This Christmas I’m releasing a Christmas song for Shelter and The Trussell Trust (who look after most of the food banks in the UK) the song is called “Christmas at our House” – I had played some gigs for my local food bank and a few local homeless projects earlier this year and last, so I knew both of the charities.
Talking and meeting with the charities makes you realise the tremendous amount of fantastic work that they do, they are lovely people doing amazing things, often just as volunteers, it can be very humbling when talking with them, but they also need people just like you and I to support them or they wouldn’t be able to continue with the incredible work that they do, so it was suggested by my management company that I release a song to raise some much needed funds for them, I had written a Christmas song a few years back and had never done anything with it, so my manager brought the idea to those who we already knew and they loved what they heard and thought the song would be perfect for them, so once everything was approved it all started to move so quickly, we signed contracts and then it was time for the song to be reignited and recorded properly. More good people joined us daily, and lots more are still jumping in to help us, it honestly feels like it’s all meant to be.
Recording of the song took place at a few different studios, we tracked some parts at a local high school with the students involved in the engineering, the playing of some of the instruments, and some of the backing vocals, we then moved onto a home studio where I added the lead vocals, lead harmony, acoustic guitar, cello and bells. And then finally everything went off to a studio in New Jersey USA owned by my good friend Tom Corea, once at the studio the fun really began, we would chat over Skype and Facebook, it was like being in the studio with the guys, we added drums, percussion, bass, lead guitar, and more backing vocals, and then we mixed the song over the airways, proper trans-Atlantic style.
There has also been a beautiful video filmed by the wonderful Frank Scarito and directed by my mate Dave Pibworth. All the actors and actresses were fantastic.
Everyone mentioned and involved in the recording of the song and the filming of the video have worked for free to raise as much money as we possibly can for the charities. I can’t even begin to thank you all enough for being such a big part of all this. You are all wonderful people, and you know who you are.
“Christmas at our House” will hopefully be a massive hit and raise awareness and also lots of money to help both Shelter and The Trussell Trust, the song is released on Monday 30th November 2015 on iTunes/Amazon/Spotify and all other good download places, with a pre-order on iTunes from 22nd of November, the video will be on YouTube and released the same day, and by playing the song you will be helping those who need our help most, Christmas is a tough time for those who are homeless and hungry, but we can all do our bit to try and make it a little easier, and this Christmas is the perfect time to do just that.
So please buy the song and then share the link to the song and the link to our beautiful video everywhere, using the hash tag #ChristmasNumber1
All proceeds go to charity.
Christmas at our House written by Ian Roberts.
Winner of best song AND best music video at The Sunday Night Live Music Awards 2015
Recorded at Ousedale School – UK and at Baby Fish Mouth Studios – New Jersey USA
Engineered by Tom Corea and the students of Ousedale School.
Mixed by Tom Corea and Ian Roberts.
Produced by Ian Roberts.
Ian Roberts – Vocals, acoustic guitar, cello, bells.
Tom Corea – Drums, percussion.
Tom DiPaolo – Electric guitars.
Mario Licata – Bass.
Backing vocals: Ian Roberts, Steve Roman, Anj Jowitt, and the students of Ousedale School.
Video Directed by David Pibworth.
Filmed by Frank Scarito, and assisted by Connor Kinsley.
Edited by Frank Scarito and Ian Roberts at www.luca-design.co.uk
Written and Produced by Ian Roberts.
Lead man: Adam Croft
Homeless man: Tony Fitch
Lady in wheelchair: Amanda Carter-Philpott
Blind man: Andrew Davis
Homeless girl: Naniene O’Donoghue-Roberts
Priest: Teddy Onyemaechi
Bagpipe player: Scott Forrest
Passers by: Del Bromham and Ian Roberts.
All other actors/actresses: Annie O’Donoghue, Jack Isaac, Eka Onyemaechi, Sonni Wibaut, Kerri Louise Gudgeon, Ed Wright, Annie Bromham, Daniel Lear.
Filmed on location in Olney, Buckinghamshire UK. Massive thank you to Sam McCallum, Steve Clark and all involved with Olney Town Council. Also filmed in The Two Brewers Pubic House Olney, thank you to David Church, Chris and Adam, and all the team. Filmed at The Cowper Memorial Church. thank you to Celia for all her help.
If you would like to donate to the charities please click here:
For The Trussell Trust: http://www.trusselltrust.org/donate
For Shelter: http://england.shelter.org.uk/