Music promoter James Vince back from the dead to make fund-raising single
James Vince's YouTube
video of his song
A music promoter who ‘died’ is releasing a charity version of
the hit single Do They Know It’s Christmas, to raise funds for the
The record is the brainchild of Willesborough resident James
Vince, who was pronounced clinically dead from meningitis in
After a miraculous resuscitation by staff at the William Harvey
hospital in Ashford, James decided he would use his contacts
in the county’s music scene to organise events to help others who
have had the condition.
For the past two years he has organised the Quiet Riot! festival
in Ashford, as well as a series of one-off events, to bring in
thousands of pounds for the Meningitis Trust.
Musicians from across
Kent have come together to record a charity version of Do They Know
Inspiration for the latest stunt struck after James was thinking
of a good Christmas single to cover.
He said: “I came up with the idea as I’d done a Christmas song
last year for my YouTube show Live in the Living Room.
“Artists and bands perform acoustically at my home, to promote
themselves and local talent, and I wanted to do something
“I do a lot of stuff for the Meningitis trust, and I wanted
raise awareness at Christmas time, and hopefully some money,
because I think a lot of people don’t really know about the
“I chose this song because it’s so well known and has lots
of parts for people to join in.
“I had the best time recording the track with everyone. I
couldn’t have asked for a better group of people to work with and I
can’t thank everyone enough for what they did.”
The single is made up of a backing track composed by The Alex
Beharrell Band from Tunbridge Wells and the lines from the song
have been recorded by a number of Kent musicians who have appeared
on James’ show.
Everyone involved in the project has given their time free of
The track is now available to download for free, with a
suggested donation made directly to the Meningitis Trust.
A music video to accompany the song has also been released via
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