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Deeside composer Paul Mealor hopes to scoop Brit Award

A SONG penned by a Deeside composer has been nominated for a Brit Award.

The good news keeps on coming for 36-year old Paul Mealor who grew up in Connah’s Quay.

Not only did his song Wherever You Are, sung by The Military Wives, claim top spot in the Christmas singles chart, it is up for Best Single at this year’s Brit Awards which will be held next month.

Paul, who studied A-level music at St David’s High School in Saltney and played in Northop Silver Band, has thanked people across Flintshire for their support so far.

He said: “Each copy sold really does make a huge difference to our soldiers and their wives. I can’t thank the people of Flintshire enough for their support so far.”

The group, formed by choirmaster Gareth Malone in television show The Choir, is up against nine others by artists including Adele, JLS, One Direction and Olly Murs.

“To be nominated for a Brit Award is the icing on the cake. Winning this award would keep the profile of the single high and help us to add to the money already raised,” added Paul, who now spends his time composing in Anglesey and teaching at the University of Aberdeen.

All of the proceeds from sales of the song, made up of lyrics from letters women had sent to their soldier husbands, will go directly to the Royal British Legion and Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen Families Association (SSAFA).

Last year Paul’s choral composition Ubi Caritas gained the attention of millions of people across the world when it was performed in Westminster Abbey for Prince William and Kate Middleton’s wedding.

He hopes the success will continue in 2012.

“It has been a bit of a whirlwind and it is all still sinking in. I’m excited about what this year will bring.”

To vote for the Military Wives, log on to www.brits.co.uk/voting.