by transplant recipient musicians. The style is pop and the songs are uplifting and extremely catchy. Each song celebrates the gift of life and is dedicated to the memory of the many donors and their families that decided to help to save lives in a tragic moment of loss.
So far the band has come together to record 8 songs at two highly regarded recording studios in the UK. We plan to record at least 3 more songs to complete the album prior to it's release spring, 2017. Since it's formation in September 2013, 18 singers and musicians have performed with the band, including 11 transplant recipients.
The campaign's aim is to raise enough money to finish recording and to produce the Gifted Organs debut album. The goal of the album is to promote the organ donor register here in the UK and donor registration worldwide, because donor registration saves lives.
Born with Cystic Fibrosis, Mark Allen had a lung transplant in 2005 in Newcastle Freeman Hospital. Chronic rejection left Mark with between 20 to 30 percent lung capacity and diabetes. Since rejection Mark has become a multi-gold medal winning table tennis player, including 6 out of 8 the golds available at the European Transplant Games. Mark was also privileged to carry the Paralympic Torch on the opening day of the London Paralympics.
"It’s great to be part of a team of enthusiastic people, using their talents to celebrate the gift of life. It’s great fun and has encouraged me to do some songwriting of my own. And I got to record at Real World! Some people can have huge hits and not get that opportunity!" Mark Allen.
Gifted Organs the album
Below are two professionally recorded music videos, for Little Yellow Bird and Love is a Wonderful Thing, and also a fabulous live video of Daniel O'Rouke introducing and performing Heavens Streets solo. We've also embedded 30 second snippets of each of the other songs recorded so far, to give you a little taster of each.
1. I could not sleep tonight - Lyrics by James Tottle. Music by James Tottle and Julian Kay.
2. Little yellow bird - Lyrics and Music by James Tottle.
This video was taken while recording at the gorgeous Real World Studios near Bath..
3. Tomorrow - Lyrics by James Tottle. Music by James Tottle and Julian Kay.
4. Heaven's streets - Lyrics and music by Daniel O'Rourke.
The studio recording..
Daniel introduces and plays Heaven's streets live..
5. Restoration - Lyrics by James Tottle. Music by Daniel O'Rourke and Julian Kay.
6. Love is a wonderful thing - Lyrics and music by James Tottle.
Another video taken while recording at Real World Studios..
7. My heart is - Lyrics and music by James Tottle.
Recorded at Real World Studios and awaiting mastering.
8. Celebrate - Lyrics and music by Daniel O'Rourke.
To be recorded.
9. The letter (you're the only one) - Lyrics and music by James Tottle.
To be recorded.
10. Gift of life - Lyrics and music by James Tottle.
To be recorded.
More TBA... (The completed track list may differ)
Why is Gifted Organs such an important album?
With the release of a high quality and unique album the Gifted Organs hope to encourage more people to sign up to the organ donor register and raise awareness of the life saving gift of donor registration both in the UK and Worldwide.
There are currently around 7000 people in the UK on the active waiting list including around 200 children. On average three people die every day in need of a transplant because there are not enough organs available. One donor can save or transform up to nine lives. Anyone can register. There are no barriers to joining the organ donor register. Joining the register makes it easier for everyone to know your wishes and encourages them to follow them.
"As a recipient of a kidney transplant twice over in my lifetime I fully support the work of Kidney Foundation Wales and the other organ donation organisations, who are desperately trying to increase the amount of usable organs for transplants, to allow people like myself suffering with diseased organs to have the chance of a "normal" full life and achieve their full potential."
"I have worked with many celebrities such as Jefferson Airplane/Starship, Paul Potts and Wynne Evans. I've also done quite a lot of gigs for the British heart foundation, it's nice to be part of something that helps other people. " Liza Starlight.
Thank you for all the help so far
Up to this point the recordings have been made possible with fund raising efforts and personal donations by generous people and organisations that agree that this album is an extremely worthwhile endeavour. We would like to thank you all individually here but there really wouldn't be room. You know who you are and you have our deepest gratitude.
Money raising endeavours by personal and corporate donations have helped but the album would have been impossible to get off the ground without the very generous help of Peter Gabriel's Real World Studios near Bath and Metropolis Studios in London. Both studios supported the project by kindly donating sessions to allow the band to record high quality tracks in their fabulous studios. Thank you.
The album also is dedicated to the memory of Simon Cooper, who was prematurely taken from us in July 2016. Like all of the band members, he kindly gave up his time and his awesome drum skills to record two of the songs on the album, I Could Not Sleep Tonight and Tomorrow. Thank you Simon.
Gemma Wardle was diagnosed with kidney failure at the age of 5 years old and was on Haemodialysis from the age of 6 until she received a Kidney Transplant at the age of 7 at St James Hospital, Leeds.
Gemma has enjoyed 25 years of extra life so far thanks to her donor and the great surgeons, nurses and Doctors who helped along the way.
“What I like about being in the Gifted Organs is singing with people who would not be here without organ donation, knowing this is such an amazing thing. Being able to record in a professional studio was just a fantastic experience and a dream come true”. Gemma Wardle.
Please Pledge your support
We hope that you like our music and decide to help us to complete the album by pledging your support. We can then finish recording and mastering the three or so remaining songs and produce a unique album full of love and celebration.
Simply select your pledge level on the right hand side of the screen and fill in your details and we'll keep you updated with regular posts and messages.
