Brit and Ivor Novello award winning Singer Songwriter KT Tunstall releases her timely new track – “Wash Ya Hands” – featuring Grace Savage and The Freelance Hellraiser on Friday June 5th. All proceeds going to War Child UK and WaterAid for their Covid-19 appeals. The upbeat pop track, laced with humour and sage advice, and inspired by the Covid-19 crisis in which we all find ourselves, zeros in on the most effective base line advice we have been given to protect ourselves and others – “Wash Ya Hands”! – turning it into a memorable dance floor mantra.
As KT puts it: “Lockdown has been strange and challenging for all of us. I haven’t found it easy to sit and make new music. However, “Wash Ya Hands” was a flash of inspiration to write something fun to dance to. The whole thing was done on our laptops during lockdown. The song is about how we move forward from this situation, whilst giving fans, friends and families a chance to involve themselves in making the final video – which I can’t wait to see come together!”
The track features a slick beatbox breakdown from much vaunted electro-pop Singer, Songwriter and 4x UK Beatbox Champion Grace Savage. “I knew Grace was the perfect featured artist for this as soon as I started putting the track together, she’s so badass!” adds KT.
Grace says of the project: “I met KT at HearHer Festival last year and we talked about how cool it would be to collaborate on something in the future (I think flutes and beatboxing were mentioned). A few months later, I got a call from her saying she’s written a track and asked if I’d be up for writing something for the middle 8 section. I have a lot of respect for KT and what she stands for plus the song is a banger, it’s fun, informative and all for a good cause so it was a no brainer! Chuffed to be a part of it.”
The lyric video for “Wash Ya Hands” (released on Monday June 8th) stars KT and includes instructions of how fans can submit footage to become part of a truly collective experience.
This is not the first time KT has involved her fans in a global #KTKollaboration project. In 2010, scores of her fans from all over the world were filmed playing the musical elements from her song “Glamour Puss” – the only original part that remained was KT’s vocal – the stunning video was then shared on KT’s YouTube channel.
This time, fans will be encouraged to submit videos of themselves dancing, singing or playing along to the song and on June 26th the final result will be revealed.
Rob Williams, War Child CEO says “It’s amazing that KT’s brilliant single is continuing our history of supporting some of the world’s most vulnerable children with the power of music. It’s the generosity of artists like KT that means right now our teams are on the ground delivering vital aid to those who need it most, Thank you.”
It goes without saying that war zones are already incredibly dangerous places, especially for children, but coronavirus is making life even harder. Crowded refugee camps and limited healthcare means the effects of the virus will hit these children hardest. Meanwhile many families risk running out of food in days as lockdown measures stop them going to work. War Child is helping families receive desperately needed food and hygiene kits and ensuring teachers and councillors can continue supporting children online and over the phone.
WaterAid’s CEO Tim Wainwright says: “We’re really excited to be working with KT Tunstall and grateful for her support through her handwashing song, which ties in perfectly with WaterAid’s mission for everyone everywhere to have clean water and good hygiene. Regular handwashing is one of the most effective ways to reduce the spread of infectious diseases, but one in ten people around the world do not have clean water, and in poorer countries three-quarters of people have nowhere to wash their hands with soap at home. We’re working tirelessly to change this.”
WaterAid is racing to reach communities with clean water, handwashing facilities, and information about good hand hygiene, helping people protect themselves from diseases like Coronavirus.
KT adds: “Being affected by a global pandemic is hard enough, but imagine being a child in a war zone, or experiencing a lack of access to clean water on top of that. These charities are doing such important work, now more than ever.”