Pop Artist Emmanuel Kelly, Australia’s X-Factor Sensation, Releases New Music Video
“Never Alone” Produced by Kunal Sood Featuring Demi Lovato, Terrance Howard and Chris Martin
The music video is designed to promote inclusion as well as diversity and will, in tandem, launch the #NeverAlone and #NeverAloneChallenge, which is a challenge of authenticity, in an age of losing the drive to love ourselves is prevalent.
Emmanuel Kelly, the Australian X-Factor sensation, is releasing his first music video for his song “Never Alone” on Thursday, April 9, 2020. Kelly has entertained close to 1 billion people worldwide after his rendition of the song “Imagine” by John Lennon on the Australian X-Factor show went viral. From there he has gone on to perform at other iconic platforms such as the United Nations.
A-List Celebrities featured in the video are Demi Lovato, Chris Martin, Emmanuel’s two-time Para Olympian and World Champ Gold medalist brother Ahmed Kelly, Terrance Howard, JK Simmons, Elizabeth Moss, Jean Claude Van Dame and his son Kris, Pia Toscano, Royce da 5’9, Vanness Wu, Brian Grazer and his wife Veronica and nephew Jack Grazer as well as social impact influencers Kunal Sood, Rachel Gerrol, Dominic Kalms and many more. They are sharing encouraging and inspirational 30-second cameos of raw, unfiltered, and heartfelt words telling the camera what they do to gain strength when they feel alone.
I first met Kelly at the United Nations last year where he performed as part of the SDG Moonshots NOVUS Summit in partnership with the United Arab Emirates Permanent Mission to the United Nations. I was truly inspired by his life’s journey and mission towards becoming the world’s first differently abled pop sensation.
Kelly partnered with Sood to launch the #NeverAloneChallenge at the EXO World Summit hosted by Salim Ismail futurist and best-selling author of Exponential Organizations, the challenge involves viewers and fans to creatively express themselves through photos and videos on what they do when they feel alone as well. Kelly is doing a virtual concert on Earth Day at the #WeThePlanet X Summit on April 23rd. Those that feel comfortable are encouraged to share with the world their #NeverAloneChallenge on social media. “There has never been a better time to share this message and invite the world to come together as one to fight COVID-19 and also battle the loneliness that is often the silent epidemic that comes with being isolated, we must stand for one another here and now for we are always stronger together” said Sood.
Kelly wrote the song Never Alone when he was just 11 years old from the heartache of watching his mom go through the loss of a child, a boy named Edis. She was about to give up her humanitarian way of life when she felt something telling her she’s not alone, to keep fighting and not give up. Kelly states, “After experiencing and watching her go through this, I realized that we are not alone. And if she had given up, my brother and I wouldn’t be where we are today, so for that, I am very thankful for her courage, her strength and her commitment for not giving up.”
Never Alone was brought to life for the first time right after Kelly’s appearance on Australia’s X Factor releasing it as a solo single. In essence, it made the charts, made the top 100 in Australia and around different parts of the world, but the song didn’t make the impact he wanted. At the time, the song was more of an acoustic pop ballad, with slow beats and a melancholy sadness.
Kelly wanted to do something different with the song, took a step back and realized that the timing wasn’t right. He stated, “I felt the need to have the song help bring us together because we as humans need to be in a place where we need to be going through something together to feel vulnerable”, so he waited. He also wanted the song to make people feel happy, a get-up, and make you dance kind of song. Kelly came together with legendary DJ Paul Oakenfold in 2019 and re-mixed it with a higher energy pop sound creating the sing-a-long chorus that one can’t help but sing along to then Sood and Kelly decided on a creative way to create a challenge that would help others share their authentic experience and how they deal with being alone.
A new decade comes along, 2020 is here, and the Coronavirus has the world at a standstill. Kelly felt making the song a music video for the world to embrace was something tugging at his heart as feeling the effects of the quarantines is impacting everyone around the world. Throughout this time of isolation, the #NeverAloneChallenge is relevant and timely as mental health and building community is so crucial for everyone.
Paul Oakenfold created the re-mix alongside Varun with Chris Martin as Executive Producer.
Never Alone will be on Kelly’s upcoming EP that is coming out Fall of 2020.
To find out more about Emmanuel Kelly, visit his website at www.EmmanuelKellyMusic.com. Get the latest updates from Emmanuel by following him on his social media accounts at Facebook @EmmanuelKellyNADA; Instagram @EmmanuelKellyOfficial, YouTube @MrEmmanuelKelly, and Twitter @EmmanuelkTwiter.