Scottish singer-songwriter Sharon Martin has penned a track for Scotland’s top women’s football team, Glasgow City FC.
The song has been recorded to raise funds for the team as they embark on their UEFA Women’s Champions League campaign which begins in August, with City 1st seeds in their qualifying group – an amazing feat for an amateur side, which will be competing against the most elite teams of Europe.
Martin was a player for City when the club was first established in 1998 and was pleased to help out her old team.
“I have a lot of fond memories of playing for Glasgow City and it is really inspiring to all Scots out there to see a team from Glasgow reach the highest level of European football, funded entirely by players and fans,” Martin said.
“As a singer-songwriter, it was a compliment to be asked to write a song to help raise funds but also to help inspire the team. The players and coaches put in so much time training and playing and are so committed to the cause, I thought that a song that reflected this passion would be apt.”
The original plan was for Sharon and her band to headline a gig taking place in October to help raise funds, but the addition of a single to the activity has been an exciting development.
Martin explains: “We were putting the final touches to a line-up of artists for a fundraiser gig to take place in October for the club and the topic of a song came up. Now here we are 2 weeks later with a final track ready to go.”
Martin has recently been working with LA and UK based producers on finishing recording her own material as well as fronting Grammy winning record producer Stephen Lironi’s electro disco outfit ‘Flesh’, but was happy to take time out to spend on the song, titled ‘City of Dreams’.
She collaborated with Paul Reece, a Scottish producer-songwriter and also guitarist in her band, who created the music with Martin penning the lyrics.
‘City of Dreams’ will be available to download from 5th August and features an acoustic version of the track as a B-side.
Glasgow City head to Subotica on Tuesday August 9th, ahead of games against the champions of Serbia, Malta, and the Faroe Islands.
The Scottish champions open their campaign against Spartak at the Gradski Stadion on August 11th, before taking on Maltese champions Mosta two days later, with their final game against Faroe Islands champions Klaksvik on August 16th at Backa, with only the top-finishing team guaranteed to progress to the knock-out stage of the competition.
Here’s a sample of the single, but you are encouraged to get to iTunes and download it, and tell everyone about it on Facebook, Twitter, and anywhere else you can think of. Tell the world, and get them to download it. It’s already at #30 on the iTunes download charts!