Amy releases charity single in memory of her Auntie

A South Lanarkshire music student hopes to raise awareness of the emotional impact of MND on families in new charity single.

Posted : 19/04/2017

Uddingston singer-songwriter Amy Shields has produced a two-track charity single to support MND Scotland and increase awareness of the emotional impact Motor Neurone Disease can have on families.

The 4th year Commercial Music student released ‘Fragmented Perception’ on Friday 14th April, which is written as a letter to her auntie Sandra Russell, who lost her life to MND.

The title is influenced by the ways in which MND can cause speech deterioration, as often in this case, communication between loved ones can become difficult. In her music Amy describes this as a ‘fragmentation’ in the thoughts and feelings of her auntie and her ability to be heard.

Normally inspired by emotional life events in her music, Amy hopes that her new single encapsulates the feeling of being physically and mentally trapped by an illness, in a track she describes as ‘atmospheric’ in nature.

“The song really tells story about my aunty, the video is filmed in Burntisland, a place that she really loved. The purpose of it is really to raise awareness, to highlight the fact that you do feel trapped and people don’t realise what’s going on in your head, so it’s based on perception.

Everything still in your mind, MND doesn’t affect the way you think, which is probably one of the most infuriating things.”

Given that Sandra lost her speech quickly after being diagnosed with MND, Amy sought to use music to express her own perceptions of her thoughts and feelings through the music and explore how the condition can emotionally affect people with MND.

Amy decided to create a music video for ‘Fragmented Perception’ - shot in Burntisland, one of her auntie’s favourite places.

Amy has been receiving a positive response from the single, which is available to buy on iTunes, or stream on Apple Music and Spotify.

“The response has been 100% positive, really good, it’s not just been supporters of MND Scotland, but everyone who knew my aunty and people who didn’t are enjoying it.”

All proceeds, including royalties for the single, will be donated to MND Scotland to help fund care, equipment, research and support for people with Motor Neurone Disease. 

Alongside her single Amy is fundraising on Just Giving in memory of her auntie Sandra. 


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“Everything still in your mind, MND doesn’t affect the way you think, which is probably one of the most infuriating things.”

Amy Shields

Amy Shields

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