Scottish singer Emeli Sande is backing a campaign to raise $32,000 to build a new music therapy center in her hometown.
The Next to Me hitmaker has thrown her support behind a plan by the Nordoff-Robbins charity to launch a facility in Aberdeen, Scotland to use music to help those affected by conditions such as autism and dementia.
In a statement posted on the Nordoff Robbins website, the singer writes, "Music is unbelievably powerful. It crosses barriers, opens the mind, moves the body and stirs the soul. It changes lives. You can therefore imagine how delighted I am to hear that Nordoff-Robbins Scotland is hoping to set up a new service in my home city of Aberdeen.
"Hundreds of children and adults in the North-East are living with serious health conditions which make every day a new challenge. I know that Nordoff-Robbins Scotland could make a huge difference to their lives. To establish a new music therapy service in Aberdeen we need to raise £20,000. Can you help us to make this dream a reality?"