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North East musicians in Manchester charity single bid

The NE Singers project aims to honour the victims of the Manchester attack Photo: Tyron Spence

Thirty North East musicians have joined forces to cover Ariana Grande's One Last Time in a tribute to the lives lost in the Manchester Arena attack.

Six people from the region were killed in the bombing at the American popstar's concert, including 17-year-old Chloe Rutherford and her 19-year-old boyfriend Liam Curry from South Shields.

Chloe was a keen performer and had many friends in the entertainment industry.

Singer Amy Ridley said losing Chloe broke her heart but she believes the 'NE Singers' project is a fitting tribute to her musical friend.

Chloe Rutherford and Amy Ridley Credit: Amy Ridley

"It means a lot! Music is the one thing that everyone can feel united with - it was a big part of mine and Chloe's life together as best friends. And sharing an amazing tribute to those who lost their lives due to the Manchester attack with my music-family. It's even more special than doing something alone. Music makes people come together. Music has no boundaries. Music is the definition of not giving up."

– Amy Ridley

The project has been organised by Tyron Spence who is recording the artists in a Gateshead home studio. He said that hearing of Amy's heartache inspired him to bring the acts together.

The project has been organised by musician Tyron Spence Credit: Tyron Spence
The song is being produced in a home studio in Gateshead Credit: Tyron Spence

"I first decided to put it together when I heard about Amy Ridley who sadly lost her best friend Chloe at Ariana's music concert. It feels so close to home especially to happen at a music concert which is the industry we specialise in which people go to and want to enjoy themselves. I approached Amy and we decided to get all the North East singers involved. I put a Facebook status up and received around 60 emails and unfortunately we had to narrow it down to around 30 singers."

– Tyron Spence

Tyron is working on releasing the track officially and plans to give all proceeds to charity. He plans on also recording a music video - this will be posted to YouTube with a link to Just Giving until an official music distributor is found.

It shouldn't take long with names like Jamie Lee Harrison on board. Jamie has just featured in ITV talent show Britain's Got Talent and made it to the semi finals. Jamie said he didn't even have to think about taking part in the charity single.

Jamie Lee Harrison Credit: Tyron Spence

"When asked if I would take part in this project, it took no thought whatsoever. In light of such tragic events, it's great that the local music scene are coming together to remember the beautiful lives lost in Manchester."

– Jamie Lee Harrison

Teenage jazz singer Danielle Brown has also been in the studio. Danielle won Metro Radio's Big Audition and performed at the arena in Newcastle. The Postmodernaires frontwoman says the project aims to promote 'unity and defiance'.

Danielle Brown Credit: Tyron Spence

"Uniting with musicians from the North East to show the power of music, love and how strong we are together at such a hard time is amazing. I feel honoured to have been asked to take part and use my voice for such an important cause."

– Danielle Brown

Other singers taking part include Ty Lewis, Jodie Fitzgibbon and Channy Thompson.

The video will be released June 14.