A WIGAN musician has spoken about the toughest test of his career as a songwriter: Penning a track to help a brave toddler battling a rare cancer.
Paul Southward, from The Beautiful Losers, wrote Little Warrior to raise money for Braiden Lee Prescott who is currently battling neuroblastoma, a rare and aggressive form of cancer.
Pemberton guitarist Paul, who was spurred into action after meeting Braiden and his family and hearing about their struggle to pay for specialist treatment in America, recorded the song at the Lounge Studios in Wigan after enlisting keyboardist Marc Hope, vocalist Nick Dickinson, bassist Danny Caulwell and Paul’s fellow Beautiful Losers member John Roberts on guitar.
The group also filmed a star-studded video at The Deanery High School with a special guest appearance from GB wheelchair basketball star Jon Pollock.
Paul, 32, said: “I’ve been writing songs since I was 15 but never written anything for charity, and I quickly realised it was going to be the hardest thing I’ve ever done, and it felt like the pressure was on.
“As it was for charity I decided it would also be nice to have a children’s choir on the track, so I placed an advert asking for youngsters and we got quite a good response. The name has nothing to do with the Wigan rugby team, I just thought he’s brave because in photos he’s always got his thumbs up.
“Braiden’s family have heard the track and they loved it, which was my main concern. Sending a copy off to America was probably my proudest moment as a songwriter. His family also told me people in America have started calling him the Little Warrior, so I’m pleased that it’s caught on like that.”
Little Warrior will now be released as a DVD of the song and video to help raise money, and Paul is also planning a festival with the group and their friends’ bands taking to the live stage to help support Braiden.
He said: “We loved playing the song and gelled really quickly in the studio. We want to play the song live a few times and I’ve got some other tracks written too.”
Little Warrior will be available through the appeal’s Facebook page as a DVD later this month and as audio from March.