Gospel singer and songwriter, Carol Bertogal, hopes the song she was inspired to write (after watching a moving episode of EastEnders) will play a part in encouraging young people involved in gangs, crime and violence to pursue a positive life path.
Carol, a wife, a mother of two young children, found herself in tears after watching an EastEnders storyline, where a character got caught up in gang crime and ended up being murdered. She recalled: “I was overwhelmed with emotion as I watched the programme, especially as they used real-life mothers, whose children had been killed. The programme also made me think something needs to be done to stop the youth from killing each other.”
Overcome with emotion, Carol went to bed thinking about the episode, and woke up inspired to write a song; Stop the Fighting is the result. It will be released as a single on November 30, and proceeds will be donated to five charities that seek to combat youth crime.
She believes she was inspired by her faith to write Stop the Fighting, and explained: “I didn’t choose this song; I believe God gave it to me to make a difference in the lives of young people.
“It’s my desire for this song to make perpetrators of violence stop and think about what they are doing. We don’t want young people to die needlessly. We want them to live.”
The song will be available on iTunes, Amazon Music and Google Music from November 30, 2018.