Greg’s song makes him American Idol (with video)

A Leyland songwriter is celebrating his American Idol victory - despite not even singing a note.

Greg Holden, who grew up on Victoria Park Avenue, Leyland, co-wrote the winner’s song for this year’s final of the hit US talent show.

Greg Holden

Greg Holden

It was won on Wednesday night by shop worker Phillip Phillips, 21, from Georgia, who gave an emotional performance of the song ‘Home’ which has been released as his debut single.

Former Runshaw College student, Greg, penned the track with LA writer Drew Pearson, who has worked with a number of contestants on the show.

Greg won the Evening Post’s Battle of the Bands competition in 2005 before moving to New York in 2009.

He wrote on Twitter: “Well done Phillip Phillips!

“Hard to believe a song @drewwpearson and I wrote one afternoon just won American Idol.”

Greg was born in Morecambe where he went to St Patrick’s Primary School, Heysham.

Les Turner, former headteacher at St Patrick’s, said: “Apparently him and another guy sat down and wrote it in just over two hours.

“132m voted (in the American Idol final), it was the biggest response in TV history.

“Greg is a great lad, he was lovely in primary school.

“It’s just great to see an ex-pupil have success.”

The track was originally written with singer Greg in mind but was successfully submitted to the programme as a possible finale number.

Greg, who also went to Leyland St Mary’s Catholic Technology College and the University of Central Lancashire, played gigs in Holland, Germany and Denmark earlier this year and is set to return to Holland in September.

Mr Turner added: “He went down a storm in Holland and Germany.”