Chris Kamara Launches Music Career And Bid For Christmas Number One
After the news the other day that Tyson Fury is set to release a Christmas song with Robbie Williams, you might be shocked and dismayed to learn that Chris Kamara is throwing his Santa hat into the ring as well this festive season.
The 61-year-old - famous largely for saying 'unbelievable, Jeff!' to a selection of entirely believable things - is releasing an entire album of Yuletide songs entitled Here's to Christmas.
He's keen to get across that he's not doing this for a laugh. He wants to break into the Christmas market more commonly cornered by Michael Bublé, rather than the novelty Crimbo world inhabited by such luminaries as Mr Blobby, The Teletubbies and Bob the Builder.
He said: "Initially, I thought we would do lots of gimmicky things and we'll have a laugh.
"I've been asked to release songs called 'Unbelievable' all the time and I actually wouldn't have minded.
"Then they told me, 'No, no, this is a serious album, we've got belief in you that this'll do OK. We think you're good'."
As far as careers go, Kammy has had a bit of a strange one by anyone's standards.
After enjoying a decent career as a footballer and manager, he moved into punditry and has become a household name as a result of his exuberance and - occasionally accidental - humour.
He made the crossover into mainstream broadcasting and has worked on shows like Ninja Warrior UK alongside Ben Shephard and singer Rochelle Humes.
Oh, and along the way he also managed to make a cameo appearance in Emmerdale.
Basically, it should come as no surprise that he now wants to cut it as a singer.
He was inspired to follow his long-held dreams of musical stardom after an appearance on BBC One's singing show All Together Now last year.
Kammy continued: "I sang 'Your Song' by Elton John, and Silva Screen Records were watching. They got in touch with my agent, then had the idea of the Christmas album.
"I never thought in my wildest dreams I'd ever be offered a record deal, and to get a Christmas number one would be huge for any performer, let alone an ex-footballer."
Of the song, he added: "The new song sounds like a Christmas song you've heard over and over a million times - but no one has ever sung it."
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