An array of musicians have teamed up for an all-star lineup to celebrate the music of John Lennon, supporting a great cause in the process. All proceeds from an official digital release of Lennon covers, performed during a special concert last year, will be donated to War Child UK, with the album being released on 11th June 2021.
The project ‘Dear John’ was started in 2019 by Sepp Osley and his band ‘Blurred Vision’. A variety of artists came together to celebrate the music, legacy and what would have been the 80th birthday of The Beatles icon. The 2nd ‘Dear John’ event would be in different circumstances, hosted virtually last year in the middle of the national lockdown.
Sepp commented: “I began reaching out to artists around the world who I respected and admired. Before I knew it, an unbelievable roster of artists had signed up and were going to be a part of the 80th birthday celebrations for our mutual hero and help us raise money for the charity so close to my heart.”
The new release will be a digital charity album, recorded during the 2nd event. The hope is that the record will inspire change through support of the charity, with Sepp Osley and his band ‘Blurred Vision’ performing a selection of tracks with special guest stars from around the music industry.
Special guests include Maxi Jazz (Faithless), KT Tunstall, John Illsley (Dire Straits), Nick van Eede (Cutting Crew), Gowan (Styx), Graham Gouldman (10cc) and Mollie Marriott.
The full track listing for the record is as follows:
1. STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER – BLURRED VISION
2. REAL LOVE – BLURRED VISION feat LAURA JEAN ANDERSON
3. DON’T LET ME DOWN – BLURRED VISION feat MOLLIE MARRIOTT
4. ACROSS THE UNIVERSE – GRAHAM GOULDMAN of 10CC
5. NORWEGIAN WOOD – NICK VAN EEDE of CUTTING CREW
6. POWER TO THE PEOPLE – MAXI JAZZ of FAITHLESS
7. TOMORROW NEVER KNOWS – GOWAN of STYX
8. DEAR JOHN – BLURRED VISION feat NICK VAN EEDE
9. A DAY IN THE LIFE – BLURRED VISION
10. GIMME SOME TRUTH – KT TUNSTALL
11. I’M ONLY SLEEPING – JOHN ILLSLEY of DIRE STRAITS
12. INSTANT KARMA – BLURRED VISION feat MOLLIE MARRIOTT
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