Video: Norfolk singer Leon James charts alongside Beyonce and Eminem with charity song One in a Million Girl

Leon Mallett who is releasing his late fathers lost single in his memory. He discovered a box of singles in the loft.
Andy James was a singer who entertained the crowds at Britannia Pier in Great Yarmouth

Picture: James Bass Leon Mallett who is releasing his late fathers lost single in his memory. He discovered a box of singles in the loft. Andy James was a singer who entertained the crowds at Britannia Pier in Great Yarmouth Picture: James Bass

Thursday, June 19, 2014
11:52 AM

A young singer whose charity single is storming up the official charts says it feels “surreal” to see his name alongside Beyonce and Eminem.

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Andy James (pictured) was a local club singer

His son Leon Mallett is releasing his late fathers lost single in his memory. He discovered a box of singles in the loft.

Picture: SuppliedAndy James (pictured) was a local club singer His son Leon Mallett is releasing his late fathers lost single in his memory. He discovered a box of singles in the loft. Picture: Supplied

Leon Mallett recorded One in a Million Girl to raise money for Cancer Research UK after his dad Andrew, a well known entertainer on the east coast, died in March, aged 55, following a long battle with cancer.

In his heyday Mr Mallett, who performed under the name Andy James, had been a popular fixture on Great Yarmouth’s Britannia Pier.

It was while looking through his dad’s vinyl collection that 19-year-old Leon, now following in his father’s musical footsteps, came across an original song which made such an impression he decided to record and release it himself.

The pop reggae single was released on Monday and less than 24 hours later was on the edge of the Top 100 official chart.

Leon James' single One in a Million Girl has hit the iTunes chartLeon James' single One in a Million Girl has hit the iTunes chart

It debuted at number one in iTunes’ reggae chart and, as of this afternoon, had reached number 103 in the download chart.

Leon, who performs as Leon James, said: “It’s really exciting. When I woke up on Monday morning I had a missed call and messages from a friend who told me I was top of the reggae chart. It’s surreal when I’m looking through the chart and I see my name next to people like Beyonce and Eminem.”

The young performer said the song, along with the official video which he shot in Yarmouth, Sherringham and Lingwood, was given a boost on Sunday when it was shared by the Cancer Research Facebook page, which has more than one million likes.

And now it is out, family friend Jeremy Metcalf is calling on music lovers to “keep the momentum going” and help Leon’s single reach the Top 40 before 4pm on Sunday so it can be played on BBC Radio One’s Official Chart Show.

“I’m so proud of him; he’s not doing this for self promotion,” said Mr Metcalf.

“He’s raising money for a fantastic cause and he’s doing it for his dad. Andy’s up there with a big smile on his face, I’m sure.”

Leon, who lives in Lingwood, regularly sings in pubs, clubs and hotels and on Father’s Day, performed a fundraising show at Halvergate where his dad grew up and raised more than £600 for Priscilla Bacon Lodge in Norwich where Mr Mallet was cared for.

One in a Million Girl can be downloaded via iTunes.

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  • Such a lovely tribute Leon, for your dad, Andy would be so proud of you. It's a brilliant song.x

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    Marie Donovan

    Thursday, June 19, 2014

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