Local song goes national

Local recording artist Alison Hams is releasing a song to raise money for the Junior Diabetes Research Foundation.

With the help of her husband Mark Tempany, Alison created the song and sent a demo to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation's marketing team in March.

The song, titled Jelly Baby Song, is available on iTunes and CD Baby, with 95 per cent of the proceeds going towards the JDRF.

"They responded positively the next day wondering if some lyric changes could occur to suit their Jelly Baby Month campaign beginning 1st May," she said.

"We re-recorded a demo with lyric changes that afternoon and by the next day we were corresponding on the new version which we then set about fully re-recording to its now finished form."

Alison said the success or failure of the song depended on how many people from across the world purchased the song.

"If everyone helps spread the word just imagine what a difference we could make," she said.

"JDRF have already invested over $1.3billion to support every major diabetes research breakthrough in the past 30 years."

As part of the song some of Mark and Alison's music students sang on the song.

Alison said most people knew someone who was touched by diabetes, whether it be a friend, family member or classmate and the choir members were no exception.

Alison said she started thinking of writing a song in aid of diabetes research in 2008 after her husband Mark suffered a nocturnal seizure, a life-threatening situation which is common in type one diabetes sufferers.

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"The following two very difficult years of recovery for my husband, as well as what I see him deal with on an hour by hour basis every day of his life is enough to inspire anyone to do what they can to help others with this condition," she said.

Alison said she was happy with the song's composition around the middle of last year but she and her husband were only able to schedule recording sessions during the recent Christmas and New Year break.

"Interestingly the song was originally recorded as Jelly Bean Song with a view to a June release date, but when JDRF's interest in featuring it as a part of their Jelly Baby Month campaign beginning 1st May became apparent some very fast re-records and re-mastering in Nashville, Tennessee was completed just two-weeks-ago," she said.

Head to www.jellybabysong.com to find a direct link to where the songs can be purchased.

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