Three top Scottish creatives Natalie Garry owner of danceSing, graphic designer and filmmaker Bill Bruce, and musician Greig Taylor have joined forces to raise awareness of the positive mental health benefits of singing and #Dancing. They are aiming their collaboration particularly at people who have, or are suffering from, mental illness. It is a project that is very close to their hearts.

Together, the trio has created a unique and uplifting version of the #Bruce Springsteen classic Dancing In The Dark. The track was recorded at The Tolbooth Recording Studios in Stirling recorded and mixed by Mark Lough and mastered at London’s prestigious Abbey Road studios by Miles Showell.

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It is performed by soloist Greig Taylor, with backing vocals provided by the danceSing choir. All proceeds from the single will be donated to SAMH - the Scottish Association for Mental Health.

Single will be unveiled on October 8th.

The single will be unveiled on Sunday 8th October during an evening of entertainment which will also feature performances from Jo Jo Sutherland, Scott Ashworth, Carrie Mac, St. Andrews Sisters and Dave Anderson at Glasgow’s Òran Mór. Tickets are available now and priced £12, from ticket outlet Fatsoma or the official danceSing website.

Jo Anderson, Director of External Affairs at SAMH said, “We are delighted to receive donations from the sale of this single."

“At SAMH we know how a mental health problem can affect everything. It can have the most profound impact on our relationships, our work, our wellbeing and our quality of life."

“This money will help SAMH raise awareness, promote good mental health and support those in Scotland affected by mental ill health.”

Mental illness a major health challenge in Scotland

Only last year it was revealed that mental illness was one of the major health challenges facing Scotland.

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It was estimated that one in three people were affected by a mental health problem every year, in particular, anxiety and depression.

It was also revealed that one in eight Scots take antidepressants on a daily basis and it seems the numbers are on the rise as more and more people as accessing the treatment because nowadays there is less stigma attached to mental illnesses. Also, an ageing population has led to an increase in the number of people suffering from dementia and deaths from the disease have doubled in Scotland over the past decade.

By helping to raise awareness of mental health, we can all bring some light into the dark.

"Dancing In The Dark" is available now to pre-order on iTunes now.