Claire reaches for the sky

Claire Taylor-Smith
Claire Taylor-Smith

A TALENTED Morpeth singer is raising her voice for charity after recording a new single.

Claire Taylor-Smith was delighted to be invited to sing alongside West End star Desi Valentine, who played the lead in Fame, in aid of The Helen Bamber Foundation.

The charity single, The Sky Is Always Mine, will raise funds to support women and child victims of human sex trafficking.

The song was written and co-produced by foundation supporter Phil Knight, who previously set a world record for drumming for four-and-a-half consecutive days in Leicester Square, London, raising £4,000 for the charity in the process.

The single comes from his charity album Just Enough For The Real World.

Ms Taylor-Smith said: “I am so thrilled to be involved in such a diverse and vibrant project for such an incredibly worthy cause.

“Phil Knight is extremely dedicated to The Helen Bamber Association and you can tell from the success of the album that his hard work has certainly paid off.

“Prior to working with Phil, I had no idea that trafficking was such a big problem in the UK — perhaps I am naive, but it is just not an issue that ever seems to get mentioned with it being a taboo subject.

“This has to change and I believe Just Enough For The Real World may make a big enough noise so that people start to take notice.

“I’d also like to mention just how good this track is. It really does have that fun and feel-good factor.”

The track is available to download at