Song tribute for a friend

Sandal musician Matt Hodges has released a single he penned in tribute to his former schoolmate, Alex Dawson, who died during 2007.'w6619b141
Sandal musician Matt Hodges has released a single he penned in tribute to his former schoolmate, Alex Dawson, who died during 2007.'w6619b141

A MUSICIAN will pay tribute to a friend who died from a rare form of bone cancer in his debut single.

It’s All About Me by former Queen Elizabeth Grammar School pupil, Matt Hodges, remembers his close friend Alex Dawson, who was just 16 when he died from an aggressive form of osteosarcoma in 2007.

The 20-year-old was scouted by a Radio 2 producer after he wrote and performed a song at Alex’s funeral.

Mr Hodges is using the single to raise money for the Teenage Cancer Trust (TCT), which helped Alex. He will also perform at TCT’s ball in Leeds this Saturday.

Mr Hodges, who is originally from Sandal but now lives in London, was back at his old school performing this week.

Alex’s mum, Sarah Dawson, of Saffron Court, Alverthorpe, said her son would have been thrilled by Matt’s achievements.

She said: “Al made sure when he came out from treatment Matt was the first person he got to see.

“In fact, the last time Al visited anyone was to have tea with Matt and his family the week before he died.

“All through his journey Matt had said he wanted to do something with his music to support Teenage Cancer Trust and this is that moment.”

Mr Hodges said: “Our friendship was very tight, we understood each other very well.

“He’d definitely be proud and to be honest he would probably say that this is just the beginning of everything to come with my music.”

He said his music mogul mentor, Paul Gambaccini, had made him strive for his single to reach a place in the top 40.

Mr Hodges said: “He knows so much, he has been in the industry so long so he is a very helpful guy to have on board,” he said.

It’s About Me is available to buy from all major download sites from Monday.