Chris ‘Kammy’ Kamara has announced his debut album, Here’s to Christmas, will be released on 15 November on So What.
The presenter, known to many as being the voice of Saturday afternoons, lends his expressive croon to the sounds of brass, strings and swing on Christmas standards including Winter Wonderland, It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas, and Santa Baby.
‘Unbelievable Jeff’? Maybe not! A love of big band music has always been in Kammy’s blood, and he was well-known amongst his teammates from his days as a football player as having a remarkably soulful voice.
Here’s to Christmas was recorded at Angel Recording Studios in London, produced by Rick Clark (who has previously worked with, amongst many others, Hans Zimmer on BBC’s Emmy Award Nominated Planet Earth II and Blue Planet II), with vocal production by Larry Hibbitt and Richard Scott.
On his love of music and his debut album, Kammy said: “I know it might be surprising to some, but anyone who knows me – especially those who shared a changing room with me in my playing days who first told me I could sing – will tell you what a big fan I am of big band music.
“Never in my wildest dreams did I think I’d get to record a full album, though!
“Here’s to Christmas is something I’m really proud of and I think it stands up as something fun, but something that doesn’t sound half bad too – an album to get everyone into the swing of Christmas!”
Known in his days as a football player for being a tough-tackling midfield enforcer, Kammy played for teams including Brentford, Stoke, and Leeds before moving into management.
His irreverent style in analysing matches for Sky Sports’ Gillette Soccer Special on Saturday afternoons has seen him become a national treasure, presenting ITV’s Ninja Warrior UK, and appearing on many notable primetime shows as a guest.
Here’s To Christmas
Let It Snow!
Rudolph The Red Nose Reindeer
Santa Clause Is Coming To Town
Have Yourself A Very Merry Christmas
Frosty The Snowman
Walking In A Winter Wonderland
It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas