Falkirk Bafta winner aims for Christmas number one

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A Scottish Bafta winner is bidding to be the Christmas number one this year with a song full of the festive spirit.

Paul Conry, from Falkirk, and two pals have released a tune they hope will buck the trend of not having a Christmas song at the top of the charts for the past decade.

Paul Conry, who has released a Christmas song

Paul Conry, who has released a Christmas song

The 31-year-old is a lyricist and a senior tester for Ruffian Games in Dundee which has worked on titles such as Star Wars Kinect, Mortal Kombat, Manhunt and Grand Theft Auto.

He came up with the idea for the Christmas Is Here track on his commute to the City of Discovery and enlisted the help of friends Lewis Marriott, Andy Boyd and Derek Sigurdsson to make it a reality.

The song is described as a mix between The Darkness and Cliff Richard, and Paul is hoping its Christmas theme will beat off number one favourites from the X Factor and John Lewis advert.

Paul, a diehard Bairns fan who won a Bafta in 2011 for his work on the game Quarrel, said: “There hasn’t been a Christmas song at Christmas number one for over a decade and I wanted to try and change that.

“By writing a song which captures the essence of Christmas and making it widely available across digital platforms, we’ve got a chance to break the cycle and make Christmas Is Here the first Christmas song at Christmas number one in far too long.

“It would be nice to hear it played at Falkirk Stadium when I’m watching the team. I’ll be there on Saturday.”

Paul, who now lives in Stirling, will also donate any profits the song makes to a charity fans vote for on the Facebook page.

Paul added: “I hope that this will be recognised for the festive cheer it emanates while also raising money for a worthwhile charity we hope music lovers will help us choose.”

The song is available to buy on iTunes, Google Play, Amazon, Spotify and SoundCloud. To vote for a charity to benefit from the song’s proceeds visit www.facebook.com/christmasishere2015. It’s also on Twitter with the tag @XmasIsHere2015.