TransactionX Aiming for Number One Charity Single
A group of business colleagues from around the country, including Leeds and York, are throwing off their suits and taking to the mic in a bid to become chart toppers in aid of the charity, Free the Children.
The band, TransactionX, has been assembled by York man Ian Reid who is joined by seven location independent colleagues who all work for Barclaycard including singer Tim Cooper from Leeds, Vincent Fiennes from Knutsford and Stacey French from Northampton in an attempt to punk their way up the charts with their single ‘Umbrella’ – a pop punk cover version of the 2007 number one by Rihanna.
Frontman Ian explained: “The idea for the band came about a couple of years ago when I was thinking of ways we could help the charities we were supporting. I thought it would be a fun way of raising money and getting people together from across the company who don’t normally work together and had always wanted to be in a band, but never had the opportunity. I sent an email to colleagues across the company, sounding out the idea, and amazingly people responded. Though we all work from home, we practised a lot for, what we imagined would be, a one-off gig in Northampton. It went really well – with a much bigger turnout than we had expected – and lots of people told us how much they enjoyed it, which really spurred us on,” he added. “So, as a bit of a joke more than anything, we asked if we could play at the Barclaycard presentsBritish Summer Time event in Hyde Park last year and they said yes!”
At Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park, the band was approached by a record company executive who happened to be in the audience. He offered them time in the studio to record and release tracks to help in their fund raising efforts – which they leapt at.
“In just a couple of years, we’ve gone from being a group of 40-somethings who had never played in front of a live audience, let alone been in a recording studio, to having a debut single released and trying our luck in the charts against whipper snappers like Taylor Swift and Hozier! Rihanna’s single was at number one for 10 weeks – we’ll be ecstatic if we just make it into the top 40,” Ian continued.
The single is released on 28th June and is available for pre-order through iTunes, Amazon and all major download sites with all proceeds from the sale of the single will go to Free the Children. The B-side is the group’s recording of Miley Cyrus’s ‘The Climb’.
Free the Children is an international charity and educational partner that is committed to ending child exploitation on a global basis. The charity has suggested all money raised from this initiative will be committed to an all-girl school in Kenya that it sponsors.