Christmas single with icons to support sick and disabled

The front cover of the Christmas single
The front cover of the Christmas single

Tony Hadley and Paul Young have joined a throng of young children to record their own charity Christmas single to help sick and disabled children.

Aspire Arts Academy in Towcester offers classes in singing, acting and dance for children, teens and adults.

But there was a change to the usual timetable when 1980s icons Hadley and Young joined them in the studio to record Happy Birthday JC.

The duo shot to fame as frontmen but defied convention by simply adding support vocals to lead performances from more than 40 children aged five to 11.

Kat Stephens, founder and director of Aspire Arts Academy, said: “I have been blown away by the enthusiasm of our pupils for raising money for the Tree of Hope in order to help children that are less fortunate than themselves.

“They couldn’t wait to get involved and it has been a brilliant experience for them.”

The recording took place at the Fitdog Recording Studio in Gayton and gave the children a unique insight into the life of a popstar.

But for Hadley, who has recorded 23 hit singles and sold more than 25 million albums worldwide with Spandau Ballet, it was old hat.

He appeared at Live Aid in 1985 along with Queen, Elton John and The Who at Wembley Stadium to raise aid money for the Ethiopian famine.

Mrs Stephens said: “This is such a fun song for children to sing at Christmas time, they could easily learn the words and sung their little hearts out.

“Hopefully people can buy their child a truly wonderful gift this Christmas.

“It’s a song they will love and can enjoy singing every year, whilst helping to raise money for children that need help and support.”

The track is now available on iTunes and all profits are going to the Tree of Hope.

The charity provides assistance to families of sick and disabled children by raising money for specialist medical surgery, treatment, therapy and equipment.

Happy Birthday JC is an original piece by Stewart Blandamer and was first recorded in 2012 by pupils at Nicholas Hawksmoor Primary School in Towcester.

It was part of a successful fundraising drive to raise money to send pupil Lewis Wares to America for life-changing surgery to help him walk.

Lewis lives life with a condition that presents like Diplegic Cerebral Palsy.

This means that Lewis is unable to walk and is also limited in speech and movement but fundraising efforts have now been extended to the Tree of Hope charity to help other children and their families.