LIVERPOOL’S Lord Mayor is hoping she can get everyone ‘rockin around the Christmas tree’ this year by releasing a record to help a local charity.
The single ‘Liverpool Heart’ has been specially written for the City of Liverpool, will feature lead vocals from the Lord Mayor, Councillor Erica Kemp and can be downloaded NOW by clicking liverpoolheart.wix.com/liverpool-heart
Written under the banner of the Big City Soul Collective in a bid to showcase Liverpool’s creative talent, the single is available via iTunes as well as CDs being sold in local shops and venues across the city. All monies raised from the record, will go to the charity Liverpool Heartbeat to help fund projects designed to help young people reach their creative potential.
Lord Mayor Cllr Erica Kemp said: “This is an exciting initiative and I am really delighted to be involved. Liverpool Heart is a catchy, Christmas song that is a great tribute to the city and I think it will capture the imagination of the people.”
Songwriter Ian Hewitt said: “People really love the song and we have been overwhelmed by the support we’ve received for the Big City Soul Collective. I was so proud to write the song as a gift to the City of Liverpool and see it brought to life by such gifted vocalists and musicians.
“We’re so pleased to have the support of the Lord Mayor of Liverpool. We now really need the people of the city to support the project by downloading the song. This is Liverpool’s Christmas Song and we are urging everybody to wear their Liverpool heart on their sleeve and make this song a huge success.”
The song was first performed at a ‘mass busking event’ organised by the City Central Bid Team in Williamson Square on Friday 17 October and received a fantastic reception from shoppers and passers-by.
The official single was recorded in Parr Street studios in October with more than 200 local performers featuring on the track, including up-and-coming young artists such as Joe Maddocks, Sophie-Ellen Evans, Hayli Kincade, Sophie Clarke, Harmonee and Michael Owens alongside the Liverpool Community Choir, the Choir With No Name, AFMIM Gospel Choir and Whitefield School Choir as well as bands including Ukebox and The Occasionals.