Northampton songwriter teams up with Craig David to help write official Children in Need single

Rachel Furner, of Gayton
Rachel Furner, of Gayton

A Northampton songwriter, who was signed to a publishing label when she was 15 years old, has co-written this year’s Children in Need single alongside Craig David.

Rachel Furner, now 24, of Gayton, shot to success this year with the hit ‘Secret Love Song,’ which was released by former X-Factor winners, Little Mix. She has now been told that the song she has helped to write with the R&B star, Craig David, is set to raise thousands of pounds for the BBC’s annual appeal.

Miss Furner told the Chronicle & Echo that David was “super spiritual and amazing” and the pair wanted to make listeners aware that they “should love for now” on the track titled, ‘All We Needed’.

The songwriter said: “Craig and I have worked together for years before his big comeback, it’s been really organic, he is an amazing songwriter. Craig sings ‘All We Needed’ incredibly well - it fits with what Children in Need were looking for.

“Helping a charity such as Children in Need to give back in that way is amazing. Craig’s help will hopefully get as much money as possible.”

The former Northampton School for Girls pupil, who has always loved music, playing the piano and writing, wrote both songs in 30 minutes.

She adds: “Both of these songs, including the Little Mix song just happened. I wrote them in 30 minutes, there was no stress behind them, they just happened.

“Secret Love Song meant a lot to me. I was in a relationship and wrote the song about why couldn’t I be with this person. Three years later, Little Mix was singing it.”