Singer-songwriter Katie Noonan is calling on Illawarra voices to sing loud and proud to draw attention to Australia’s domestic violence crisis.
The ARIA winner and now artistic director of the Queensland Music Festival is urging choirs and individuals to join a nationwide sing-a-long of John Farnham’s “You’re the Voice” in the hope governments will sit up and listen.
“I think musicans and artists have a responsibility to comment on the order of the day and use music as a powerful too,” Ms Noonan said.
She said governments were quick to change laws regarding the coward’s punch despite that affecting less people than domestic violence but believes they haven’t done enough for DV.
“Dometic and family violence is something that affects absolutely everyone in this country, whether it be directly or indirectly … it’s a huge epidemic,” Ms Noonan.
“When you think of ‘You’re the Voice’ – which is pretty much our unofficial national anthem – and you sing it through the filter of the DV situation the lyrics are incredibly apt and incredibly powerful and very beautiful, asking people to not live in silence and not live in fear.
“The statistics are truly terrible and need to change.”
Thousands will gather in Brisbane to sing on July 29 with thousands more appearing via simulcast livestream and social media.
Choirs or individuals can register for the event at: https://qmf.org.au/youre-the-voice/
“We want to unite Australia with the power of song – every voice counts.”
Registrations close 30 June 2017, but make sure you register before April 29 if you want your choral director to attend the choral masterclass with Dr Jonathon Welch.