Sandy Singers has stepped before the microphone one more time.
The executive director of the Partners in Mission Food Bank, and former singer in various bands, including the Soul Survivors, has brought together a group of friends to record Hungry for Christmas, a fundraiser he hopes will fill a few stockings.
And the shelves.
It comes as no surprise that demand at the local food bank is up.
“The challenge,” says Singers, “is keeping food on the shelves.”
That would be the result of a 22 per cent increase in demand over the last two years.
And, while help has come from both the corporate sector as well as local food drivers, “we find we’re buying a lot of food now. We’ve spent about $75,000 purchasing food this past year,” he says. “It’s the new normal.”
More than 800 food hampers go out every month from the Hickson Avenue food bank.
The Hungry for Christmas CD features Singers on a number of holiday tracks, including the title track, which he wrote. Notables in the local music scene are also on board. Sarah Harmer and Luther Wright team up for “White Christmas,” and Emily Fennell and Chris Brown deliver a bluesy “Please be Home for Christmas.” Singers and Kelli Trottier have some fun with “Baby it’s Cold Outside.”
Singers has a family connection with the last track, where he is joined by his daughter Shawna in a reworking of Simon and Garfunkel’s version of “Silent Night” that includes a voice over by newscaster Bill Hutchins.
Musicians include Spencer Evans, Jerry Clancy, Andrew Affleck, Kevin McKolskey, Matt Ray, Andy Thompson, Burke Carroll, Don Reed and Kevin Goss.
Hungry for Christmas costs $15 and is available at both locations of Sunrise Records, Renaissance Music, Cooke’s Fine Foods, Wal-Mart and three RBC branches.