A singer has released an album to raise money for NHS Charities Together. Stephen Matthews was brought up in Cwmbran and his parents still live in St Dials.
He said: “We’re all trying our best to support each other during these challenging times, but one of the areas that is still under so much pressure is the NHS. We have so much to thank them for, so I wanted to help in some small way.
“Back in 2006, I released a successful jazz album called Call Me Irresponsible. It was only available as a CD and went out of print in 2010. I changed career and went back to my real name, swapping the acting business for the perfume industry, and the recording was archived.”
“Spending so much time at home recently gave me the chance to finally go through the last few boxes that were never opened when we moved and, in one of them, I found all of the original paperwork and masters.
“So after fourteen years, and with the help of my original producer Richard Niles, Call Me Irresponsible is available to download and stream with all of the profits going to NHS Charities Together. It’s been great fun to revisit these recordings, and I can’t believe it was 14 years ago.
“It’s now available worldwide on iTunes, Apple Music, Spotify and other streaming services. All of the profits go to the charity.”
It also includes two bonus tracks that didn’t appear on the album but were recorded during those original sessions back in January 2006.
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