Leeds children like jamming on reggae Christmas record

SINGERS: Children from the Grammar School of Leeds are hoping Reggae Reggae Christmas will be a hit.
SINGERS: Children from the Grammar School of Leeds are hoping Reggae Reggae Christmas will be a hit.

Celebrity chef and musician Levi Roots plus a bunch of Leeds schoolchildren are in the mix for a reggae Christmas hit.

Pupils from The Grammar School at Leeds (GSAL), Levi Roots and a Leeds music producer have joined forces in a bid to score the UK’s first ever reggae top 10 Christmas hit.

HIT: Producer Jason Brooks, left, and Levi Roots.

HIT: Producer Jason Brooks, left, and Levi Roots.

Jason Brooks, of Beat Street Studio in Meanwood, has written Reggae Reggae Christmas, which is performed by Levi Roots and The Source. Mr Roots sings the lead vocals, while the festive sounds of brass and children’s voices are provided by young musicians from the grammar school.

Mr Brooks said: “Levi loves the finished record and we both agree the pupils bring just the Christmas brass band vibe we were looking for. The pupils were all very professional, easy to work with and did exactly what I asked them to do.”

The record is almost entirely home grown in Leeds. Apart from recording the vocal in London due to Mr Roots’ busy schedule, all the tracks were recorded and mixed at Mr Brooks studio in Meanwood, with a trip to Alwoodley to record the choir at GSAL.

Composer and producer Mr Brooks came up with the idea for a reggae Christmas tune in contrast to the usual festive fare. He had Mr Roots in mind as the ideal singer and contacted him via Facebook. The entrepreneur, who has his own brand of cooking sauces, was on board as soon as he heard the demo track.

BRASS SECTION: Charlotte Murdoch, Phoebe Brown and Abbie MacLeod, from the Grammar School at Leeds.

BRASS SECTION: Charlotte Murdoch, Phoebe Brown and Abbie MacLeod, from the Grammar School at Leeds.

The record features a choir of pupils in Years 7 and 8, and instrumentalists from Year 11 and the sixth form. The musicians are Charlotte Murdoch, Phoebe Brown, Abbie MacLeod and Manasvi Tyagi on saxophone, Nathan Rockley and Charlie Wu on trumpet, and Daniel Cockburn on trombone. ‘Reggae Reggae Christmas’ was released last Thursday and was aired at Leeds Christmas lights switch on last week. It is available to download from iTunes, Google play, Amazon, and Spotify.

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