Coinciding with the start of their forthcoming U.K. concert tour, QUEEN guitarist Brian May and acclaimed singing star Kerry Ellis will release a new single, their version of “Born Free”, the Oscar-winning song written for the 1966 film.
The single is being released to support the work of the Born Free Foundation, the global organization which works to protect and conserve threatened species.
The single was recorded by Brian and Kerry, having seen the work of the foundation at the Shamwari game reserve and rescue centre in South Africa’s Eastern Cape, and for their version, writer Don Black has specially rewritten some of the song’s original lyrics for Brian and Kerry.
Available in three formats, the single is a digital-only release and will be issued on Monday, November 5, the day May and Kerry Ellis start their 11-date “Born Free” tour with a concert at The Apex in Bury St. Edmunds.
In a departure from their more recent rock shows, the tour sees May and Kerry Ellis present a unique series of intimate and totally acoustic shows performed under candlelight.
The two will perform a new collection of their own personal favourite songs as well as new arrangements of some of those they have previously performed in concert and recorded together, sung by Kerry with Brian accompanying her on both guitar and vocals.
Having recorded both a large-scale production version and an acoustic version of “Born Free”, Brian and Kerry will release both versions, with all proceeds going to the Foundation. A third version will also include a video filmed during their South African visit.
The “Born Free” single and concert tour is the latest collaboration for Brian and Kerry following their “Anthems” album released in 2010 which Brian produced and wrote news songs for, and their highly successful series of “Anthems” concerts last year. More recently the pair performed at Sunflower Jam 2012 at the Royal Albert Hall as well as Italy’s San Remo song festival.