A Rhyl musician and podcast producer has released a charity Christmas single.

Finnlay Kulavuz, who performs under the name Finnlay K, wrote and recorded the single entitled Laura's Gone as part of his work on comedy podcast Have A Word hosted by comedians Adam Rowe and Dan Nightingale.

The tune, released on December 17, was recorded at the Motor Museum Recording Studio in Liverpool, used by the likes of Oasis and The Arctic Monkeys and has received national airplay and attracted the attention of The Times and LadBible.

Bookmakers such as Paddy Power, Bet 365 and William Hill have even placed the song as third favourite to be Christmas Number One spot behind only Lad Baby and Elton John.

One hundred per cent of proceeds raised from the charity single will be donated to charity - fifty per cent to children's hospice Zoe's Place, and the other half to The Childhood Eye Cancer Trust (CHECT).

"The song came from a running joke on the podcast," said former Rhyl High pupil Finnlay.

"After showing it to the other guys at the podcast, they asked if I'd like to perform it to close our live shows. The reaction we had was brilliant so the idea to go for Christmas number one was born.

"I've been playing the guitar since the age of 14 and have been performing in bars across the North West and North Wales since the age of 16. I typically do cover gigs at the weekends.

"Recording at The Motor Museum was an absolute dream come true for me.

Rhyl Journal: Finnlay (pictured centre) alongside Adam Rowe and Dan Nightingale during the recording session at The Motor Museum.Finnlay (pictured centre) alongside Adam Rowe and Dan Nightingale during the recording session at The Motor Museum.

"It's a really catchy song and despite not being particularly Christmassy I hope it does well and raises a lot of money for two brilliant causes.

"Christmas songs to me have to have a really catchy chorus that people of any age can sing along to.

"In recent years the top of the Christmas charts has been parodies of classic pop songs so we decided to do an original tune in the hope of changing it up."

"Zoe's Place is a charity close to the hearts of Adam and Carl," said Finn.

"They've done various fundraising events for them over the years and wanted to continue that work with Laura's Gone.

"A listener of ours emailed us to ask if we would consider donating part of the profits to CHECT, as they have a family member who has benefited from the amazing work they do.

"We decided between us that we would split 100 per cent of the profits between the charities and we're hoping to raise a lot of money for them.

"The bookies initially had us at 14/1 odds before we'd even announced the single.

"After we announced it and got a huge response from our fans our odds were shortened to 6/1. "We're currently outsiders for the top spot, but everyone loves an underdog.

"It would mean the world to me to reach number one.

"Ever since I was little I have always dreamed of making music my living.

"Having a number one would bring that dream a little bit closer to becoming a reality."

To buy or stream Laura's Gone visit https://laurasgone.com/.

You can also watch the video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LUt6kP6NuQs