Exmouth duo hopes to net spot in festive music charts

PUBLISHED: 08:46 24 December 2014 | UPDATED: 08:46 24 December 2014

James Long (right) and Oliver Howlett (left) have created a christmas song for the Band Aid Trust

James Long (right) and Oliver Howlett (left) have created a christmas song for the Band Aid Trust


An Exmouth man and his friends have created a Christmas song which they are hoping will net enough downloads to get them into the festive charts.

James Long, 24, of Winston Road, and his friend, Oliver Howlett, composed Christmas Love Songs using home studios and instrumentalists who donated their time for free.

The essence of the song was first created on Christmas Day 2012 by James himself, and it was fully composed by him and Oliver in 2013.

The song examines the meaning of Christmas, considering commercialism, but concluding that the experience of family and loved ones is what it is really about.

He said: “It’s not that I am against commercialism at Christmas, it’s just that it is one of the aspects of Christmas that people focus on too much.”

“All the other stuff that goes on around Christmas distracts from the original message.”

The vocals are performed by Nick Barstow, who currently performs with the a capella group Afterparty and was one of the lead singers in Out of the Blue, who performed on Britain’s Got Talent.

All profits from the song will be going to the Band Aid Trust, a cause James feels is a very worthy one.

“I think it’s a very important thing they are doing at the moment with the Band Aid song,” he said.

The boys have so far raised awareness of the song with no budget, and are hoping to get it into the official Christmas charts through downloads.

They believe they have had some great feedback so far, and people have commented how catchy and well produced it is.

To download Christmas Love Songs, visit: http://tinyurl.com/od37qwt.

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