Recorded at Abbey Road Studios in support The Invictus Games Foundation
Bon Jovi has released a remarkable version its single “Unbroken” featuring the Invictus Games Choir in support the Invictus Games Foundation.
The special version the Bon Jovi track, re-recorded last month at Abbey Road Studios, is available to buy and stream now. All proceeds will go to the Invictus Games Foundation, which The Duke Sus*** is Patron, in support the recovery and rehabilitation international wounded, injured or sick military personnel.
The video stars Jon Bon Jovi, the Choir and The Duke Sus***, who dropped into the recording session at Abbey Road Studios last month. The Choir and Jon recorded the single together in just two days, and in the video, Jon and the 12 choir members are seen rehearsing and singing together as a glorious group.
The extraordinary project began last summer when Jon Bon Jovi first approached our Patron, The Duke Sus*** with the idea to re-record the track alongside the choir, with all proceeds benefitting real lives the Invictus Games Foundation.
Both Jon Bon Jovi’s parents were in the US Marine Corps, and so he felt close enough to be the storyteller for those who have served. The story has now been brought to life through song with the help the Invictus Games Choir. “Unbroken” was originally created last year as a compelling anthem to shine a spotlight on the thousands veterans living with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. The original track will feature on the upcoming album Bon Jovi 2020.
The song was recorded in Studio 2 at Abbey Road Studios, made famous by The Beatles, who recorded the majority their hit albums there.
The visit brought the world’s focus to the famous recording studios in February as Jon, The Duke Sus*** and two choir members recreated the iconic Beatles’ Abbey Road album cover on the zebra crossing.
The start the music video captures a conversation between The Duke Sus*** and Jon during The Duke’s visit to meet the Choir at Abbey Road Studios last month. The Duke Sus*** says, “With military people, there’s a way being able to talk about the scars war in a positive way. Some suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress, some them suffer from depression, anxiety, but they are stronger for it. Those are the kind ambassadors and role models that we need.”
“Well, I thank you for what you’ve done to bring a light to that,” Bon Jovi shares. “It’s what you’re doing, really. I just got inspired to write a song from it… It’s touching, their desire to serve and what they gave, and what they get out singing.”
“Singing has been a thrill and I’m hanging on to it because some those words are very pertinent to me about the ringing in your ears and… wanting to scream,” adds Andy, Invictus Games Choir member and founder. “After I was blown up, I laid there in the middle the night thinking ‘This has changed my life… no legs, hand injuries… what am I going to do next?’ And who would have thought I would be singing about being blown up. So, this song was very deep in different places for me.”
Caroline, another member the Choir, speaks how she relates to the song, “For me, this song is about the fact that yes I’ve struggled, but I’m not broken. I’m still here and I’m unbroken.”
The Invictus Games Choir, which is managed and delivered by Help for Heroes, is made up wounded, injured and sick veterans and serving personnel from all branches and different ranks the UK Armed Forces, who come together and use the power music to aid their recovery.