"19 years ago, my life was saved by an unknown donor who gave me their heart so I might live. I am deeply thankful to my donor's family who also gave permission for their loved one's organs to be donated at such a sad and tragic time. It has made a massive difference to my life by giving me back my health."
"I decided to start the Gifted Organs and form a band with fellow transplant patients as a tribute to our donors and to use our musical talents to promote organ donation so that many other lives can be saved." "I also want our album to honour the memory of our drummer Simon Cooper who died earlier this year. Simon was a legend." James Tottle.
How the funds will be used
The majority of the funds raised through this campaign will be used to pay for the final recording sessions. The studios have been more than generous but their time is precious so future recording sessions will have to be paid for. There will be studio engineer costs and the completed album will need mastering by a professional sound engineer.
There will be many other overheads associated with the campaign including proper advertising and promotion and, of course, the production and distribution of the finished album.
"I had a heart transplant at Harefield Hospital in 1996 and have since gone on to compete at 18 British Transplant Games and graduated university with a first class degree in history."
"I love being in the Gifted Organs because it gives me a way of musically expressing how good organ donation can be, what a great life you can have after a transplant and to remember my donor through song. I get to enjoy the journey with a bunch of musically talented transplantees too." Paul Rooney.
What can you do to help get the word out?
Please help to spread the word, anything you can do will be greatly appreciated, from simply telling your friends and families about our campaign to actually getting involved in helping to promote the album.
We are looking for new members for the Gifted Organs all the time. If you are a musician, songwriter or singer, transplant recipient or donor registration supporter and want to get involved in the band, however you can, please let us know.
If your life has been saved by a transplant and you have a song of love and celebration that you think would be great for the album, please do get in touch. If we like your song you may even get to record it with us and have it included on the album.
Of course our ultimate goal is to encourage you to sign up to the donor register, because donor registration saves lives! If you would like more information about or to sign up to the UK donor register please click here.
The Gifted Organs..
Artist List track by track
1. I could not sleep tonight. Recorded at Metropolis Studios (London), February 2015. Lyrics by James Tottle. Music by James Tottle and Julian Kay. Vocals - James Tottle. Piano - Julian Kay. Rhythm and lead guitar - Hayden Purcell. Bass guitar - Chris Massen. Drums - Simon Cooper. Backing Vocals - Donna Gift.
2. Little yellow bird. Recorded at Real World Studios, March 2016. Lyrics and Music by James Tottle. Vocals and rhythm guitar - James Tottle. Lead and bass Guitar - Andy Suttie (Paul Rooney features in the video). Electric guitar - Guy Taylor. Drums - Tim Bowman. Piano - Julian Kay. Keyboards - Mark Allen. Backing vocals - Paul Rooney and Liza Starlight.
3. Tomorrow. Recorded at Metropolis Studios, February 2015. Lyrics by James Tottle. Music by James Tottle and Julian Kay. Vocals - James Tottle. Piano - Julian Kay. Rhythm and lead guitar - Hayden Purcell. Bass guitar - Chris Massen. Drums - Simon Cooper.
4. Heaven's streets. Recorded at Real World Studios, February 2014. Lyrics and music by Daniel O'Rourke. Vocals and Guitar - Daniel O'Rourke. Piano and backing vocals - Julian Kay. Backing Vocals - James Tottle, Andy Eddy, Finn Cranham. Video recorded in 2014 in Bath.
5. Restoration. Recorded at Real World Studios, March 2014. Lyrics by James Tottle. Music by Daniel O'Rourke and Julian Kay. Vocals - James Tottle. Backing vocals - Andy Eddy and Julian Kay. Lead and rhythm guitars, keyboards and backing vocals - Daniel O'Rourke. Bass guitar - Gabriel Ciechan. Drums - Dom Guerin.
6. Love is a wonderful thing. Recorded at Real World Studios, March 2016. Lyrics and music by James Tottle. Vocals and rhythm guitar - James Tottle. Lead guitar - Andy Suttie. Electric guitar - Guy Taylor. Bass guitar - Gabriel Ciechan. Keyboard - Mark Allen. Drums - Tim Bowman. Backing Vocals - Gemma Wardle and Paul Rooney.
7. My heart is. Lyrics and music by James Tottle. Recorded at Real World Studios and awaiting mastering. Vocals and rhythm guitar - James Tottle. Lead guitar - Andy Suttie. Electric guitar - Guy Taylor. Drums - Tim Bowman. Piano - Julian Kay. Keyboards - Mark Allen. Backing vocals - Paul Rooney.
This Kickstarter campaign page was compiled and is managed by David Inker. For more information contact David or James at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Risks and challenges
Any project can run into difficulties, however Gifted Organs is so very close to completion that we hope that with your help the album will be ready to sent out by the end of April 2017.
Their are various challenges ahead, availability of recording dates at recording studios, the logistics of assembling musicians on a given date and of course the problems associated with production and shipping.
Luckily we have various artists involved with the band, alleviating the logistics somewhat and our Kickstarter project manager has dealt with production and distribution for a number of years.
Kickstarter is of course, a valuable resource and if the funding goal is reached our backers will be the very first recipients of the completed Gifted Organs album.
We hope the campaign succeeds but the project managers are not relying on this campaign as the only resource to complete the album and are concurrently exploring other options in case this campaign doesn't raise enough funds to cover the remaining costs of recording and production. We are determined to produce a finished product.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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