The daughter of a tragic Leeds entrepreneur is set to launch a singing career and raise money for charity in memory of her late father.
Jo Heselden-Edwards – daughter of Jimi Heselden – has teamed up with The Spice Girls, Take That and Bryan Adams songwriter and producer Eliot Kennedy to record her debut album.
It will be showcased at Eliot’s next all-star charity concert, which will be for Hidden Wounds, a branch of Help For Heroes, at the Vulcan hanger at Doncaster Airport on Saturday, November 12.
It is in memory of her late father Jimi, who saved thousands of lives after developing the Concertainer ‘blast wall’ used to build military defences, including Camp Bastion, in Afghanistan.
The former miner, who grew up on a Leeds council estate, became an unexpected millionaire and gave millions to charities, including Help For Heroes, before he died aged 62 in a freak accident in 2010 riding a Segway, after buying the company.
Now daughter Jo really is about to sing his praises and honour his lifelong wish for her to become a singer.
The Hidden Wounds album will feature favourite songs like Anyone Who Had A Heart and Living Years, plus a new song she’s written with Eliot, called Hidden Wounds. All proceeds from the album and event will go to charity.
The 45-year-old said: “It’s something I’ve wanted to do since I was a child. I think my dad would be really proud of me. He was fun, outgoing, very ambitious and a grafter. He was one in a million, a hero.”
Tickets for the event, including three course meal are £100, with VIP tickets £200. To buy tickets and for full details visit hiddenwoundsconcert.com