Weston musician goes for world record glory

PUBLISHED: 19:00 24 August 2017

Ian Lawton at his recording studio in Weston.

Ian Lawton at his recording studio in Weston.

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A Weston musician is hoping to seal himself a place in the record books as his latest charity offering looks to make history.

Ian Lawton, who has been in the music business for 30 years but took an extended break to focus on being a dad, has recorded a version of charity song Ray Of Hope.

Ray Of Hope has been recorded in hundreds of different languages and with a host of different melodies, and Ian is waiting to hear whether it is the song which has been recorded the most times in different ways.

The song raises money for a host of humanitarian projects across the world and Ian said he was ‘touched’ to receive a message of thanks from a Ugandan boy for the help the song has given him.

Ian, who is 52, told the Mercury he cannot believe the song is being played all over the world and he is ‘overwhelmed’ by the response.

He said: “I just want people to enjoy my music and that is what seems to be happening.

“The Ray Of Hope project is truly amazing and we recorded a number of versions here in Weston, so I am waiting to hear if we have got the world record. I was sent a lot of versions and then mixed them so they sounded different and of better quality.”

Ian has also become somewhat of a country music sensation over in Ireland and has made a number of television appearances there too.

But for all his new tracks he has recorded his accompanying music videos in Weston and the surrounding area.

He said: “You can recognise where I have filmed my music. We have been to Burnham, Brean, Brent Knoll and Weston.

“I have lived here since 2010 so I am proud of it.”

Ian has a recording studio in Weston and is also working with upcoming talent, giving them a chance to record, too.

He added: “There is so much local talent here in Weston. I really want to help them as that is what I love. We are very lucky to have lots of opportunities to perform here, too.”

To download Ray Of Hope, visit www.songweavers.com

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