Music duo The Beautiful Secret release their first single ‘What’s Inside’ on March 24, with the track also to be their anthem for this year’s World Autism Awareness Week which takes place from March 27 to April 2.
The pair, Rachael Hawnt and Ashley Cutler, will donate all proceeds from the single to The National Autistic Society to raise funds and increase awareness of the condition (which affects around 700,000 in the UK) and the work of the charity.
World Autism Awareness Week is an annual event which encourages involvement from people in many ways, including charity night walks in London, Manchester and Bristol overnight on Saturday April 1. The song was inspired by Rachael’s niece Katie-Rae who has Asperger syndrome, a condition on the autism spectrum, and her views about the way she sees the world are reflected in the lyrics in this haunting, thought-provoking and ultimately uplifting composition.
Rachael said, “My beautiful niece Katie-Rae, who is now 16, has autism and learning difficulties and had many fears and phobias from the get-go. She has struggled with social situations and depression all of her life, but she is still a strong and loving person with a fantastic artistic flare and a big, big heart.”
Rachael and Ash both pursued their own musical careers through their teens and beyond before hooking up after recommendations from friends, they worked on a musical together and continued their musical partnership, with session work and songwriting for others, before deciding in 2013 to record some of their work themselves under the name The Beautiful Secret. They have played festival dates alongside the likes of Sir Ray Davies and Noel Gallagher.
‘What’s Inside’ is released on March 24, with the album The Beautiful Secret to follow on April 7. Further information about WAAW is available at autism.org.uk/get-involved/world-autism-awareness-week.aspx
Artist: The Beautiful Secret
Single name: What's Inside
Single Release: March 24th 2017
Album Release: April 7 2017