Natasha standing up against bullying rather than just standing by
Natasha Young and the song Gold are changing the lives of young people across the country.
Natasha, a St. Augustine’s School student, released a full, ballad version of Spandau Ballet’s classic 1980s hit last month and recently received a letter revealing the vocals had already helped another girl through some rough times. The girl, according to her family, was walking around the house singing Gold and smiling after not having had much to smile about.
With this positive impact on another child in mind, Natasha will be donating a portion of all proceeds of Gold to the Kids Help Phone, which provides free, confidential counselling to young people ages five to 20, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
“Anti-bullying is an issue that is very near and dear to Natasha,” said her mom Sheila. “She is hoping more people will start standing up against bullying rather than just standing by.”
Natasha’s Gold was recorded with the assistance of studio engineer Trevor Titian and pianist Carl Holt at Ray Lyell’s Academy of the Arts in Hamilton.
The youngster’s pure and innocent singing voice first garnered attention in 2011, shortly after Natasha signed with a Toronto agent. The pint-sized aspiring actress was primarily looking for acting roles, but just for fun participated in an open audition for singing. Natasha’s voice was eventually featured as the lead in two Proctor and Gamble commercials that aired during the 2012 Winter Olympics.
“Ironically, Natasha doesn’t consider herself a singer,” said Sheila. “She is really just hoping to help inspire other kids to hang in there if they’re going through rough times and that there is support available at Kids Help Phone whenever problems seem too difficult to handle.”
To listen to Natasha’s rendition of Gold — and make a donation to Kids Help Phone — click here.