Prior to featuring in SBS’s Filthy Rich and Homeless, Alli Simpson was oblivious to the stigma and underrepresentation of homelessness in Australian culture.
It was on the program where her path collided with Australian music charity MMAD (Musicians Making A Difference), a charity changing the lives of young Aussies through the power of music and mentoring.
alli simpson has teamed up with the charity’s Music Mentor and Ambassador, D Minor, to release a new single – Concrete Pillow.
Sydney rapper D Minor, born Daniel Harvey, says that the song provides insight into his trouble childhood and experiences with violence, homelessness and overall life struggle.
“Concrete Pillow talks about my life, and what I’ve been through – the pain and struggles I had to endure as a child, becoming homeless, placed in foster homes, and shuffled between refuges,” he reveals.
Written and composed by D Minor, the song – featuring Alli Simpson – aims to inspire homeless youth to hone in on their creativity, and escape a life of hardship.
Despite being homeless by age 11, kicked out of school soon after, and then heartbreakingly separated from his twin brother when they were placed in separate foster homes, D Minor has amazingly managed to overcome adversity and rise to success.
As his love and passion for music became his salvation, his passion for inspiring young people through his music also grew and he regularly started performing for youth events and charities.
It was here that he forged a friendship with Gold Coast singer, model, actress and host Alli Simpson who jumped at the chance to work with him on Concrete Pillow.
“I’m hoping the single will raise money to help homelessness in Australia, and also help MMAD on their mission to inspire young people to overcome hardship and fulfil their great potential,” D Minor states.
“I want young people to always remember there’s support out there, and they can leave behind their Concrete Pillow – no matter what burden they are facing.”
To support this project simply stream Concrete Pillow. To learn more about donations or other ways to help fight youth homelessness through the power of music visit www.mmad.org.au.