'A Christmas Song' for Shelter

3 November 2011

A Christmas Song

Comedy star and musician Matt Berry has launched the world’s first ever crowd-sourced Christmas single on Absolute Radio, and is searching for members of the public to star in it - all in aid of Shelter.

Matt Berry - best known for his roles in award winning comedy shows 'The I.T. Crowd' and 'The Mighty Boosh' - has recorded a demo video of’ ‘A Christmas Song’, which tells the story of rushing around on Christmas Eve buying Christmas presents for family and friends.

It was given its first spin on the Geoff Lloyd Hometime show on Absolute Radio on Wednesday 2 November, and now Matt is now inviting people to get involved.

From soloists to school choirs, guitar heroes to concert pianists – or experts on the saucepans or the spoons, everyone’s welcome!

Anyone who wants to feature in the single or the accompanying video should download the full song and instrumental parts from the Absolute Radio website so they can play, sing or dance along to the track in an audio file or filmed video.

Contributions to the track must be sent to Absolute Radio by Monday 14 November, and the final track ‘A Christmas Song’ by Matt Berry and Everybody will be released in the Apple iTunes chart on 4 December 2011, with all proceeds going towards our work.

Matt Berry said, ‘Christmas is about being inclusive, sharing and selfless, much like this song. My aim is to release a Christmas single that a whole bunch of people, young and old, can say they were a part of.

‘Please show your support for the project and for Shelter and let’s do something original.’

Tracy Griffin, Shelter’s Director of Fundraising, said: ‘We are thrilled that Matt has chosen to support Shelter with his festive single.

‘Every two minutes someone faces the nightmare of losing their home. Any money raised by this song will go towards ensuring that Shelter can reach more people who need our help to stay in their homes this Christmas.’