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Irlam student Jess Kemp bids for Christmas No.1 with charity hospice single

A music student from Irlam is hitting all the right notes this Christmas after releasing a single to raise money for Francis House Hospice.

Jess Kemp, 21, was inspired by the end-of-life care for children that Francis House provides, and decided to write ‘Fairy Lights’ in tribute.

A former Irlam and Cadishead college student and teaching assistant, she now studies music business at the The British and Irish Modern Music Institute in Manchester.

Jess got her first instrument at the age of six, a battered old acoustic guitar passed down by a family friend, and grew up listening to the likes of Elton John, Queen and The Beatles.

She explained: “The song is about what it would be like for a child to be in a children’s hospice at Christmas time.

“We’ve released it on iTunes and on Youtube and after sharing the song online we’ve already had an amazing response.”

‘Fairy Lights’ was written in just 24 hours and is performed with her fellow students.

Jess will already be well-known to regular readers.

In 2014 she performed in the SalfordOnline.com studios after beating off 13,000 young hopefuls to make the final four of the Key103 Futurestars competition.

That gave her international exposure with American and Spanish journalists beating down her door for interviews.

But Jess is focused on just one thing this Christmas – raising as much money as possible for the children’s charity.

Francis House in Didsbury cares for hundreds of children with life limiting illnesses and provides respite care for their families.

The single costs just 79p on iTunes.

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