SHEFFIELD’S Grammy Award-winning Eliot Kennedy, who has produced everyone from The Spice Girls to Take That, today revealed his latest recording star - his young son, Jack, writes Graham Walker.
The 10-year-old will take the spotlight as the solo voice at the start of a new reworking of Yorkshire anthem, On Ilkla Moor Baht ’At.
VIDEO: Press the play button to watch digital editor Graham Walker’s special report about making the music video on Ilkley Moor.
Grammy award winner Eliot, working with tourism agency Welcome To Yorkshire, has already drafted in some of the county’s famous sons and daughters, including Mexborough-born movie star Brian Blessed - who famously raps on the new version - Doncaster opera singer Lesley Garrett and the Grimethorpe Colliery Band.
Hundreds of people, including Jack, Fame Academy’s Alistair Griffin and the entire Yorkshire Rock Up and Sing choir, filmed a music video for the song on Ilkley Moor. And, in keeping with the song’s lyrics, they threw off their hats.
Yorkshire Air Ambulance and the Yorkshire Regiment also took part - they will benefit from profits, with Welcome to Yorkshire and Harrogate agency Cause UK planning to launch the single as a charity song.
Eliot says one of the proudest moments of all was recording his son for the start of this latest project.
Eliot, who was also producer for artist development on The X Factor, said: “I wanted a young solo voice, before the celebrity names and the big choir comes in. Jack was perfect. He sounds brill. I’m so proud,’’ said Eliot.
“It’s a beautiful, gorgeous song, you can’t help but sing along to it.
“It’s been in my head all the time since we started this project. I think this song will last for decades. It’s going to stand the test of time. I’m putting as much love and energy into this as any other record I do.”
Welcome to Yorkshire is behind the project which it hopes will breathe new life into the piece of cultural heritage and introduce On Ilkla Moor Baht ‘At to a younger, global audience.
Gary Verity, Welcome to Yorkshire chief executive, said: “We’re proud to be breathing new life into Yorkshire’s national anthem.
“We hope it will capture the hearts of not only everyone in Yorkshire but also the UK and worldwide.”
The project originated with the Otley Brass Band who discovered one in 10 youngsters had never heard of the song.
Gordon Eddison, band leader, said: “The band is pleased the campaign has developed so much to keep the song alive. It throws the spotlight onto Yorkshire’s talent as well as raising money for charity.”
A social media campaign has been launched and Welcome to Yorkshire is urging all fans of Yorkshire to go online and show their support on Twitter @yorkshireanthem and via the fan page at www.facebook.com/Yorkshireanthem.