Norwich group the Christmas Collective hoping to beat The X Factor to Christmas number one

The team behind the Christmas Collective Christmas single. Picture Proclaimers

The team behind the Christmas Collective Christmas single. Picture Proclaimers - Credit: Proclaimers

Driven by the desire for a Christmassy Number one after years of X Factor and songs about anything but Christmas, a collective of people from Norwich have come together to make an audacious bid for chart success.

The team from Christmas Collective have crowd sourced lyrics from their local community and auditioned members of the public for the festive tune called Dance Tonight (It's Christmas).

The collective, made up of amongst others a waitress, taxi driver, music shop employee and an overseas student have been brought together as the result of a initiative by Norwich based church, Proclaimers.

'We wanted to produce a song that was all about what people love about Christmas,' said Phil Temple, the co-ordinator behind the project. 'It's been 12 years since we last had a song about Christmas as the Christmas number one here in the UK. So we decided it's time to make Christmas number one Christmassy again.'

The group have spent the last month using social media to collaborate with the community to piece together a catchy Christmas song which will be released on Friday December 16.

Profits from the song will be shared between two Norwich based charities - Break and Love Norwich.

• The single will be available to purchase on iTunes, Google Music and Amazon Music from Friday 16th December.

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