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KILMACANOG­UE na­tive Re­becca Lane has re­leased a char­ity sin­gle ‘Ischa’ to raise money for ‘The Lion Whis­perer’ Kevin Richard­son.

Now liv­ing in the town of Mi­ra­mont de Guenne in ru­ral France, the 18-year-old has been per­form­ing since she was eight, and writ­ing and record­ing mu­sic from the age of 14.

She is self-taught and has won nu­mer­ous singer/song­writer com­pe­ti­tions. As well as singing, Re­becca plays sax, pi­ano, gui­tar, bass and flute.

She recorded her first EP at the age of 16 in Wick­low Town and has just been of­fered a place in a top jazz univer­sity in France.

Re­becca has been singing in choirs and play­ing up to 30 gigs a year with her sis­ter Abi­gail for the past num­ber of years.

She played sax with Span­ish rock band Los Labios in Madrid in 2017 in front of an au­di­ence of 5,000. ‘I was only 15 but it was one of the high­lights of my ca­reer so far,’ said Re­becca.

Ischa has been re­leased on re­bec­ca­lane­mu­sic.com, and the first of two EPs will come out in the sum­mer.

‘I’ve been ap­proached to do pro­grammes like ‘The Voice’ in a num­ber of coun­tries, but I am de­ter­mined to do it my way,’ said Re­becca.

In 2016, the Kevin Richard­son Foundation, a char­ity in South Africa, asked Re­becca to write a song for its so­cial me­dia. ‘Ischa’ was one of three songs. It was writ­ten in hon­our of a lion who passed away last year at the sanc­tu­ary from can­cer.

It is avail­able on Spo­tify, iTunes and Google Play. The prof­its go to the foundation to buy land to save the wildlife in South Africa.

‘It is also used to ed­u­cate the peo­ple liv­ing close to the land so they be­come guardians of the animals and do not hunt and kill them for food, money or fear,’ said Re­becca.

‘I be­lieve in what Kevin Richard­son is say­ing about con­ser­va­tion,’ she said.

‘When I be­gan re­search­ing the is­sues for my song I was shocked that I knew noth­ing about the canned lion in­dus­try and I was de­ter­mined to raise aware­ness of the is­sues,’ she said.

‘If we, today’s youth, don’t stand up and fix the problems, no-one will. We can­not rely on other gen­er­a­tions to fix the problems they cre­ated and they want to leave it to us to deal with.

‘I was hon­oured to be asked to be­come a youth am­bas­sador for the foundation,’ said Re­becca.

‘The more you learn about what is go­ing on in Africa and around the world, the more an­gry and frus­trated you be­come. And I de­cided to try to make a dif­fer­ence.’

Singer and mu­si­cian Re­becca Lane.

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