X Factor finalist and army veteran Jonjo Kerr, from Chorley, is making a bid for Christmas number one with a new charity single.
The dad-of-two, who rose to fame after appearing on the X Factor in 2011, returned to his military duties for a seven-month tour of duty in Afghanistan before returning to civilian life, and has now joined forces with other musicians, including the Military Wives Choir, to make the single, Small Change, Change Lives.
He said: “I’m really excited and looking forward to what is sure to be a great adventure.”
The Christmas single has been recorded and performed by Jonjo, the Military Wives and vocalist Vicky Louise, to raise money for research into Cures For The Big Four killers – cancer, diabetes, heart and neuropsychiatric disease including dementia and Alzheimer’s – and is dedicated to the memory of the song’s lyricist and co-writer, Jonny Walker,
The talented musician and fun-loving 21-year-old, whose battle with bowel cancer ended before he was able to hear the completed recording, can be heard in the final section of the song accompanied by his dad, Mac, on guitar.
Project manager, John Balsdon, said: “Although Jonny never heard the final version, it is destined to become his legacy, raising money for causes in which he also passionately believed and which affect us all, not least his own wider family and friends.
“His death has been a powerful catalyst for all those involved in making the song a reality and the single has been written, recorded, edited and mastered by people from a variety of backgrounds, who have generously given of their time and talent, in a matter of weeks.”
To preview and pre-order the song, which is available to buy from Sunday, go to iTunes and search for Small Change Change Lives
To donate to the charitable fund, via Just Giving, text SCCL05 £5 to 70070