The hottest boy band, Blake, is having a pretty hot year. The trio is on tour throughout the UK, along with tours in the Philippines, South Korea, Barbados and Russia. да! What’s more important is that Blake’s first Christmas album, “A Classic Christmas”, has been released. What’s even more important, so important we thank God and Santa for the gift, is that Dame Shirley Bassey, has recorded “The Christmas Song” with the handsome trio. They appeared live on “The Graham Norton Show,” who graciously allowed us to lost the segment for everything to examine and enjoy.
Here’s the insight scoop on how Blake teamed with Dame Shirley: “Blake sang ‘Moon River’ at my seventieth birthday party, and then we met again at the reception of [the charity] Variety’s seventieth anniversary six months ago. [Blake member] Ollie [Baines] mentioned singing a Christmas song together, and I said I’ve never done a Christmas song before!.
Blake admits they “toyed with the idea” of writing a brand new original song but decided that when recording a voice as iconic as hers, only an absolute classic would do. Blake member Stephen Bowman explains: “We listened to Dame Shirley’s most recent recordings, as well as her past albums, watched a lot of YouTube clips from dozens of live shows, then started to compile a short list of about five songs. We felt sure that Dame Shirley could make a hit out of any of the songs on our list, so we sent it over and let her choose the one that she liked best–which was ‘The Christmas Song’.” Says Dame Shirley: “After recording the song, I was quite overwhelmed because it just fits my voice so well. I was amazed how well our voices blended.”
Mixing eclectic classical and pop songs with rich harmony vocals, harmony singers Blake launched their first album in 2007, just six months after reuniting as friends on Facebook. The debut album went straight to Number One in the UK Classical Album Chart and into the Top 20 Pop Chart.
Blake have harmony and heart: All the profits from “The Christmas Song” single will be donated to Variety, the children’s charity; profits also go to Dame Shirley’s cause. “It’s so lovely to finally get to release a Christmas song” she says, “and my royalties will go to my children’s hospital, Noah’s Ark in Cardiff.”
As Dame Shirley sings; “And so I’m offering this simple phrase/To kids from one to ninety-two/Although it’s been said many times, many ways/Merry Christmas to you!”