Taylor Swift’s newest album Lover has a pretty significant Canadian connection.
In Swift’s song “It’s Nice To Have A Friend”, Toronto’s Regent Park School of Music is sampled and produced by Toronto’s Frank Dukes along with Louis Bell and Swift.
The choir sings backup and plays instruments in the song. The original sample is called “Summer In The South” from the album Parkscapes.
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The song is available through Dukes’ Kingsway Music Library.
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A big thanks goes to @chrana and @eljay_ii for making this come to life. “Parkscapes” is a collaboration between Kingsway Music Library and the Regent Park School of Music and it’s the first music library of its kind. Every time you download or license it, proceeds go towards funding the Regent Park School of Music and inspiring kids through music education. Composed entirely by @frankdukes and performed entirely by @regentparkmusic students. Download it at http://parkscapes.ca and transform a sample into much more than a beat
Speaking to ET Canada, a spokesperson for the school called the chance to be on one of Swift’s songs “a dream come true.”
“Collaborating with one of today’s finest producers has allowed our students to soar to new levels and now one of those samples is on Track 17 ‘It’s Nice to Have a Friend’ on Taylor Swift’s new album Lover,” the statement continued. “Words can’t describe how thrilled we are. It’s absolutely invigorating. It’s also raising awareness and funds for the Regent Park School of Music, which provides musical education to children in Toronto’s high-priority neighbourhoods. The royalties received from the use of our sample in the Taylor Swift song will help fund musical education, and for that we are truly grateful.”
The students used a collection of instruments including a steel pan, harp, organ, vocals, strings and horns.
Regent Park School is a community school that removes “the financial obstacle” so as many children as possible can obtain a musical education. The proceeds from the sale of the song and any future royalties will sustain the program.
You can listen to “It’s Nice To Have A Friend” in the video above.