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Warner Newman: Runaway


Catchy yet harrowing, Runaway brings the deep issue of domestic abuse to the urban-pop scene. This is the debut single from Warner Newman and one that promises great things for his debut album, The Death of Warner Cornish, set to be released in March next year.

From the first verse it is clear that this song was born out of personal experience and Warner’s gritty spoken word is perfectly juxtaposed with a beautiful female vocal that brings food for thought to the listener.

Despite the deep, haunting subject matter, there is a glimmer of hope to be found from the song: themes of running away, as the name suggest, and victims as fighters permeate the lyrics. It is a song that demands to be heard and the message stays with you long after the first listen.

It is not only music that is benefiting from Warner’s heart-wrenching childhood story; contributions from the sales of this song will go to charity Women’s Aid, dedicated to helping women and children affected by domestic abuse. It is music that calls to make a difference.

If you would like to listen to the song you can find it on Soundcloud here:

If you would like to find out more information about Women’s Aid, head to their website here:

If you have been affected by domestic abuse, you can access support by calling the National Domestic Violence Helpline (0808 2000 247), Men’s Advice Line (0808 801 0327) or ManKind (01823 334 244). In an emergency, call 999. You can also call the Samaritans for free on 116 123.