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Sing star Craig David supports Daily Echo campaign to help Southampton Oxfam music store
11:22am Monday 7th October 2013 in News
HE was born to do it.
The 32-year-old backed the campaign to help Oxfam Music Southampton get back on its feet by handing over copies of his best-selling debut album Born to Do It and the signed collection.
The former Bellemoor School pupil, to be honoured with a plaque as part of Southampton’s Black History Month, has sold more than 13 million records worldwide and will have a plaque unveiled in his honour in the city, as reported in yesterday’s Daily Echo.
Albums from artists represented by his management team – Twenty First Artists – were also presented to the East Street store, including Karen Mok, Leanne Mitchell, and Angel.
As reported, the store launched a Daily Echo-backed campaign calling on the public’s help for donations after the store was raided by thieves at the end of August.
They fled with thousands of pounds worth of records, cash, and computers containing vital databases.
But the Southampton community has rallied together in the face of crime and donated vinyl, CDs, and music memorabilia to restock the charity.
A benefit night was held at The Joiners in St Mary’s Street, where a donation bin was also set up.
Stars Alt-J, whose guitarist Joe Newman comes from the city, and Frank Turner, who grew up in Hampshire, pledged records to the shop.
Store manager Rob Milner said: “It’s really cool. It’s incredible someone like Craig David has donated this. Anybody who is connected to the city, whether it’s your parents or grandparents, will know who Craig David is.
“He is an icon of that era and that style of music.
“He grew up round the corner on the Holyrood estate too.”
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