Former British Army officer, record producer, song writer and singer James Hillier Blount, better known by his stage name James Blunt, has decided to donate the proceeds from his new record to the Armed Forces. The ex-soldier has decided to turn his catchy new single ‘Monsters’ into a charity record in support of the Armed Forces.
James who performed live on Friday at an event told the DJ how he had played ‘Monsters’ in front of the Queen at last week’s Festival of Remembrance.
Chris suggested it would make a great festive hit for a good cause so, I got in touch with James’s team to see if he fancied it.
He immediately said yes and agreed to give the royalties to charity Help For Heroes and The British Legion.
James said: “Monsters is for my father, who’s awaiting a kidney transplant.
“I played the song at the Festival of Remembrance in the Royal Albert Hall last week in front of the Queen, members of the Armed Forces, bereaved families from the Afghan and Iraq campaigns and my father.
“The reaction since has been so amazing, so I’m releasing this song in the build-up to Christmas and giving the proceeds to Help For Heroes and The British Legion, who both do fantastic work for my former brothers and sisters in arms.”
“The reaction since has been so amazing, and so I’m releasing this song in the build-up to Christmas and giving the proceeds to Help For Heroes and The British Legion, who both do fantastic work for my former brothers and sisters in arms.”
Blunt rose to fame in 2004 with the release of his debut album Back to Bedlam, achieving worldwide fame with the singles “You’re Beautiful” and “Goodbye My Lover.” James joined the army in 1996 and rose to the rank of captain before leaving in 2002.
So he knows first-hand how important the charities are to our servicemen and women, such as Ricky Ferguson, Josh Boggi, Andy Reid and Ben Parkinson, who have all suffered horrific injuries in the line of duty.
It would be great to see fans get behind the release for two great causes.