A WIGAN singer has volunteered to allow his music to be played for free at some charity shops across the borough.
When 21-year-old Scott Chapman, of Whitley, read an article in the Evening Post about Wigan and Leigh Hospice not being able to play music in its 12 shops, due to the increased cost of licences, he agreed to allow the hospice to play his own tunes in the shops.
As the cost per licence rocketed from £80 a year to £180, meaning the total amount would jump from £960 a year to a massive £2,160, bosses announced they could not afford to renew them to play songs,
But Scott was desperate to help the volunteers and offered to allow them to play his CD free of charge.
The stores will also sell his album – Scott Chapman – with proceeds going towards the charity. He said; “I perform up and down the country, so when I got the chance to play my own music in Wigan and Leigh, I had to take it.
“Instead of paying for a licence, this is a fantastic opportunity to showcase talent that is local and show support for a local cause.
“Plus this is the first time my album will be physically available, which is exciting.
“I really wanted to help as much as I could and do my best for the town.
“I had a tour of the hospice and I was blown-away as it is an incredible organisation and I am only too happy to support the amazing work they do.”
Janet Fletcher, hospice shops co-ordinator, said; “Scott seems destined for a great career in music and we are very grateful for his very generous support.
“I have heard his CD and it is fantastic, You must call in and listen.”
Scott is no stranger to supporting charities as he also works with the Prince’s Trust and Destination Florida.
His songs are also heard worldwide, as his two albums on iTunes - Scott Chapman Life in Phases and
Scott and Ben The Mixed Motion, in which he has collaborated with pal Ben Fearnley, 20, of Standish – are downloaded in China, Germany and Canada.
Scott added: “I have had five star ratings and people have commented on it from all over the world.”
Scott’s album, which includes tracks from his two iTunes offerings, will be available from Wigan and Leigh shops next week.