Mark Read and Naomi Wilkinson to release single “Ray Of Sun” Nov 21st


Here at MarkMeets, we’ve been big supporters of Mark Read from A1 and now he has been secretly working with TV’s Naomi Wilkinson on a new single set for release Monday 21stNovember 2022

Mark Read achieved global success with a1 – the multi-platinum selling boyband. The band achieved a string of UK and international Top five hits, including two UK number 1’s, with “Same Old Brand New You” and their cover of A-ha’s classic, “Take On Me”. They won several awards including a prestigious Brit Award. Mark has written for many international artists, including “Michael Bolton”, “Boyzone”, “The Hollies” and “Charlotte Church”, to name a few. The song “Never Enough” that Mark co-wrote and produced was performed at the Eurovision Song Contest in Azerbaijan in 2012. 

We were excited having been sent the track this morning. The new track which see’s Mark and Naomi together is a warm easy listening song that really picks up and could easily be a Take That single release.

With fantastic songwriting and incredible production (offcourse the vocals are top notch) too, It’s our pick of the week on MarkMeets Music. Here is a snippet below.

In 2021, Mark wrote a rousing, theatrical anthem titled “Stop the Show” to celebrate theatres and music venues opening back up again. The song was performed at London’s West End Live. 

Children’s television presenter Naomi Wilkinson has been on our TVs for over 20 years. Best known for her work on CBBC and Channel 5’s “Milkshake!” She is much-loved for her bubbly, energetic persona and daredevil attitude.

Over the years Naomi has devoted much of her time to entertaining and educating the nation’s youngsters. She is always happy to be thrown in at the deep end, even if it means presenting with children and animals together…live! She has won an RTS award (Best Children’s category) and was twice nominated as Best Presenter at the prestigious Children’s BAFTA Awards

“Simply Beautiful” – Music critic Mark Boardman

When Naomi’s sister Anna, and dear friend Rachel were diagnosed with breast cancer, Naomi felt at a loss to know how to help. With the battles at the forefront of her mind, she was inspired to write the lyrics for Ray of Sun. She then reached out to good friend and songwriter Mark Read to collaborate and produce the song.  Naomi’s sister made a full recovery but sadly Rachel lost her fight. 

“Naomi’s lyrics and the sentiment behind them, really moved and inspired me. It was a privilege to collaborate on this song with her, to honour the memory of Rachel – Mark 

“Sadly, I didn’t get the chance to play the song to Rachel, but our hope is that this song of support might still bring comfort to anyone who is struggling to cope and needing to find that Ray of Sun.” – Naomi


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