Here's a question for you: what can be better than a music video with real meaning and passion behind it? The answer is a music video that supports a great cause every time it's watched.
The video I'm referring to is Warner Newman's visual accompaniment to his debut track "Runaway", which, for every view it receives, gives a donation to the UK Women's Aid charity and their ‘Child First’ campaign, which helps kids cope with the horrors, emotional and physical effects of domestic abuse.
The shocking reality is that, every nine seconds, a woman experiences abuse from her partner in the United States, with a quarter of women world-wide subject to domestic violence.
A victim of domestic violence himself, Warner spent his entire childhood fighting for his life, watching his mother be abused by her partner. He reached his breaking point when his step-father reached for a gun and aimed it him when he was a teenager, at which point he fled and has never gone back.
He found both strength and comfort in music and believes it to be what ultimately saved him saying:
“Music is my church, my God, my best friend…..it made me want to make me try in life. It was the one thing that made me strong again."
Women's Aid dedicates every moment of its time to offering life-saving help and advice to abused women and children, working tirelessly to ensure each and every cry for help is heard and that the needs of survivors are listened to and met. "Runaway" was written in the hope of bringing the issue of domestic violence into the media spotlight, and Warner, like many others, is a survivor, determined to do whatever he can to expose the horror that is domestic violence in the hope others will join him in the fight to stop it.
Record of the Day have already championed the track, saying:
“’Runaway’ has echoes of ‘See You Again’ by Charlie Puth & Wiz Khalif. Gritty vocals juxtaposed with the hopeful female chorus hook create a stunning song that’ll stay with you long after its first play.”
"Runaway" is available on October 28th, but, in the meantime, please watch this video, share it with everyone you know and help Warner make a difference to the lives of the thousands upon thousands of people around the world who desperately need help.
If you or anyone you know is in need of support or advice, please visit the Women's Aid website.