Bedrid­den ME singer beats Tay­lor Swift to chart glory

Daily Express - - NEWS - By Tom Hitchenor ●

A BEDRID­DEN singer has de­fied the odds to re­lease a chart-top­ping de­but al­bum.

Kara Jane Spencer, 29, was di­ag­nosed with the fa­tigue con­di­tion chronic myal­gic en­cephalomye­li­tis (ME) when she was just 16, leav­ing her un­able to walk.

But de­spite need­ing full-time nurs­ing care Kara never gave up on her dream of pur­su­ing a singing ca­reer and be­gan record­ing from her bed.

After two years of hard work Kara re­leased her de­but al­bum, It’s Still M.E, last week, which has shot to num­ber two in the UK Ama­zon Best Sellers chart ahead of Tay­lor Swift and The Killers.

In May Kara asked for help to com­plete the al­bum and more than 100 mu­si­cians and pro­duc­ers stepped up to turn her recorded vo­cals into tracks.

Kara, of Shire­brook, Der­bys, hopes the al­bum will raise £100,000 for the ME As­so­ci­a­tion.

She said: “I feel in­cred­u­lous. It has just gone ‘boom’. I still feel like I am in a dream state. It’s not some­thing that hap­pens to nor­mal peo­ple. I know that there’s money go­ing to the char­ity with ev­ery sale. It will be go­ing to­wards post-mortem re­search.”

Kara, who was struck down with ME after los­ing the abil­ity to walk when she was still at school, said: “Un­til then, I was healthy and ac­tive, ‘loud, crazy and al­ways laugh­ing’ in the words of my sis­ter.

“My con­di­tion steadily de­te­rio

Recorded from her sickbed... singer and ME suf­ferer Kara puts to­gether songs for her fundrais­ing al­bum

rated un­til seven years ago I be­came com­pletely bedrid­den. When­ever I do some­thing there’s al­ways a cost or pay­back and I might be in pain.

“The other day I was do­ing too much and I had par­tial paral­y­sis from the head down. My car­ers have to move my head and arms into a bet­ter po­si­tion.

“Lit­er­ally to­tally paral­ysed, able to swal­low as well.”

Singing has al­ways been not

Kara’s pas­sion and in 2018 she started writ­ing the al­bum songs while in a hos­pi­tal bed.

She said: “We’re all singers in our fam­ily, we are like the von Trapps, so I didn’t feel unique or spe­cial.

“Some­times it’s a line at a time, some­times it’s a verse. I would have to then stop the record­ing for a lit­tle bit and go again.”

And Kara re­vealed: “Songs came to me be­cause I had loved and lost.

“That’s very poignant in my life be­cause me and my love, we still love each other but we just can’t be to­gether. He is dis­abled and I am very dis­abled so there’s no life we could have to­gether.

“It’s not just an al­bum just about a poorly girl, it’s some­thing a lot of peo­ple have re­lated to.”

Tony Brit­ton of the MEAs­so­ci­a­tion said: “It was a real labour of love.

“Huge thanks to Kara, who is help­ing drive our fund­ing of bio­med­i­cal re­search into this hor­rific and much un­der­rated dis­ease to the next level.”

For more in­for­ma­tion on Kara’s mu­sic visit https://kara­janesings. com

is sell­ing the CD. He said last night: “My brother put it in a drawer and for­got about it.

“At the time Ed Sheeran was just this wee, gin­ger-haired busker and he thought noth­ing of it.”

The star, now worth more than £200mil­lion, has said he wrote the songs after his first love left him heart­bro­ken.

He said: “I burned the CDs my­self and made the cov­ers.There were 14 songs, and they were all songs that rhymed.

“Most were about a girl called Claire. She was my first love when I was 13.”

Kevin said: “I was shocked by how good he was on the elec­tric gui­tar. It does sound like Eric Clap­ton at mo­ments.”

Omega Auc­tions, of New­ton-le-Wil­lows, Mersey­side, will sell the CD on Septem­ber 8.

Pic­ture: SWNS

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