Coatbridge musician JJ Gilmour lent his talents to a new charity single for Down syndrome awareness charity Wouldn’t Change A Thing (WCAT).

The Silencers star was enlisted by friend Colin Kennedy to help turn original track What Do You See into a full-scale studio production; and it made an impact on the download charts within 24 hours of being released.

It was written by Tom Kerr, a lifelong musician who was inspired to pen the lyrics after seeing a picture of his new grandchild with a girl who has Down syndrome and then going on to learn more about it.

He discovered Wouldn’t Change a Thing online, which the charity says “sent him on a journey of discovery leaving his whole outlook challenged and changed”.

Tom’s friend Colin, of the Colin Kennedy Band, brought in JJ on backing vocals, while Graeme Duffin of Wet Wet Wet mixed the final track, entitled What Do You See? by Kennedy and Kerr.

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Within a day of its release on Monday, the “uplifting Christmas track” had topped the UK Amazon Chart and reached number 13 in the UK iTunes chart; and its accompanying video has had a hugely positive reception online.

Songwriter Tom said: “The phrases ‘wouldn’t change a thing’ and ‘what do you see?’ really connected with me after seeing the picture of my grandson and watching these positive campaigns – the writing just poured out and it was all done in around 10 minutes.”

The track is available across all music download platforms and is raising funds for WCAT and their work in “promoting positive awareness”.

Its release date coincided with a controversial Emmerdale storyline in which two of the soap’s characters decide to terminate a pregnancy upon realising the baby would be born with Down syndrome.

WCAT say their Christmas single is “a positive campaign showing a true reflection of the happy fulfilled lives lived by those with Down syndrome and their families”.

Chairman Jamie McCallum said: “The making of this song is a wonderful story that shows how much someone’s preconceptions and misconceptions can be challenged and changed by being exposed to lived experience.”

The charity was founded after the success of the viral 2018 carpool karaoke video, entitled 50 mums, 50 kids, 1 extra chromosome, which features Plains mum Mairi Watkins and daughter Emma; now aged seven, Emma has since featured in each of WCAT’s popular annual videos while Mairi is a trustee of the charity.