Teenager releases album of hope

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by Greta Yeoman

Daffodil Day will mark the launch of Caitlin Bradley’s album Call It Hope.

The year 13 Roncalli College pupil’s Young Enterprise Scheme project will be completed with the release of her five-track record on August 31.

The record includes guest vocals from Exponents frontman Jordan Luck, The Crocodiles’ Rikki Morris, pop artist Jamie McDell and Waimate country musician Kaylee Bell, who each chose a track to record.

Bradley described the 10-hour day recording at The Lab in Auckland last month as an “incredible experience”.

“Recording went really, really well.”

She wrote all the songs on the album and each musician picked one.

“They added their own flavour to it.”

McDell chose title track Call It Hope, while Luck sang on New Shade, Bell picked Round The Bend and Morris, who also took on a production role for the record, chose Stronger Together.

Kiwi pop musician Jamie McDell took part in Caitlin Bradley’s album

Bradley then sang the final song Shells, which includes some backing vocals from her mother, Timaru itinerant music teacher Sheryl Bradley.

“That was pretty special.”

Bradley described the recording process as a “pretty surreal experience” as she listened to some of New Zealand’s big names in the music industry recording her songs.

The album is her Young Enterprise Scheme project, which encourages high school pupils from across New Zealand to create, pitch and develop a business idea as part of their schoolwork.

The album is a partnership with the Cancer Society.

Bradley’s grandmother died from cancer earlier this year.

Jordan Luck (front) of the Jordan Luck Band and the Dance Exponents recorded a song for Caitlin Bradley’s upcoming album

Bradley would launch the album at Street Food Kitchen on Friday, August 31 and would have copies for sale at the launch evening.

“I’ll [also] sing a few songs.”

She had initially printed 500 copies of the record, which includes a booklet with lyrics and messages of hope from cancer survivors and the musicians involved.

The album could be pre-ordered through PledgeMe before August 31 or copies could be bought at the launch event, Bradley said.