You may know the story. In August 2016 a video of myself and Dad - an 80 year old former club singer - singing in the car went viral across the world.
Dad was a singer throughout his life - he was a Butlin's Redcoat and then travelled around singing in clubs around the country. He worked in a factory when he got married and did the occasional bit of singing on side. His nickname is The Songaminute Man - simply because of how many songs he knows.
Dad was diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease in 2013. He can no longer recognise his family or where he is. It's a devastating illness. To calm Dad down from the regular bursts of aggression and confusion, I used to take him out for a drive in the car around Blackburn and the Ribble Valley in Lancashire, playing his old backing tracks. Dad always sang along and it was in these brief moments that he would be back to his old self.
I posted a video on Facebook of Dad singing with a link to a fundraising page to help raise money for The Alzheimer's Society who provide support to families like ours during the dark days, of which there can be many.
The videos went viral overnight - so far raising over £150,000 to support the National Dementia Helpline and TalkingPoint - telephone and online services which provide help and advice for families living and caring for someone with dementia. I cannot begin to describe how they helped us during the dark days - of which there were, and still are, many.
After going viral, Dad went on to release a single with Decca Records which reached Number 4 in the iTunes chart, again helping to raise money for The Alzheimer's Society.
We always wanted to make an album - so we decided to crowdfund it ourselves. Thankfully we received hundreds of donations from around the world, which enabled us to bring together some of the best musicians in the country with The Guy Barker Orchestra as well as Grammy awarded engineers such as Tim Young. This album was only going to happen once, so we wanted to make it the best we could.
25% of any royalties from the sale of this album will go direct to fund research into Alzheimer’s Disease and dementia – something that is massively underfunded throughout the world.
As yet there is no cure or prevention for Alzheimer’s Disease or dementia. Through the sale of this album, we want to help change that.
Your support can ensure that hopefully at some point in the future, families like ours won’t have to suffer the nightmare of this condition. And you'll get to hear a great big band album too.
We hope you enjoy it.