ICONIC Australian singer John Farnham has made a surprise guest appearance at the Queensland Music Festival‘s You’re The Voice concert in Brisbane, taking to the stage in a stand against domestic violence.
Farnham joined QMF‘s Artistic Director Katie Noonan and fellow music legends Kate Ceberano, Eurovision finalist Isaiah and a mass 2500-strong choir on stage to belt out a special version of his iconic hit, ‘You’re The Voice’.
The thrilling and incredibly powerful concert, dedicated to raising awareness of domestic violence, was held at Brisbane’s South Bank Piazza on Saturday.
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John Farnham and manager Glenn Wheatley said they were honoured to be part the initiative.
“We are proud to have ‘You’re the Voice’ associated with such fine talent and such a worthy cause,” the paid said in a statement.
Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence, Shannon Fentiman said the You’re The Voice initiative has shone a light on the issue of domestic and family violence and united thousands of people across the country.
“I thank all involved in You’re The Voice, and this incredible finale, for standing up, making a difference, and for not sitting in silence,” Ms Fentiman said.
“My special thanks to John Farnham for his rousing anthem and for getting behind this extraordinary cause.
“I urge all Queenslanders to continue to use your voice to speak out against domestic and family violence – it has absolutely no place in our community – not now, not ever.”
Ms Fentiman said QMF’s 2017 program had moved, delighted, empowered and connected communities across the state during the month-long music program, with music central to affecting positive change in our community.
“Music is an inspiring way to reach out and address some of the most challenging social issues we are facing together.”
QMF Artistic Director Katie Noonan is passionate about using music to educate, inspire and change the world, as well as helping everyone to find their musical voice.
“I’m so proud of the positive response from the Australian community and music industry in rallying together to support Queensland Music Festival’s You’re The Voice initiative,” Ms Noonan said.
“It is an honour to have John Farnham raise his voice alongside thousands from across the country to sing for change. You’re The Voice is a testament to the power of music being able to make a difference.”
More than 5,000 people, including 135 choirs from Qld, NSW, Victoria, South Australia, the ACT and WA were involved in the initiative, either by singing at Saturday’s event in Brisbane or holding a local event.
In addition to Saturday’s concert, Ms Noonan and the Sony Foundation brought together Australian music stars Archie Roach, Troy Cassar-Daley and Montaigne to join Kate Ceberano and Isaiah to release a charity rendition of Farnham’s ‘You’re The Voice’ on iTunes to raise funds to support young people affected by domestic violence.
Sony Foundation will donate all profits from the sale of the single to DVConnect, which provides 24/7 crisis response in Queensland for those living with domestic or family violence.
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To help raise awareness, QMF is working closely with the Allison Baden-Clay Foundation and the Luke Batty Foundation. Donations can be made at allisonbadenclayfoundation.org.au and lukebattyfoundation.org.au.
For domestic and family violence support call DVConnect: Womensline 1800 811 811 or Mensline 1800 600 636.