Mariah Carey

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    Video caption: The man behind Mariah Carey's All I Want For Christmas Is You

    Walter Afanasieff co-wrote and produced Mariah Carey's festive classic, which has hit UK number one after 26 years.

  2. Mariah Carey gives blessing for NHS cover of her song

    Mariam Issimdar

    BBC News

    Members of Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS staff choir have created their own recording of Mariah Carey's 'Anytime You Need a Friend' in support of the NHS.

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    Singer Mariah Carey said the cover of her song for the NHS "brought tears to my eyes".

    The single is the creation Breathe Harmony members who "met" through weekly virtual rehearsals, submitting individual home recordings on their mobile phones, to create a message of solidarity.

    They were joined by singers of charity MyCool Music Foundation whose musical director Mike King produced the recording.

    "Singing is not only fantastic for physical and mental health and wellbeing but it brings people together," said Mr King.

    Guy’s and St Thomas’ nurse and Breathe Harmony choir member, Stella Gay, said: “In such a horrible time, this was an escape and a time to be me again. To be able to forget everything, even for a few minutes, with people who understand what we are facing. It recharges your batteries and reminds me that I’m not alone.”

    Breathe Harmony was established in 2017 to give Guy’s and St Thomas’ staff a creative outlet to help combat stress, promote health and wellbeing through singing and to create a sense of community amongst NHS colleagues.

    Proceeds from the sale of the song which is officially released tomorrow will go to NHS charities.