A CHARITY SINGLE
KILMACANOGUE NATIVE REBECCA LANE HAS JUST RELEASED A CHARITY SINGLE CALLED ‘ISCHA’. MARY FOGARTY REPORTS
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.