Soldier On – Download Day 040414

Posted 29th December 2013 by Sandi in Event Archive

The Big Secret Sound ft Andrew James released their second single ‘Soldier On’ on the 9th February 2014, the 3rd anniversary of Conrad’s loss. All proceeds to 353..’s charities. In memory of Conrad but honouring all those lost in conflicts, but especially the 447 lost in Afghanistan. The Big Secret Sound Ft Andrew James is hoping to engage all those people that are in conflict, have been in conflict and the general public both here and abroad who continue to support our boys and girls for their dedication to protecting our Nation. Tony Lewis said

“ I am overwhelmed and humbled by the support shown to us at 353… by The Big Secret Sound, I understand that all we need is 7500 downloads and Soldier On would make the Top 40, that would raise much needed funds for the charity and help to recognise all our brave troops whether in the Army, Navy, Air Force or any of our serving Forces around the world. On behalf of 353 trust, my family and all the soldiers around the world I would like to thank Andrew James and Chris Onslow for giving their creativity, time and commitment to produce such a breathtaking song. I know Conrad would download it if he could.” Tony Lewis

Keep Calm and Soldier On, Big Download Day

The Big Secret Sound featuring Andrew James released a single Soldier On in February 2014. Soldier On was written to commemorate the death f Conrad Lewis, a paratrooper and the 353rd service man to be killed whilst on service three years ago in Afghanistan, it also remembers the 447 service men and women who have lost their lives during the Afghan conflict

During early February the single was promoted by the band on radio and within schools and colleges which culminated in the single rising to no 91 in the charts, making national press – The Sun, Mirror and Sunday Telegraph and coverage on BBC1 The One Show.

During the promotion week, after an audience with The Big Secret Sound, Cameron, Courtney, Ellie and Claudia, students from Myton School in Warwick felt so moved by what they heard that they felt compelled to do more than just download the song. They wanted to use it as an opportunity to give young people the opportunity to support these causes and show their respect to service men and women across the world.

In their words ‘We realised that we couldn’t just move on from this and forget about it, there was too much emotion and feeling for that’. The result was that over the half term break they devised a plan and contacted Chris Onslow, the songs lyricist to ask him if they could work with The Big Secret Sound and embark on a unique and exciting way to raise awareness and provide much needed funds to military charities.

In particular the young people wanted to galvanise support amongst their own peer group by creating a campaign that appealed to likeminded people their own age. During the latter part of February the student and The Big Secret Sound worked on several ideas and decided upon a “Record Breaking Download Day”.

The students from Myton School sought support from their Head Master to have a download day in their school. Other local schools getting downloading are North Leamington and Alcester Grammar, However there aim is more ambitious, they want to engage and motivate their peers throughout the UK to join their drive for a record breaking Keep Calm and Soldier On Download Day which will take in place in schools and colleges on April 4th 2014.

We would like to ask you to support the event, spread the word and create a record breaking download day. The campaign has now started with a Keep Calm and Soldier On download Day page on Facebook, students are asking other students to use the model developed at Myton. The big idea is that 4th April will see schools around the country united in the cause, downloading Soldier On and remembering the 447 servicemen who have given their lives.



 Thanks to Martin and Stratford TV for all the support for “Soldier on”.

Preview the single on YouTube.

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The Big Secret Sound


Expected Release: 2014



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