An Isle of Wight musician is hoping to send a message to people through music – that help is always at hand, even through the toughest times.
Levi Collins has released a track called ‘Help Me’ using vocals from his late friend Alan Jones – who he met while doing voluntary work at Aspire in Ryde.
Alan tragically died in July 2018.
Levi, 28, has written and released tracks over the last few years – and says his latest song is aimed at sending a positive message to people who may be struggling with mental health issues.
Speaking to Isle of Wight Radio, Levi said:
“For the song to be called Help Me and be based on mental health – and having Alan there supporting me through those difficult times – means so much to me. We have done this and achieved this together.
“I wasn’t even bothered about too many syllables or too much music skill, I just wanted to sort of pour my heart out but in the right way. It’s definitely been the hardest thing I have ever done musically and lyrically.
“It’s about bringing the best out of people. If it inspires people to do better then that’s great. Music can be an outlet and I want it to remind and show people that there’s is hope and the bad times will pass.”
Levi, who lives in Ryde, has performed on stage at a number of events – often for charity – including at this year’s Great Wonderfest.
“I have always connected with all genres of music. With me seeing light at the end of the tunnel and coming out of this dark place, I think it gives me a reassurance that I can help people.
“It also shows people who have helped me and continue to help me that it is a positive, through music.”
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Anyone struggling with mental health issues can contact the Samaritans on 116 123.