A HOST of talented Denbighshire vocalists are set to bring pop glamour to an appeal.
Artists from Rhyl and Prestatyn will step up to the microphone at The Bodfor in Rhyl on March 31 to raise funds for Operation AJ, an appeal to help six-year-old AJ Tighe find his feet after a life-changing procedure in America.
The event, which includes rapper Jay Merrill and others, has been arranged by prolific Prestatyn singer-songwriter Chantal Louise Lappin, who will take to the stage to duet with Sami Brookes of X Factor fame.
Chantal, who is 22 and originally from Rhyl, said: “I have written a song for me and Sami Brookes. It will be finished this week - it’s called Deranged, and is a party banger song. I’ve written one for me and Pretty Girl Rock too.
“I’ve sang with Sami before - she’s a friend of mine. My mum’s a singer, and she used to sing with Sami as well!”
Money raised will go toward the Operation AJ appeal, which so far has raised more than £40,000 to send the little boy, who has cerebral palsy, to the US for surgery that may help him walk unaided.
Although the operation has been booked for April, family and supporters are raising funds for physiotherapy and post-operation care.
Chantal said: “I chose Operation AJ because I love the fact that his parents would do anything for their child and I would do the same for my two daughters.
“Parents stick together in cases like this - it’s just my natural instinct to help. I will encourage other acts to do the same.”
Chantal’s creative efforts will continue after the night, as she is recording a song specifically for AJ, and has been heard on the airwaves on ajfm, the online radio station.
Andrew Telford of Old Colwyn, father to little AJ, said: “This will be the biggest charity gig to hit Rhyl in 2012 so far”.
The gig starts at 8pm and entry is £5 donation on the door.