Stacy Hart aka Rap/Hip Hop artist Mama Chill is an ME sufferer with real talent. When diagnosed with ME doctors told her that any chance of a music career was well and truly over but Stacy didn’t let it discourage her. While bed-bound for two years she released 13-track home demo rap/hiphop album ‘RAW’ and also entered and won a competition to write a song for Victoria Beckham on Channel 4’s Richard and Judy. This positive feedback encouraged her back into the studio where she worked with producer Shane Shanahan on her next album ‘Nobody wants to know ya when ya Nobody’. You can read about her M.E journey here: ME & M.E
Stacy dedicated a track on the album to raising awareness of M.E by covering the Ann Peebles original I Cant Stand Tha Rain and making it her own. Stacy says: “Things happen for a reason and you just have to adapt. I’d be lying if I said it was easy, but I’m doing it. Some hide illness for fear of being seen as a lame duck by those in the industry but I’d be doing myself and all other M.E/Fibro sufferers a disservice by hiding it. I didn’t get a choice or an invitation to ill health but I do have a choice how I handle it and at least I can help raise awareness.”
— Nia Visser (@niavee) March 16, 2014
A clean radio mix of Mama Chill’s unique cover of I Cant Stand Tha Rain as well as a ringtone version are both free to download to raise awareness of ME. They are available on her ReverbNation page or can be downloaded directly from the following links:
They can also be downloaded from Mama Chill Facebook and the single was used to make the above awareness video. All proceeds from downloads of the original album track I Cant Stand Tha Rain [Explicit] go to Invest in ME Research. Preview and download the original track on iTunes and Amazon. Mama Chill was interviewed on Vibe Radio September 2012. She talked about having ME and her support for Let’s Do It for ME. I Cant Stand Tha Rain was one of three tracks played from her album. She was also interviewed on BBC Introducing, 19th October 2012 and raised further awareness for Invest in ME and the proposed Centre of Excellence.
Presenter Nia Visser posted these photos to Twitter, March 17th 2013 – Tweet 1, Tweet 2 – of herself (right) and Nancy Hatcher opening a thank you parcel from Invest in ME and sporting their awareness bracelets. They played I Can’t Stand Tha Rain, as they continue to do, and spoke about Invest In ME, biomedical research and how ME is a misunderstood illness. Mama Chill’s second ME Awareness track Dont Say Nuthin If It Ain’t Worthwhile debuted on Watford’s Vibe 107.6 May 5th 2013 and despite it being a struggle Stacy made in to the studio to promote the track. The single is free to download from the Mama Chill Facebook and ReverbNation pages and an awareness video has also been created which can be shared(see below).
In December 2013 Stacy started teaching herself graphic design to create unique t-shirts and other merchandise that can be worn by anyone and everyone and to raise money for charity. In light of the success of the design known as “Runnin On Empty” she then worked hard, despite poor health, to create more designs and opened a separate charity store using the same name Runnin On Empty Store. Any profit is paid bi-monthly, 50% of the profit will be donated to Invest In ME Research on a regular basis. The other 50% will go to other charities and good causes and will be announced each time. You can also follow on Twitter @runninonemptee . In July 2014 Mama Chill was named in Erica Verrillo’s article 10 Celebrities with M.E/CFS at www.prohealth.com.
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With thanks to Stacy a.k.a Mama Chill and presenters Nia Visser & Nancy Hatcher for their help raising awareness.