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London musicians make 'Fight Song' their COVID anthem

Twenty-two London artists. One hit song. And an opportunity to raise unlimited funds for hospital and community charities. That's what you need to know about a new initiative called Forest City Fights Back. 
A few of the 22 London artists behind the fundraising project Forest City Fights Back. Proceeds are going to London Community Foundation and London Health Sciences Foundation. (Provided by Anita Schipper)

Twenty-two London artists. One hit song. And an opportunity to raise unlimited funds for hospital and community charities. That's what you need to know about a new initiative called Forest City Fights Back. 

It brings together some of London's best singers, musicians and producers as they re-record a version of Rachel Platten's hit tune Fight Song. 

While the musicians hope to give Londoners a boost through the music, their main reason for recording the track is to raise money to support the London Community Foundation and London Health Sciences Foundation.

"I just felt compelled to create a project that benefited our community and showed some love to the frontline workers, as well as showcasing the incredible local talent that we have here in London," said Anita Schipper, Forest City Fights Back organizer. 

Hear "Fight Song" and more about what inspired this project: 

The song's video is being released June 15 and will feature the work of Denise Pelley, Marie Bottrell, Chad Price, The Pairs, Aiden Allen and 17 other London names. A number of former NHL players, healthcare workers and local celebrities also make an appearance in the video. 

Proceeds will be raised through the sale of t-shirts or online donations. 

"This only happened a few weeks ago and I thought the recording would be a zoom type thing but it's all professionally recorded," Schipper said. 

"We had very good people in the studio, and we kept our distance wearing our masks. What makes this video so unique is that it does have that incredible production value on it."

See the trailer for London's version of Fight Song

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