NEW SONG “I’M A WOMAN” BY SUPERGROUP WOMAN, PRODUCED AND JOINED BY LEGENDARY QUEEN GUITARIST BRIAN MAY, ANNOUNCED FOR RELEASE ON OCTOBER 23 IN HONOUR OF BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH
CD AND VINYL SINGLE AVAILABLE TO PRE-ORDER HERE
20 OCTOBER 2020 (TORONTO, ON) - After several mysterious teases on social media, Queen legend Brian May has now confirmed the upcoming release of what he calls a ‘kick a**’ track’; one he has produced and that’s performed by sensational singers WOMAN and accompanied by May’s guitar. The WOMAN supergroup features four of rock musical theatre’s most powerful female voices and ‘We Will Rock You’ alumni - Mazz Murray, Kerry Ellis, Gina Murray and Anna-Jane Casey.
Together May and WOMAN have created a storming blues rock version of famed songwriter duo Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller’s classic 1962 "I’m A Woman," originally made famous by Peggy Lee. This special 2020 cover on which May performs as well as producing, is released in Breast Cancer Awareness Month to support the work of two leading women’s cancer charities – Target Ovarian Cancer and The Caron Keating Foundation, the latter being the family run cancer charity in memory of the much loved TV personality that was established by her mother Gloria Hunniford, and Caron's two brothers.
WOMAN’s “I’m A Woman” track featuring Brian May’s guitars is available as a digital download this Friday October 23, click here to pre-order and with CD and Vinyl single versions also available to pre-order from here.
Says Brian: “This recording was conceived as a response to a calling to promote this great cause for women’s health. But it evolved into a magnificently raunchy and defiant rock track in its own right. These four ladies all rock out sensationally, and it was pure joy to underpin their performances with my guitar. I actually stole that down-and-dirty riff from “I’m a Man” so I would claim this arrangement kicks more a** than all previous !! Woman Rocks !!! “
The track’s inspiration was to create something special in the memory of Rebekah Gibbs, another female West End star. The British actress became a household name in TV soap ‘Casualty’ before she was diagnosed with Grade 3 breast cancer in 2009, and tragically died in 2014.
WOMAN founder and close friend Mazz Murray said: “We are thinking particularly of our dear friend and fellow performer Rebekah, who we lost, but not before she brought about a change in the rules of diagnosis and specialist referrals through which she has saved so many lives. We remember #gorge.”
The single’s music video is truly something to behold, with May having BMG create the “World’s Pinkest Pink Guitar” for his use on the track. “Try Googling ‘pinkest pink’, May suggests. “As far as I know, this is truly the first pinkest pink guitar. It has a strange effect on the video cameras – coming out burning hot.”
The ‘I’m A Woman’ shoot took place in a socially distanced East London space, with each member of WOMAN getting their solo moment in the spotlight. The music video begins in a dark and minimalist studio, as each singer gives a powerful performance that captures the song’s theme of strong and independent women delivering a positive and inspirational message. Then, as the video develops, the action transfers to a vast warehouse space where each WOMAN singer gets to rock out under a spectacular light display. Meanwhile guitar legend May accompanies them on his “World Pinkest Pink Guitar’ – delivering an unforgettable blues-solo in front of a large wall of speakers.
WOMAN first teamed up with Brian May for a performance of “I’m A Woman” at the "Pinktober Women of Rock Charity Concert” at the Royal Albert Hall in London in November 2009 which supported the Caron Keating Foundation.
WOMAN’s Kerry Ellis says: “Sometimes things happen for a reason, this song has been waiting in the wings for the right moment to make some noise! The time is now! Cancer affects us all in some way and I am beaming with pride to have joined with an incredible team of talented friends to produce a powerful performance and message. We are strong, we are women and we can make a difference!”
Long viewed as a positive statement for female reliance, in this 2020 Brian May produced guitar driven and deliciously playful vocals version, I’M A WOMAN today stands as a POWERFUL proclamation.
All proceeds from the recording will go to Target Ovarian Cancer and The Caron Keating Foundation.
