Natalie Rushdie is honoring the late Dame Deborah James with the release of a charity single, with 100 per cent of the proceeds going to the Bowelbabe Fund for Cancer Research UK.
Deborah’s friend and jazz singer Natalie sang ‘Tell Me It’s Not True’ at the late star’s funeral a year ago, and now, to honor a request from Deborah’s family, she’s releasing the iconic song ‘Blood’. Brothers’ on Monday (03.07.23). ).
Natalie said: “The last time I saw Deborah, about a week before she died, she asked me to sing ‘Tell Me It’s Not True’ at her funeral.
“It was one of the toughest, most emotional performances I’ve ever had to do.
“I miss her voice, her lifelong vibrancy, her dancing, her constant support and our friendship, but I know somewhere she will be dancing to her song.
“I am honored to sing and record this beautiful song on Deborah’s behalf and I hope the public will get behind us in supporting this wonderful project.”
Heather and Alistair James, Deborah’s parents, added: “Deborah, we know you would be delighted and honored that ‘Tell Me It’s Not True’ has now been recorded to support the Bowelbabe Fund for Cancer Research UK.
“She would be smiling knowing it was being recorded at the iconic Studio 2 on Abbey Road. It’s wonderful to give so many people the chance to hear this song that was so special to Deborah.
“On Deborah’s behalf, we’d like to personally thank all of the musicians, production staff, photographers, and filmmakers who gave their time to make this happen.”
Proceeds from the touching charity single, including publishing and writing royalties, will be donated directly to the Bowelbabe Fund for Cancer Research UK, which has raised more than £11.3m to date.
Natalie’s recording of the track took place at Abbey Road Studios with the accompaniment of 25 musicians.
Deborah was diagnosed with incurable colon cancer in 2016 at just 35 years old, and was affectionately known to the nation as “BowelBabe” after creating a blog of the same name.
In the years following her diagnosis, Deborah did everything she could to raise awareness for colon cancer and funds for research.
He passed away on June 28 at the age of 40.
Natalie, who has performed sold-out shows at the Royal Albert Hall, the London Coliseum and St Paul’s Cathedral, and Deborah became great friends after meeting seven years ago, and the two became even closer after they both They survived sepsis.
Sebastien Bowen, Deborah’s husband, added: “It’s very moving for Natalie to pay tribute to Deborah by immortalizing this song that meant so much to her.
“He performed it beautifully at Deborah’s funeral, and this production is simply stunning.
“I have known Zafar (Natalie’s husband) for over 25 years, and it was through this close friendship that Deborah and I met Natalie. The family is very grateful to Natalie and everyone who has supported and participated in this recording. Thank you.
Natalie Rushdie’s ‘Tell Me It’s Not True’ is available on all major streaming and download platforms including Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes, Amazon Music, TikTok, Deezer, YouTube and more starting Monday, July 3, 2023. 100 percent of proceeds will go to the Bowelbabe Fund for Cancer Research UK.