Gregory Porter duets with Julie London
This year’s Marks & Spencer Christmas ad features Gregory Porter duetting with Julie London on her 1963 recording of Fly Me To The Moon
Sixty years after the first recording of Fly Me To The Moon was released on Decca in 1954, the song will be making a primetime appearance this Christmas as the soundtrack to Marks & Spencer’s new Christmas advert.
The advert features vocals from Gregory Porter mixed with Julie London’s original 1963 recording, creating a duet effect. Decca have released the decade-spanning track as a charity single in conjunction with M&S, with 100% of net profits from the sale of each download going to Make-A-Wish Foundation® UK (a minimum of 50p per download).
The single comes at the end of a big year for Porter, whose album Liquid Spirit won Best Jazz Vocal Album at the 2014 Grammys and has reached gold sales in the UK. He appears on tour for four more dates in the UK this year: 6 December in Manchester, 7 December in Portsmouth, 8 December in Guildford and 9 December in Nottingham.
“I’m so glad to be able to sing with the great Julie London,” says Porter of the Christmas release. “The magic and fire of music never dies… nor does the spirit of Christmas!"
The M&S advert is available to watch in full on YouTube and you can listen to the full track on SoundCloud. Find out more about Gregory Porter at gregoryporter.com and Make-A-Wish® at make-a-wish.org.uk.
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