Target Ovarian Cancer
I'M A WOMAN (Leiber/Stoller)
Performed by: WOMAN - Kerry Ellis, Mazz Murray, Gina Murray, Anna-Jane Casey
Guitar: Brian May
I’m A Woman
Produced by Brian May and Steve Sidwell
Co-Produced and Engineered by Justin Shirley-Smith and Kris Fredriksson
Ian ‘Ianto’ Thomas - drums
Pete Murray - Hammond organ
Neil Murray - Bass
2020 Duck Productions Ltd.
Released: 23 October 2020
Digital release via Believe Digital
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Notes to Editors:
Mazz Murray: “We want to highlight and push women into getting checked early and also to highlight ovarian cancer as there are very few symptoms and it is a deadly form of cancer if untreated early. Cancer doesn’t see beauty - fame - money - colour - weight or happiness. It is a random game of poker. Get checked early - sometimes you can change your hand.”
Gina Murray: “For me this amazing record encapsulates so much. Four of my favourite artists - and people - coming together to support two fantastic causes in the name of our dear Rebekah using their sensational talent and energy. And all this against the backdrop of an unforgettable period in our history, when never more so has it been vital to hold on to the importance of health, gratitude, family, friendship, empowerment - and the privilege of performance.”
Anna-Jane Casey: “Woman’s health issues are sometimes pushed aside as we are busy caring for children, organising the house, whilst working and trying to find time for ourselves, as the song ’Woman’ proves! We lost a great friend in Rebekah Gibbs to cancer and we dedicate this in her memory. So to be able to perform alongside the legend that is Brian May and my fabulous female friends Mazz, Gina, and Kerry whilst raising awareness and money for the Caron Keating Foundation and Target Ovarian Cancer makes me hopeful that in time these diseases won’t cut short any more women’s lives.“
WOMAN founder Mazz Murray has a long and impressive career in musical theatre. Notably, she played Killer Queen in the Queen musical 'We Will Rock You’ for a record nine years, also having starred in other rock and pop-based musicals including ‘MAMMA MIA!’, ‘Fame’, ‘Rent’, ‘Chicago', ‘The Dusty Springfield Story’, ‘Patsy Cline’ and ‘The Roy Orbison Story’. She was also the guest star on Il Divo’s last world tour.
Kerry Ellis was discovered by May while lead understudying for ‘My Fair Lady’, before being cast as the original Meat in ‘We Will Rock You’. May and Ellis went on to form a performing duo, who have recorded three albums together and toured extensively. Ellis was the first British Elphaba in the West End smash, ‘Wicked’, and transferred to Broadway to play the role at the Gershwin Theatre before returning to the London production. Other credits include lead roles in ‘Oliver!’, ‘My Fair Lady’, ‘Miss Saigon’ and ‘Les Miserables’. She also played Svetlana in ‘Chess’ at the Royal Albert Hall opposite Idina Menzel and Josh Groban,
Mazz’s sister and founding member Gina Murray‘s long list of West End musical credits include ‘MAMMA MIA!’, ‘Patsy Cline’, ‘Chicago’, ‘The Roy Orbison Story’, and ‘The Full Monty’, among others, as well as the film ‘Sorted’. On TV Gina is known for her work in ‘Witless’, ‘Judge John Deed’, ‘Doctors’ and ‘Eastenders’.
Anna-Jane Casey’s theatrical credits stretch over a 30 year career and include leading roles in ‘Cats’, ‘Grease’, ‘Chicago’, Starlight Express’, West Side Story, ’Piaf’, and ‘Sweet Charity’. She has sung with many of the world’s leading orchestras and is a regular guest soloist on ‘Friday Night Is Music Night’ on BBC Radio 2. Television works have included ‘Family Guy’, ‘Doctors’, ‘Eastenders’, 'Coronation Street’, ‘Heartbeat’ and ‘Holby City’.
WOMAN have shown off their musical talents across UK and Europe stages and concert venues including supporting artists such Billy Ocean and Earth Wind & Fire on their UK tours.