A MOVING song penned by a Wearside musician for missing tot
Madeleine McCann has gone soaring to the top of the charts.
Warehouse worker Nigel Graham first set a heartfelt poem to music
in 2008, a year after little Madeleine went missing.
Now the stirring plea to her kidnapper is in the top five of
social networking site Twitter’s Tweet My Song chart.
We’re Still Looking for You Madeleine has received thousands of
hits from eager fans, who can either listen to the song or download it
It features a young girl called Katie singing a poem by Janet
Marie James, a campaigner hoping to keep the search for Madeleine in the
spotlight. Nigel met Janet through video clip sharing site You Tube.
The 42-year-old, from High Usworth in Washington, said: “It’s a
free song I composed to help raise awareness for the Madeleine McCann
“I wanted to help them out, so I composed a song to remind the
public every time they hear Madeleine’s song that she still needs their
“Now four years on it’s gone to number one in Twitter’s Tweet My
“It’s had 84,000 hits and the version on Twitter is the
children’s version of the song.
“The poem was done by You-Tuber Janet Marie James and the main
vocals in this version was done by a girl called Katie.”
Self-taught musician Nigel, who has also recorded an anthem for
the 2012 Olympics, has passed his ode on to Madeleine’s friends and
He admits he has no idea why his song has soared to popularity
years after it was written.
But he hopes its global success will play a part in helping to
find the youngster.
“I think people just like the song. The people in U.S. love it.
“It’s my song of hope for Madeleine and it carries a important
message - kids should be able to go on holiday free of fear and build
sandcastles and splash in the sea, having the time of their lives.
“One day my song for Madeleine will reach a part of the world
where someone holds key information. They will hear the music and words
and hopefully do the right thing.
“I emailed the Find Madeleine team and they think it’s amazing.
They are over the moon.
“I still have hopes of finding Madeleine one day. The song keeps
the message out there we will never stop searching.”
* Madeleine McCann disappeared in May 2007.
She was on holiday with her parents and twin siblings in the
Algarve region of Portugal.
She went missing from an apartment, in the central area of the
resort of Praia da Luz, a few days before her fourth birthday.
Madeleine’s parents, Kate and Gerry McCann, both doctors,
admitted that they left the children unsupervised while they ate at a
restaurant around 100 metres away.
Despite investigations by British and Portuguese police and
private investigators, Madeleine has still not been found.
The McCanns were declared suspects at one point and have since
Madeleine’s disappearance remains one of the most high-profile
missing child cases in Europe.