The group of mortgage industry figures known as M.I.C – the Mortgage Industry Collective – has released its Christmas charity single, “Take Me Home”.
Available today from Google Play Store, Amazon and Spotify – with a listing on iTunes due in within the next two days – proceeds from the single will go to homeless charity End Youth Homelessness.
The single was first announced in mid-November, and forms a part the mortgage industry’s push to raise awareness of, and combat, homelessness – which most recently took the form of the Mortgage Sleep Out, where over 1,000 people spent the night sleeping rough at various locations in the UK, raising over £100,000 in the process.
The single was written by Landbay Intermediaries managing director Paul Brett and performed by many members across the wider mortgage industry.
Amazing, challenging, uplifting
Coreco director Andrew Montlake says: “This whole journey has been simply amazing, challenging, emotional and uplifting. We can’t say thank you enough for all the good feeling and support, from our brilliant bandmates, everyone who took time out to appear on the song, the Sweet Charity Choir and to the amazing Benny D who lived up to his legendary status and then some. He taught us all so much, believed in us and what we were doing and helped all the singers deliver their very best performance.
“It’s now our turn to remember why we did this and make sure we support those who need our help, for whom sleeping out every night is not a choice. Please let’s donate as much as we can to support this song, to keep awareness of the issues in the public and political eyes, and, in conjunction with the Mortgage Sleep Out and some of the other amazing initiatives, to help try to End Youth Homelessness.”
Brett adds: “Andrew (Monty) and I have known each other for many years as industry colleagues. I can’t remember how we got onto the conversation, but he mentioned that he loved writing song lyrics to which I replied, I don’t, but love writing the music. From then on, we had a dream to write a song that could be performed by industry musicians and singers and might even be released, with proceeds going to charity.
“That dream has now become a reality, thanks to the financial support of industry firms. Singers travelled from far and wide on a Saturday to be at Power Studio in London, so they could take part. And we had the immense opportunity to by guided by producer Benny D, who is not only a musical genius, he’s also one of the funniest guys I’ve ever met.
“All the singers and musicians were fantastic; however, I must point out a few people who have touched my soul with their brilliance. Firstly, Kit Thompson, who just picked up his guitar, played like a rock god and then thought he could do better! Then there was Amanda Fenner, who took some of the singing to another level. Finally, Jenny Deacon and her Sweet Charity Choir made a huge contribution. We should also say a big thank you to Coreco, Landbay and our families for putting up with the time that Monty and I have dedicated to the project in recent weeks. We probably haven’t been easy to live and work with!
“Go and download the song, it’s for a great cause and very topical at the moment. Happy Christmas to you all and let’s help those less fortunate by getting 10,000 downloads!”