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KT Tunstall, James Morrison, The Overtones, and Sophie Ellis-Bextor are among the big names to have recorded a unique collection of original tracks and inspirational covers for Songs to Save a Life – a new charity album in aid of Samaritans.

The 11-track album will be available for download from October 3 and includes uplifting songs from a mix of established acts and newcomers.

The album feature…s new music from Ed Harcourt, Lucie Silvas, Jon Allen, Graham Gouldman of 10cc, Katie Kim, Jay James Picton, and Queen Orlenes, as well as the aforementioned KT Tunstall, James Morrison, The Overtones and Sophie Ellis-Bextor.

Like Samaritans, music can play an important role in helping make a connection and give strength to people struggling to cope. Each artist donated their time because they felt very close to the cause, choosing songs of significant meaning.

KT Tunstall, multi-platinum singer and songwriter, on recording the album: “I've always had huge admiration for Samaritans; their existence is so vital to aid those in desperate need of someone to talk to. And music too can be a route out of places too dark to stay."

Catherine Johnstone, Samaritans Chief Executive, on the album itself: ”All the profits from the album will fund our essential 24-hour helpline service to support anyone feeling suicidal or with nowhere else to turn. We’re extremely grateful to all the artists and to the Songs to Save a Life production team for helping to make it happen. By buying this album, you could help us to save lives.”

Pre-order the album from August 8 on the Songs to Save a Life website (www.songstosavealife.com) or the Samaritans website (www.samaritans.org) and from iTunes, Amazon, Play and many others shortly afterwards, before its download-only release on October 3.

The Songs to Save a Life album was named after the production company behind the project. Two music-industry experts, Richard Cardwell, musician/producer and musical director for artists including James Morrison, Annie Lennox and Will Young, and Phil Armorgie, who has 20 years experience in the music industry, approached the Samaritans out of a desire to ‘put something back’ from an industry that had served them both well over the years and their mutual respect for such an incredible organisation.

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