Jonjo to record debut album

X Factor's Jonjo Kerr at Chorley Christmas Lights switch on
X Factor's Jonjo Kerr at Chorley Christmas Lights switch on

Chorley soldier and X Factor star Jonjo Kerr is ready to record his debut album with a Canadian rockstar.

Jonjo, who has just returned from active duty in Afghanistan, is set to work with Grammy and Ivor Novello award winner Eliot Kennedy, who will produce the album – as well as mega star Bryan Adams.

Taking to Twitter to talk about the news, the dad-of-two said: “So I’m working with a fella called Bryan Adams on an album! That’s just put a chunky smile on my face xxxxx”

His manager, Dean Maynard, said: “Jonjo is doing really well at the moment.

“He has just come back from his tour so he is getting back into things.

“We have been working while he has been away and didn’t want to announce anything while he was out of the country, but are now excited to say that Eliot Kennedy is going to produce the album.

“Kennedy built up his reputation whilst working as songwriter and producer for some of the world’s biggest bands, such as the Spice Girls, Take That and Bryan Adams.”

The album is set to be released in the Spring.

Mr Maynard said Eliot Kennedy had also said Bryan Adams – whose Everything I Do) I Do It for You was number 1 for 16 weeks – had shown an interest in writing songs for Jonjo, who serves as an infantry soldier with the Yorkshire Regiment. He said: “This is a huge but deserved honour for Jonjo and now he is home, it really is just the start of big things to come.

“It’s unbelievable really.”

Jonjo became a household name following his

appearance on the X-Factor in 2011. After a nervous first audition, he eventually made it on to the live shows but was knocked out in the first week.

Along with the other finalists, he had his first number one success with their version of ‘Wishing on a Star’.

Since leaving the show, Jonjo has been a guest vocalist on the Military Wives album In My Dreams, which reached number one, and has been back on active duty in Afghanistan.

Mr Maynard said Jonjo will carry on with his career in the army with some time off scheduled this month and later in December.

He said: “The military are fully aware of it and have always been very supportive.

“They let him do lots of things with the X Factor and I’m sure that they will be fully behind him with this as well.

“It’s great news for the region and great news for the regiment as well.”