She Sings event celebrating female musicians hosted by Getaway Girls and JoJo Kelly from Capital FM

A free and inclusive event is being held in celebration of female artists and musicians.

Saturday, 20th March 2021, 6:00 am

The event, which has been organised by charity Getaway Girls and will be hosted by Capital's Jojo Kelly, will be hosted virtually.

Artists include Georgia Copeland, OneDa, FiFi Sophire, Fabienne, Lara Rose, Pariss Elektra, Bianca Gerald, Skinner, Henna, and Denise Pearson from Five Star.

There will also be a first look at a brand new song written all about Getaway Girls, a Harehills-based charity that empowers girls and young women aged 11 to 25.

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Artists rehearsing for the SheSings event hosted by Getaway Girls and Jojo Kelly from Capital FM. Copyright: Toolsie Photography

The song was written by Christella Litras and Rob Green, performed by Tila and Tavelah, who were previously on The Voice UK.

A Getaway Girls spokeswoman said: "She Sings is a celebration of womxn singers, artists and musicians, organised by Leeds-based charity, Getaway Girls.

"The initial idea for She Sings came about as a chance to do something uplifting for young womxn to enjoy that may be struggling with the current lockdown situation.

"Music is a powerful tool which Getaway Girls has utilised over the years, through their work with Paulette Morris and Christella Litras, allowing the girls to have a creative outlet."

The SheSings event will take place on Saturday, March from 6pm - 7.45pm.

Free tickets can be booked on the EventBtrite page.

The event comes after the success of Getaway Girls' previous virtual event for International Women’s Day event on Sunday, March 7.

During the event, the girls and young women shared their experiences of lockdown as part of the charity's ongoing HerStory in the Marking project.

Also though the project the group has produced a book, a digital exhibition, postcards and a short film.

The young women wrote deeply moving, inspiring and uplifting content about their lives, what’s important to them and hopes for the future, and with the support of development worker, Paulette Morris, and digital storyteller, Maya Choudry, learnt various art forms through which they could express their stories.

Life size silhouettes were also produced and doorstep photos taken by photographer, Sam Toolsie, to create a digital exhibition, all of which will be available to access through a unique QR code.

The exhibition will also be housed in Leeds City Museum once it reopens for the public to visit.

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The project was funded by The National Lottery Emerging Futures fund, which aimed to help communities move towards renewal and recovery after Covid-19.

Commenting on the project, Kadish Morris, commissioning editor at The Observer and supporter of Getaway Girls said: "Real life stories of strength and resilience from young women in an extraordinary time are more than valuable.

"Writing is a powerful tool that transcends circumstances, elevates thinking and burns down prejudices.

"It's vital for future generations to hear our stories of how we lived and how we survived.”

Rhianna Edmeade, young woman involved in the project, said: “Herstory in the Making has been like a breath of fresh air that has given me chance to reflect on a crazy year and work with lots of creative young women.”