Rugby woman releases single despite injury

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A Rugby singer-songwriter has recorded a single after having her vocal chords badly damaged during surgery 14 years ago.

Charlotte Deaves, 31, has released her debut single God Is Near (Even Though) thanks to the help of Rugby musicians and some perseverance – as at one point she was unable to speak due to the injury.

She said: “Over two years of building up my vocals I have finally had the chance to step into a new chapter in my life and record a worship song. This has been my passion and vision for more than 14 years.

“Damage to my vocals chords caused during heart surgery in 1999 has delayed my progress, but after all these years I now have an opportunity to give something back to God. He has certainly helped through these hard times.”

The single was recorded by locally-based Matt Cotterill at the Flipside studios in Coventry, with the support of Rugby musicians Phil Larrassey and Beth Tysall of Morningstar, James Herring, Nathan Morris and Simon Cotton. She has agreed to work with Rugby-based videographer Jamie Gray to make a music video, while Bilton-based photographer Louise Manning took the photos.

Charlotte added: “I made this recording with the encouragement of my vocal coach, Beth Tysall. My life feels very complicated sometimes with my health problems – I often wonder if people really understand, and this song came from those questions and thoughts.

“Recording was an incredible experience, and I’m delighted with the finished sound. It is hard to believe that at one point I could hardly talk, but now I have a track on iTunes under my own name. Putting a great track together is so much more than singing in a studio.”

God Is Near (Even Though) is available from Sunday on iTunes and from Rugby Christian Bookshop, or from