X Factor duo Same Difference set to release NHS charity single featuring Portsmouth children
MORE than 100 Portsmouth children’s voices are set to feature on a charity single raising funds for NHS staff.
Pop duo Same Difference, who rose to fame on The X Factor in 2007, have reunited for one last single together to give thanks to the NHS - and recruited young talent from the area to help out.
Widley-born siblings Sean Smith and Sarah Wilson have not released a track together in 10 years, but have recorded a song through lockdown which features students from Sarah’s performing arts school SD Studios.
Written by the pair’s music teacher John Gleadall from their time at Purbrook Park School, One Life, One Love will be released on August 3 and is available for pre-order.
Although Sean, 34, still sings - with his debut album Solo released this week - the charity single was 31-year-old Sarah’s first time recording for a while, and it was important to her to include students from Buckland-based SD Studios.
Sarah said: ‘To me, the studios and the kids there are my life. To do a single and not have them be part of it would seem really weird to me.’
The single was produced from students sending in voice notes of themselves performing, which were pulled together to produce the final piece.
‘It took our producer hours to line them all up and actually the result is that it sounds like a proper choir, like it has been done in the recording studio,’ said Sarah.
‘I’m over the moon with it and all the kids are buzzing. It’s been amazing because we have all been at home and it’s given us a focus.’
A limited edition run of 100 CD single copies sold out in an hour and a half, and the pair hope to raise as much as possible to thank frontline staff.
Mum-of-two Sarah said: ‘We just owe them so much, when you think about the hours they have been putting in and the efforts they have been putting in to save people’s lives.
‘It could be your auntie, mum or children who need that service so it helps the whole nation by raising money for the NHS, our country wouldn’t have survived without it.’