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Shakin' Stevens Christmas song to raise funds for Sally Army

The Salvation Army has launched a social media campaign to back Shakin’ Stevens to be the UK’s Christmas No 1 this year using the hashtag #Shaky4number1 ...

The Salvation Army today launched a social media campaign to back Shakin’ Stevens to be the UK’s Christmas No 1 this year using the hashtag #Shaky4number1

Proceeds from Shaky’s new single, called Echoes of Merry Christmas Everyone, will support the work of the Church and charity, which helps thousands of vulnerable people every year.  

2015 marks The Salvation Army’s 150th birthday and the 30th anniversary of music icon Shakin’ Stevens’ classic Merry Christmas Everyone, which topped the charts in 1985 and continues to re-chart globally each year. 

To celebrate the occasion, and for a cause close to his heart, Shaky has re-recorded the hit in a folk-rock style, and renamed it as Echoes Of Merry Christmas Everyone, with the proceeds of sales for this year going to The Salvation Army. The song, out now via Right Track/Universal, also hints at the feel of his new album, due in 2016.   

Shakin' Stevens has been a long-time supporter of the church and charity, and has family who are members. He hopes that the single will be a celebration of The Salvation Army's 150th anniversary this year, and will help to support vulnerable people in need across the UK and the Republic of Ireland.  

Shaky said: “The Salvation Army are fighting against the growing scourge of modern slavery and human trafficking, providing refuge for those suffering from domestic abuse, giving food and shelter to homeless people, also supporting older members of the community, and relief during major disasters.”

Julius Wolff-Ingham, Head of Marketing and Fundraising for The Salvation Army, added: "Shakin' Stevens is a music icon and The Salvation Army has really enjoyed working with him on the video. It's not Christmas without The Salvation Army – joining forces with Shaky is a great way for us to raise funds and show everyone what we do. 

"The Salvation Army can be trusted to put faith into action and provide caring, practical help at Christmas time and all year round. The money raised from this single will go directly to helping people who need us the most at this time of year." 

The work featured in the video includes emergency food parcels, meal runs, older people's lunch clubs, drop-in sessions for people experiencing homelessness, Hadleigh Training Centre for people with learning disabilities, older peoples' homes, and international disaster relief work in Haiti, Zambia, Kenya and Bangladesh. 

Shakin’ Stevens is a unique International Artist, whose music appeals to a diverse audience. In the UK he has had 39 hit singles (including four number 1s) – notching up the equivalent of more than 9 years in the charts, also earning the accolade of being the biggest selling singles artist of a decade (80s) - to quote from the Guinness Book of British Hit Singles And Albums; “Shares with The Beatles (60s) and Elton John (70s) the distinction of being the most successful UK singles chart performer of a decade.”

Stevens has earned a multitude of Gold, Platinum and Double Platinum Discs for his albums, and a plethora of global honours and prestigious industry awards.

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