A Leeds reggae artist has released a single in aid of local homeless charity St George’s Crypt.
Adam King, who performs as Dr King, was inspired to write and record the track City of Sin by the homelessness he witnessed close to where he lives.
“There are many reasons for homelessness,” says King, “and through the lyrics of this song I want to transport people into the shoes of the most vulnerable.
“I hope it will make listeners realise how lucky they are, and want to give in return.”
City of Sin blends its hard-hitting lyrics with dancehall beats and features another local artist, Guire. It is the first single from Dr King’s upcoming album Attack of the Killer Waves.
There is a strong personal connection to the song for King, who, when living in Bristol a couple of years ago, had to spend the winter in an unheated changing room after his planned accommodation fell through. When more comfortably housed himself he sought to assist others in need, including welcoming a homeless man into his home for six months.
King says: “Nowadays, people won’t shell out as much money for songs as they would have done in the past. So rather than try to earn a small amount of royalties, I wanted to encourage those who like my music to put their hands in their pockets for a really good cause instead.”
St George’s Crypt, in central Leeds, has provided care and support to homeless and disadvantaged adults in Leeds for over 80 years. The charity offers food, emergency accommodation, volunteering opportunities and work experience among other services.
A St George’s Crypt spokesperson says: “We are really pleased Dr King has chosen to raise money for us.”
City of Sin is available to download for free at soundcloud.com/dr-king/city-of-sin and donations to St George’s Crypt can be made via justgiving.com/Cityofsin.