In mid-2012, a young singer uploaded a song about losing her father in a car accident onto YouTube. It became a viral hit with those grieving their own loss, and after exposure on Smooth Radio, it suddenly became THE song to play at funerals.
"Jealous of the angels", sung by 27 year old American singer Jenn Bostic, has turned the singer into a kind of agony aunt, reports The Telegraph; "“I spend a lot of time on social media and it’s an honour that people tell me their personal stories, so it’s also important to answer back."
Other artists might be concerned over being so associated with grief - not Bostic, it appears. "As a new artist it doesn’t worry me that fans are relating to this one song, because they’re connecting with me personally. I wish I’d written the song in time to play it at my dad’s funeral. I didn’t – I was too young – but I have so many emails telling me that’s where people initially heard it – at a funeral. If someone gains comfort and healing through it, well, that’s why I’m doing this.”
At Singers for Funerals, we often sing in a service where recorded favourite songs are also played particularly as people leave the church or crematorium. It gives a lovely combination of live singing and favourite artists performing the songs that (usually) made them famous.
And the most requested 'classic' song of all? Ol' Blue Eyes and "My Way".
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