A STAFFORD musician is leading the charge to number one in the itunes download chart with a single written about Stephen Sutton that has sold 15,000 copies overnight.
Martin Stanyer wrote Hope Ain’t a Bad Thing for the Staffordshire teenager who died of cancer last month.
The pair worked together last year at Burntwood’s Neon Sound Studios where Stephen rehearsed with his band from the age of 14.
The song was recorded there and went live on itunes last night and went straight to number two behind Ed Sheeran.
It features a message from Stephen and has the backing of his mother.
“Stephen’s mum got word of it via the studios and she’s given us her blessing and shared it on his Facebook page,” said Martin.
“”We are in a battle with Ed Sheeran to get to the top of the UK download charts.”
The producers and 40-plus musicians involved under the collective name of The Neon Brotherhood spent 96 hours recording and mixing it at the studios where Stephen had gone to rehearse with his band from the age of 14.
It went live on itunes last night and by this morning it had sold more than 15,000 copies.
Producer and studio owner Mike Newey said: “It’s been an emotional time especially last week seeing him at (Lichfield) cathedral and going to his funeral.
“He was a great lad and you could have a laugh with him.”
His wife and co-owner of the studio Kate Hoare said: “It’s just gone mad. We never expected this. We knew that more people would be downloading it because his mum Jane had heard the track and loved it but we didn’t expect this.”
To download the single go to https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/hope-aint-a-bad-thing-single/id885059470?ls=1. All proceeds will go to The Teenage Cancer Trust.