Rodney Earl Clarke is a star of the opera and musical theatre worlds, currently performing in the current line-up of Les Misérables. He is now set to release his new single 'MANTRA' in March.
‘Mantra’ is the closing track of Voices for Reconciliation, a Contemporary Requiem and it was especially written for Rodney Earl Clarke by Anthony and Gaynor Sadler who are one of the UK’s most renowned composing teams. The song is a statement of intent to overcome prejudice through togetherness.
It was fitting that Rodney was chosen recently to perform the National Anthem at Twickenham for the England V Italy Rugby match, which was televised to millions of people. Rodney’s beautifully deep baritone voice could be heard echoing gloriously throughout the stadium. This was a huge honour for Rodney, who has come a long way since his early childhood difficulties having suffered from a stutter.
The breathing techniques used as a singer and the costal breathing in particular opera singers use, helped him overcome his speech problems, which he discovered and studied when we went onto study at the Royal Academy of Music. It completely changed his life.
‘Mantra’ explores Rodney’s extraordinary vocal range and allows him to express the message as a figurehead narrator, inspiring the audience to come together and strive to make a genuine difference at a crucial point in history; a time where we can build the World we wish to live in. Rodney’s voice calls for a ‘better world together’, a “safe and equal space” where all can “raise their heads with pride”. Sport has an essential role in realising the goal of creating a “Mantra” to live our lives by, elevating voices from throughout society in the process, Rodney is the ideal Ambassador to promote this message with his work, not only as a distinguished Musician, but also as an advocate for racial equality.