Youth group aims for Christmas Number One

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The Youth Radio Network is aiming to hit top spot with The Man in the Red Velvet Suit

11th November 2019 by Gareth Jones 0 Comments

Ambitious young Scottish musicians are aiming to secure a Christmas Number One hit.

The Youth Radio Network has worked with 20 young people from across Scotland to perform and record the new single The Man in the Red Velvet Suit. The single will be released at midnight on 1 December and has already won promises of airtime from over 100 local radio stations across the UK.

The Youth Radio Network is an online digital platform for young people aged eight to 25 years old with the aim to teach, empower and entertain through the power of music and digital technology.

The not for profit organisation was set up in 2016 by Keiran Harvey from Midlothian who despite only being 16 years old at the time won financial backing from the O2 Think Big awards to put his dream into action. Since then, Keiran has worked with over 100 young musicians and technicians across Scotland putting on events such as The Waverley Sessions in partnership with Waverley Mall in Edinburgh to the Great Scottish Walk Run 2017, Youth Talent Showcase 2018 and various PRIDE events, all aimed at giving young and upcoming performers a space to showcase their talent.

Keiran, 18, said: “Through our work at The Youth Radio Network we’ve seen a wealth of musical talent in and around Scotland. We’ve nurtured these up and coming performers and given them a public platform on which to perform, learn and grow as musicians, in a location at the heart of one of the most creative cities in the world which is Edinburgh.

“But we’re hungry for more! We decided to bring all the talent together in one place, to create a potential number one Christmas hit single called The Man in the Red Velvet Suit.

“This single was written by Einstein’s Wardrobe who then donated the version of the song to The Youth Radio Network to allow a group of 20 musicians to recreate and record the song. We have worked with the young people over the last 11 months and we’re confident we can reach that No 1 slot in the Christmas charts!”

Half of the money raised will go to the network, whilst the remaining funds will go towards helping disadvantaged youngsters.

The single will be available on all major platforms, including Spotify and iTunes.