AUDIO: Washington songwriter shares his London 2012 Olympic dream

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A WAREHOUSE worker is hoping to top the charts with his song for the Olympics.

Nigel Graham, from High Usowrth in Washington, spent thousands of pounds converting a room in his house into a recording studio, so he could his indulge his passion for music.

Nigel Graham, of Wellbank Road, Washington, who has recorded a song for the 2012 Olympics

Nigel Graham, of Wellbank Road, Washington, who has recorded a song for the 2012 Olympics

And this is a clip of a song the 42-year-old has written, composed and recorded – and he believes could be the country’s Olympic anthem.

Called Nigel’s Olympic Song 2012, the song was created using specialist music production software, which Nigel has taught himself to use.

The tune, which combines Nigel’s vocals with a stadium rock sound, is on sale online via websites including iTunes, Amazon and Tesco Entertainment.

He said: “Music was always a childhood hobby, then I decided to build a studio in my house.

“My dream is to sing it in the Olympic stadium, but I am realistic.

“It would be nice if it happened, but if it doesn’t, it doesn’t.”

Nigel has featured on radio station Metro FM, where he chatted to breakfast show presenter Tony Horne, and has also had interest from the BBC’s World Service.

To help boost his chances of success, Nigel has sought advice from a record company director and joined the Performing Rights Society, which collects and pay royalties to music writers.

He has also taken his campaign to social networking site Facebook, which can be found by searching “Nigel’s Olympic Song 2012”.

Now Nigel is counting down the days until the opening ceremony of Olympics next July and planning his next potential hit.

“I want to write more songs in the future. There is a lot of hate in the world – people losing their jobs, we lost Eurovision.

“I don’t think people realise how much the Olympics is going to do for this country.

“It will bring jobs, boost the economy and make people feel joy.

“The whole country should be proud.”