Wish I Was collaborates with Make-A-Wish® kid Kara Kuper on “Ready To Start”
In celebration of World Wish Day, April 29, Los Angeles-via-Australia electronic music producer Wish I Was (aka Tyson Illingworth) has teamed up with 18-year-old wish kid Kara on the beautiful and inspiring “Ready To Start.”
It was Kara’s wish to record a song. Being a big fan of Make-A-Wish, Wish I Was was happy to make Kara’s wish come true. Wish I Was secured time at Universal Music’s recording studio and enlisted the help of professional songwriters. In February 2019, Kara flew in from Chagrin Falls, Ohio to start work on the song. The completed song was chosen as the soundtrack for the new Make-A-Wish PSA as part of the 2019 World Wish Day campaign. World Wish Day will be celebrated throughout the month of April, kicking off with the launch of the PSA featuring “Ready To Start,” today April 3rd.
World Wish Day helps bring attention to the significant role a wish plays in a child’s medical treatment. Research shows that a wish can help kids build the physical and emotional strength they need to fight a critical illness– an eye-opening finding in light of the fact that Make-A-Wish is currently only able to reach one out of every two potentially eligible children in the U.S.
The PSA, created by TBWA\Chiat\Day Los Angeles, stars Make-A-Wish kids and alumni whose wishes to be an astronaut, dinosaur, mermaid, football player, cowgirl and firefighter served as a catalyst for hope and healing. Wishes are an important part of a child’s medical treatment. They can give kids the strength to fight, to get better.
“Words truly can’t describe just how incredible it feels to have granted this wish for Kara. I’ve always known about Make-A-Wish and the incredible work they do but never in my life did I think I’d be able to offer anything of worth for them, let alone granting a wish! So when I first heard that Kara’s wish was to record in a professional studio I thought “wow, I can actually make that happen, how cool is that!”… The feeling was so awesome that it made me nervous! When Kara arrived in LA she showed up with so much confidence, talent and a charismatic personality! I immediately felt this connection that I only get from the special artists who’ve worked with me for a long time. We recorded a lot of different ideas, and all of them were amazingly beautiful, especially this song ‘Ready To Start’. It’s a song about hope, bravery and thinking about all the amazing things you want to do when you grow up. ‘Ready To Start’ is about standing up proud, being strong, fighting fears and having the courage to just be who you are. To love and believe in yourself.” – Wish I Was says