Dion Dublin is shooting for the Christmas album charts with a festive charity record helping cancer sufferers.
Available from iTunes and other online retailers, it features 11 festive tracks performed by bands Dion has managed since hanging up his boots.
He said: “It’s quite eclectic. You’ve got ska, funk, soul, indie, even a bit of classical thrown in.
“They are all familiar Christmas tunes, but we’ve given the songs a twist.” Explaining his thinking behind producing a Christmas album, he said: “I’ve had a burning desire for some time now to bring together artists I work closely with to create an album.
“And what better time of year to do this than Christmas when all can benefit from an album I believe is fit for any Christmas stocking.”
Proceeds from the record will go to The Bobby Moore Fund for Cancer Research UK, set up in honour of England’s World Cup winning captain who died from bowel cancer in 1993, aged 51.
Dion said: “I’m pleased and proud to announce that £1 from each sale of ‘Dion Dublin’s Christmas
Presents…will be donated to The Bobby Moore Fund. It’s a wonderful organisation set up by Bobby’s family and a cause very close to my heart.”
The record includes a song by The Establishment, an indie band from Nottingham who invited Dion to be their manager after seeing him interviewed on Soccer AM.
It also features Stonepark, a Leicester-based covers band featuring Dion’s brother Eddie, and The Brothers Dublin.