Song to raise awareness about domestic abuse
MISS Loughborough and a rapper from the town have teamed up to create a song and music video to raise awareness of domestic abuse.
Kellyann Mitchell, Miss Loughborough Galaxy 2016/17, and musician Lacky C are hoping their creative project will help tackle the issue they both have encountered.
The mother-of-four told the Echo she approached the rapper with the idea as he has made a number of awareness tracks and she felt telling her story could help others.
Kellyann said: “I have experienced domestic violence and I’m actually basing the video on that.
“I was being physically and mentally abused and I had two young children at the time.
“Because I was not with their dad, I was desperate to be loved and I didn’t know how I was going to manage on my own.
“I wanted to do this as I think single parents put up with bad people because they feel like no one is going to want them because they feel like they’re not going to get any better and don’t feel like anyone will want them because they have children. And that’s just not true.”
Kellyann told the Echo she is writing the screenplay for the music video which will follow someone as they escape an abuse situation and it will go “hand in hand” with Lacky C’s rap track.
She told the Echo the pair aim to have everything ready to be released during Domestic Abuse Awareness Week in November and the end goal is to sell the song and have proceeds go to families that have been affected by domestic abuse.”
Speaking with the Echo, Lacky C said: “I have made a few awareness rap songs and have done one on bullying and mental health.”
People close to him have suffered domestic violence cases, so he wanted to highlight the issue.
He continued: “I want to use rap in a positive way because so many negative stigmas come from the genre.
“Music has the power to influence people. It’s a powerful tool.”
Pictured, from left to right, are Kellyann Mitchell and Lacky C. Lacky said: “Music does have the power to influence people’s minds. It is a very powerful tool.”