A Northumberland singer-songwriter is fulfilling a lifelong ambition of releasing an album of self-penned songs.
To add to the feat, a guest list of world renowned musicians are involved, and Graham Chambers, of Ulgham near Morpeth, has worked on the project for 14 months, prior to last week’s release.
He said “I’ve written songs for many years and it’s something I’ve always wanted to do, but never took the plunge like I just have. It was a chat with piano player Elio Pace in Kendal that convinced me and gave me the encouragement to get the project under way.”
Mr Chambers has added a star-studded cast of musicians to help out on the album.
He said: “I’ve been fortunate enough to have met some of my musical inspirations over the years, and even more fortunate that some of those have contributed to my music by playing on this album.”
Musicians on the album include Albert Lee on guitar, who has played with the Everly brothers; Emylou Harris; Kenny Vaughan, of Nashville country star Marty Stuart’s band; John David, number one hit songwriter and member of Dave Edmunds’ band; Elio Pace on piano, star of the Billy Joel songbook and band leader of Wogan’s radio shows; Ray Beavis on sax, of the Suzy Quattro band; and Pete Lincoln of Sweet.
A host of North East musical stalwarts are also involved.
Mr Chambers said: “I’m so humbled that musicians and singers of this calibre have agreed to perform and record for me. It means so much personally and has added so much to the final album.”
The project has been masterminded by producer Ally Lee at Mill Studios in Alnwick.
Mr Chambers said: “I’ve so much to thank Ally for in giving me my songs that will last forever, he really is a genius.”