May 20 2013 Latest news:
by Tim Lamden
Sunday, June 17, 2012
The father of an aspiring Wood Green singer killed in a car crash is set to release an album of her unfinished songs to raise money for a charity in her name.
Natasha Anastasiades, 22, of Arcadian Gardens, died on March 6, 2005 when the car she was travelling as a passenger in careered off the road and hit a tree in Whetstone, Barnet.
Seven years on, Natasha’s father Mario, 56, is preparing to release the album, including two previously unreleased tracks from George Michael and Boy George, in aid of the Natasha Foundation, a charity set up by both parents to raise awareness of the dangers of reckless driving.
The album, titled Natasha, will be released on June 25 and features a number of songs recorded by the singer-songwriter which Mario has spent the last few years helping to re-produce.
He said: “After a year, I got on with trying to re-produce my daughter’s album in order to keep my promise to her that I would release her music to the world – that kept me feeling as though she was still around.
“She was definitely destined for fantastic things, everybody used to say that. She was a larger than life personality. She didn’t have any negativity whatsoever.”
After attending the world-famous Sylvia Young Theatre School, Natasha caught the attention of a number of record companies but died before she had the chance to sign a deal.
Mario, who runs his own record label and managed Natasha when she was alive, was able to enlist the help of Antony Costa from boyband Blue to sing on the album, in addition to George Michael and Boy George.
All funds raised from the release of the album will also go to the Royal Free Hospital, Hampstead, where Natasha’s mother Kilda receives treatment for renal failure, as well as Great Ormond Street Hospital. The album will be available to buy at iTunes, Amazon and HMV.