First Nations Artists have come together with the family of teenager Cassius Turvey to create a powerful ballad in his honour.

The song, Forever 15, is an ode to the “young teacher, beat-maker and future leader”, created by over a dozen Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander musicians in collaboration with Cassius’ family.

The idea for the track sprang from a message between Cassius’ mother Mechelle and Jawoyn Kaurareg music producer Candice Lorrae, one-half of duo The Merindas.

The pair had a long-running friendship, Ms Lorrae having sung in a band alongside Mechelle and her late husband Sam.

When Ms Lorrae heard the news about Cassius, she reached out to support her friend.

Today we speak to the mother of Cassius Turvey, Mechelle Turvey.