Singer-songwriter Alexander Joseph, 34, from Ashby-de-la-Zouch, has written a lovely tribute to Elena ‘Bally’ Baltacha, one of the founders of Learn Play Grow.
Alex knew Bally from his time playing on the junior tennis circuit, and he remembers her fondly. He has created a touching tribute song and plans to donate 50% of the proceeds from the sale to the Elena Baltacha Foundation.
Alex was inspired to create a lasting tribute to Bally after seeing a news bulletin about her foundation, created to give children who might not have had the opportunity to take part in sport a chance to play and love tennis.
See a short clip of the song here:
“When I saw that news bulletin, I just knew that I wanted to write a song about Bally.” Alex told us.
“It was an easy track to write as it came from the heart – I already knew her inspirational story and I wanted to pay my respects and highlight her achievements as well as help to keep her amazing legacy alive.
“The melody and music of ‘Never Gone’ just seemed to come together effortlessly – of all the songs I’ve written, this is the one I feel the most emotional connection to because of my memories of Bally – and any organisation that helps to enrich lives through tennis is a no-brainer to support”
We’re getting behind the song at Learn Play Grow too. Bally was the driving force and reason for Learn Play Grow and her foundation is something that we all hold dear. Nino Severino explains;
“When I heard Alex’s moving tribute to my late wife Elena, I knew that the Foundation and I just had to get behind it. The song reminds me of Bally’s kind nature and everything she meant to so many people.
“Bally will never be gone all the time that her work and legacy are carried on through the Elena Baltacha Foundation, and tributes like this will help keep her memory alive so that we can carry on with the fantastic work she started before she lost her fight to liver cancer in 2014. Please support the Foundation and download the single!”
‘Never Gone’ will be available to download from iTunes and all major music download outlets from Monday 3rd July.