SIMONE WHITE SHARES ‘GOLDFINGER’ COVER FROM THE WEDDING PRESENT BOND COMPILATION
‘NOT FROM WHERE I’M STANDING’ RELEASED TO RAISE MONEY FOR CALM
Come Play With Me proudly releases the second single from ‘Not From Where I’m Standing’, the collection of 20 Bond themes covered by current and former members of The Wedding Present.
The single ‘Goldfinger’ by Simone White will is released, alongside a video available to view exclusively here.
‘Goldfinger’, performed by Shirley Bassey, was the theme song to the 1964 film of the same name.
Simone featured on Cinerama’s ‘Manhattan’ single (2000) and The Wedding Present’s ‘Holly Jolly Hollywood’ single (2008). Her most recent album ‘Letter To The Last Generation’ will receive a vinyl release which will include two new bonus tracks and will be out on Fetch Happened Records, 11th December 2020.
It’s such a compelling rendition, divine and dramatic.
This is the second single from the album, following the release of ‘Mr Kiss Kiss Bang Bang’ from Sleeper Featuring David Lewis Gedge, 9th October 2020.
The benefit album will be released on Friday 4th December as a double LP (including CD), CD, and digitally. 100% of the profits from its sale will be donated to suicide prevention charity ‘Campaign Against Living Miserably’ (CALM).
Asked about how music has helped her mental health, both in creating it and as a fan, Simone explains ‘Listening to music is such a personal and deeply affecting experience. It can penetrate your being to the places you’re not even aware are hurting. Making music, singing, breathing and creating vibrations in your body is an even more powerful healing tool. I think everyone should sing, it’s our first instrument, our birthright as humans.’
Simone goes on to say ‘Making music has certainly helped me through dark periods in my life. Turning horrible painful feelings into a song is like turning lead into gold, an incredibly exciting moment when it happens, like a lifeline pulling you out of the depths. A few times it’s happened I’ve been in a very low state and some stranger has reached out to me on- line saying that my music has brought them solace and it’s been absolutely humbling and healing, feeling that connection.’
Simone White has released seven albums: (I am the Man, Yakiimo, Silver Silver, Three Versions with Kassem Mosse (EP) on the British label Honest Jon’s; (Letter to the Last Generation, Genuine Fake, The Sincere Recording Co. Presents) self-released. She has been a featured vocalist and vocalist/songwriter on a number of collaborations (Fol Chen, Reinier Zonneveld, Dive Index, The Wedding Present, The Happening).
She has had several songs featured in film and tv, notably an award winning world wide television campaign for the Audi R8 and an Omega watch ad featuring Nicole Kidman.
Simone White has toured with and opened for Little Dragon, Victoria Williams, Mark Eitzel, Andrew Bird, Nouvelle Vague, Thao, The Honest Jon’s Chop Up with Damon Albarn, John C Reilly & Friends and others. She currently lives in New York City.
The Wedding Present are one of the UK’s most longstanding and much-loved indie bands and have eighteen UK Top 40 hit singles to their name. Not bad for a band that has, from its inception, stub- bornly refused to play the record industry’s game. From debut album ‘George Best’, “an unmitigated delight” (NME), onwards, the band has charted an appealing, if often eccentric, course of its very own. The band released its ninth studio album, ‘Going, Going…’, to huge critical acclaim in 2016.
Since then the band have retained a prolific output including releases of a series of BBC 6 Music sessions recorded for Marc Riley, George Best 30 (re-recorded with Steve Albini and released 2017), Something Left Behind (film, 2018), Tommy 30 (re-recorded and released 2019) and new studio single ‘Jump In, The Water’s Fine’ / ‘Panama’ in 2019.
Sleevenotes, David’s reflection on his earlier lyrics, was published in 2019 and during lockdown in 2020, the band recorded a series of Stripped Back sessions for their festival At The Edge Of The Sofa. A musical based on David’s music is now also in the works!-
Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) is leading a movement against suicide by offering life- saving services, provoking national conversation, and bringing people together to empower everyone to reject living miserably and stand together against suicide.
For more information, visit thecalmzone.net.
If you’re struggling CALM’s helpline & webchat are open from 5pm until midnight. Call the helpline on 0800 58 58 58, or chat to their trained helpline staff online. No matter who you are or what you’re go- ing through, it’s free, anonymous & confidential. –
Come Play With Me CIC (CPWM) exists to support people in Yorkshire attempting to acquire a sus- tainable career within music.
It is best known as a ‘7” singles club’ and music magazine, but also runs a series of events to create, and signpost to, opportunities within music careers.
Founder/director of CPWM, Tony Ereira, was a trustee of CALM 2012 – 2017.