Former Limpsfield resident, Alex Martin has launched an “instant Christmas classic” on all music platforms today!
Currently living in East Dulwich, Alex Martin, whose family still lives in Limpsfield, grew up in Limpsfield on Trevereux Hill and attended Limpsfield Infants School. After many years of playing around with an idea, he has just launched a new Christmas song through his company Big Bang Films, sung by up-and-coming singer-songwriter, Isla Croll, who featured in the semi finals of The Voice Kids in 2020 and won our hearts with her rendition of Summertime.
Already receiving great reviews, the song has been described as “an instant Christmas classic” and includes all the elements you’d hope to find in a catchy singalong Christmas tune with a heart-warming backstory and lovely animated video featuring an avatar based on Isla herself and her lost pup, Mungo, inspired by Alex’s own much-loved rescue dog.
It’s a little reminiscent of Mariah Carey, Phil Spector and lots of the other classic sounds you associate with Christmas. When you hear the song, you immediately think of Love Actually, so it’s bound to be a Christmas winner!
Alex originally wrote the lyrics and music and arrangements for the song in around 2008, just messing about in his spare time.
“The melody wasn’t originally destined to be a Christmas song,” said Alex, “but then once I started writing the lyrics it kind of lent itself to a Christmas song and it sort of snowballed from there (haha).”
Alex was trying to find a singer through local schools, and couldn’t find anyone right, but eventually found Isla, having decided to look at the popular contestants of TV shows such as The Voice and Britain’s Got Talent.
Isla first enjoyed a moment in the spotlight when she competed on ‘The Voice Kids’ in 2020 at just 15, where her jazzy performance of ‘Summertime’ inspired all four judges – will.i.am, Pixie Lott, Paloma Faith and Danny Jones of McFly – to turn their chairs in approval. After reaching the semi-final, she started an immensely promising solo career, which has seen her early soul/pop/jazz songs such as ‘Wondering’ and ‘Left In The Background’ earn the support of BBC Introducing.https://www.islacroll.com/
The project was completed with Big Bang Films producing the animated video, realised by CEDGE Productions, while the song was mixed by Andy Dragazis of Blue States.
You can view it and download the song today on multiple platforms using the following link: https://hypeddit.com/islacroll/pleasecomebackforchristmas
Full disclosure: Alex Martin is my brother and we’re very excited about this project!