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BON JOVI SHARES “UNBROKEN”, FEATURING THE INVICTUS GAMES CHOIR

 

RECORDED AT ABBEY ROAD STUDIOS

IN SUPPORT OF THE INVICTUS GAMES FOUNDATION

 

27 MARCH 2020 (TORONTO, ON) – Bon Jovi release today a remarkable version of "Unbroken" featuring the Invictus Games Choir in support of the Invictus Games Foundation.

 

Listen to "Unbroken" HERE

 

The special version of the Bon Jovi track, re-recorded last month at Abbey Road Studios, is available to buy and stream now. All proceeds will go to the Invictus Games Foundation, of which The Duke of Sussex is Patron, in support of the recovery and rehabilitation of international wounded, injured or sick military personnel.

 

The video for ‘Unbroken’, available to watch today, stars Jon Bon Jovi, the Choir and The Duke of Sussex, who dropped into the recording session at Abbey Road Studios last month. The Choir and Jon recorded the single together in just 2 days, and in the video, Jon and the 12 choir members are seen rehearsing and singing together as a glorious group.

 

The extraordinary project began last summer when Jon Bon Jovi first approached The Duke of Sussex with the idea to re-record the track alongside the choir, with all proceeds benefitting real lives via the Invictus Games Foundation.

 

Both of Jon Bon Jovi’s parents were in the US Marine Corps, and so he felt close enough to be the storyteller for those who have served. The story has now been brought to life through song with the help of the Invictus Games Choir. ‘Unbroken’ was originally created last year as a compelling anthem to shine a spotlight on the thousands of veterans living with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. The original track will feature on the upcoming album Bon Jovi 2020.

 

The song was recorded in Studio 2 at Abbey Road Studios, made famous by The Beatles, who recorded the majority of their hit albums there.

 

The visit brought the world’s focus to the famous recording studios in February as Jon, The Duke of Sussex and two choir members recreated the iconic Beatles’ Abbey Road album cover on the zebra crossing.

 

The start of the music video captures a conversation between The Duke of Sussex and Jon during The Duke’s visit to meet the Choir at Abbey Road Studios last month. The Duke of Sussex says, “With military people, there’s a way of being able to talk about the scars of war in a positive way. Some suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress, some of them suffer from depression, anxiety, but they are stronger for it. Those are the kind of ambassadors and role models that we need.

 

Jon adds, “Well, I thank you for what you’ve done to bring a light to that. It’s what you’re doing, really. I just got inspired to write a song from it… It’s touching, their desire to serve and what they gave, and what they get out of singing.”

 

Andy, Invictus Games Choir member and founder, says, “Singing has been a thrill and I’m hanging on to it because some of those words are very pertinent to me about the ringing in your ears and… wanting to scream. After I was blown up, I laid there in the middle of the night thinking ‘This has changed my life… no legs, hand injuries... what am I going to do next?’ And who would have thought I would be singing about being blown up. So, this song was very deep in different places for me.”

 

Caroline, another member of the Choir, speaks of how she relates to the song, “For me, this song is about the fact that yes I’ve struggled, but I’m not broken. I’m still here and I’m unbroken.

 

The Invictus Games Choir, which is managed and delivered by Help for Heroes, is made up of wounded, injured and sick veterans and serving personnel from all branches and different ranks of the UK Armed Forces, who come together and use the power of music to aid their recovery.

 

The Invictus Games Foundation is the international charity that oversees the development of the Invictus Games, an international adaptive multi-sport event in which wounded, injured or sick armed services personnel and veterans participate. It celebrates the power of sport in recovery and how it can help, physically or psychologically, those suffering from injuries or illness. The Duke, Patron of the Invictus Games Foundation, founded the Invictus Games with the first event taking part in London in 2014. Since then, the Games have been held three other times – in Orlando (2016), Toronto (2017) and Sydney (2018). The fifth Invictus Games, which was due to take place in The Hague in May this year, has been postponed until May/June 2021.

 

Social media

Instagram: @sussexroyal / @weareinvictusgames / @jonbonjovi
Twitter: @royalfamily / @WeAreInvictus / @jonbonjovi

 

For Bon Jovi media enquiries:

The Outside Organization 020 7436 3633

Chris Goodman chris.goodman@outside-org.co.uk

Suzannah Fellows suzannah.fellows@outside-org.co.uk

 

For Invictus Games Foundation or Invictus Games Choir media enquiries:

Sam Newell, Invictus Games Foundation 07365 521528

Sam.newell@invictusgames.org

 

Background:

The Invictus Games Foundation manages the process of selecting the hosts of future Invictus Games and oversees their delivery. The Foundation also seeks to provide competitors past and present with opportunities in all areas of life to help them develop new skills and allow them to engage fully in society.


The Invictus Games is an international sporting event for wounded, injured and sick Servicemen and women – both serving and veterans. It uses the power of sport and the Invictus Spirit to inspire recovery, support the rehabilitation of wounded injured and sick Servicemen and women and veterans and improve their life beyond injury.

 

About Bon Jovi:

Over an illustrious career spanning more than three decades since their formation in 1983, Bon Jovi has earned their place among global rock royalty and was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame as well as the Songwriters Hall of Fame. With over 130 million albums sold worldwide, and extensive catalogue of hit anthems, thousands of concerts performed in more than 50 countries for more than 35 million fans, and ticket grosses well over $1 billion around the world in the last decade alone.  Bon Jovi is the consummate rock and roll band.