WATCH: Alcester songwriter in final of global competition
AN ALCESTER singer-songwriter has reached the final of an international song competition inspired by John Lennon.
Jack Blackman’s song “Give A Little Kindness” reached the bottom 50 of the International Song For Kindness competition.
The global competition was launched in memory of John Lennon in what would have been his 80th birthday and also celebrates more than 50 years since the launch of “Imagine”. The goal is to find a new song that inspires a message of hope, unity and kindness.
1,569 songs were submitted from 18 countries, with Jack’s tune making the top 50 entries.
Jack recorded the song at his house during the lockdown and he played all the instruments on the track.
He said: “My dad saw the contest and said I should try writing something. I had written and recorded a lot during the lockdown and the kindness message really spoke to me.
“There is certainly a nod to John Lennon in there, we had to write a response to ‘Imagine’. Listeners will be able to tell the references to the Beatles.”
Jack has been performing since the age of 14 playing blues, folk and roots music and his music has been described as “exceptional” by Bob Harris of BBC Radio 2.
The 27-year-old performs solo and with his band The Beautiful Wreck, alongside his brother Ewan.
He added, “I usually have a bluesy and American sound, but with the band I like to rock.”
The top 50 songs will be judged by award-winning songwriters Shelly Poole, Paul Statham and Duncan Lewis who have worked with Kylie Minogue, Janet Jackson and Massive Attack.
The top ten acts will be announced in September, and the performers will take the stage at the legendary Cavern Club in Liverpool.