A MUSIC producer from Solihull has teamed up with a Big Issue vendor to produce a charity record.
Tim Sherlock-Brown was inspired to work with Vernon Burgess after seeing the Brummie busker on Skint - a BBC series all about the homeless.
“I saw the first episodes of Slint years ago and instantly recognised Vernon’s potential,” said Tim. “I said to my mum, ‘I want to make a Christmas record with that guy’.”
Two years later and the project has become a reality. Vernon, who is still a familiar face in Birmingham city centre, has recorded the song alongside girl band Belle Sorelle. Proceeds from the single will go to some of the UK’s leading homeless charities.
“The current economic climate is producing more homeless people by the day and they need our help,” explained Tim.
“Vernon’s Song raises awareness for the homeless and brings much needed attention to all homeless charities at Christmas, not just ours.”
And the project might not be over yet. In the future, Tim will be looking at producing a whole album - using the lyrics and vocals of the homeless people.
Vernon’s Song is available to download now from iTunes and Amazon. You can find out more about the project by going to www.facebook.com and searching for the song’s title.