Emma Ballantine launches full Somebody’s Story EP
London, 31st March 2017: A project to bring to life true stories from people around the world has been completed today with the release of a new track from British singer songwriter Emma Ballantine.
Through Your Eyes – the fourth and final track from Ballantine’s Somebody’s Story EP, offers a glimpse of the world as seen by 14 year-old James, who has autism.
Based on a story submitted by James’ mother Nancy (read in full below), the song credits James as a co-writer and features samples from his own music, created with Baltimore-based producer and beat-boxer Max Bent (listen on SoundCloud).
Released ahead of World Autism Awareness Day (2nd April), the track combines elements of James’ track Don’t Bore Anyone’s Ears with layered synths and subtle backing vocals to create a powerful and expansive soundscape to conclude the four-track record.
The EP, recorded with Brixton-based producer Moseley, will be released via iTunes, Spotify and other digital platforms, and Ballantine will mark the launch with a performance at The Green Note in Camden, London, on Sunday 9th April (view details).
The previous three tracks in the series have brought to life stories including a 7,000 mile journey to Kenya, inspired by love at first sight (Astronaut); a chance encounter in a dive bar in Chicago (Harmonise); and a young girl’s determination to move on with her life after a harrowing court case (Secret Tunnel).
The full stories behind the tracks can be found at www.somebodysstory.com.
Since releasing the first track, Secret Tunnel, in December 2016, Emma has had radio play from Janice Long at BBC Radio 2, who said:
“I listened first and thought it was fantastic in every way. Then I read the story and listened again. It is so powerful”.
The EP launch concludes a 12-date tour of the UK for the London-based artist, including dates in Bristol, Birmingham and Nottingham, and also a string of coffee shop gigs in partnership with Caffè Nero.