Melissa James’ big sing version of ‘Live Again,’ raising funds and fighting stigma for SANE, is available via iTunes and Amazon. Intimate piano accompanies a powerful lead vocal. Wait for the polyphonic backing vocals rising up to circle and blend from through the pianist’s microphone towards the end of the highly organic Stripped Back version, top.
The song, a co-write with Ross Lorraine, in the choral version, excerpts of which are above in the explanatory “making of” video, has a gospelly-blues jazz feel, the singer’s warm, expressive René Marie-calibre voice blessed with great diction, pitch and dynamic control set against gently insistent and supportive piano accompaniment and then the blended volunteer community spirit of the choir an additional ingredient as they all move, together, step by step, towards the decisive musical moment and click to connect.
Melissa debuted in 2012 with her album Day Dawns and performs at the South Bank Centre in the central bar foyer, level 2 of the Royal Festival Hall, London, on Friday 17 March, during lunchtime