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Simon Grainger, also known as Graingerboy.

A Wakefield College lecturer is hoping to knock the likes of Cheryl Cole, Lady Gaga and Usher out of the UK pop charts. Simon Grainger, also known as Graingerboy, is one of 200 acts vying for votes in a unique Facebook campaign to fill the UK charts with unsigned singers and groups.

The ‘Storm the Charts’ campaign, which already has more than 28,000 followers on the social network website, is inspired by the same group that took Rage Against the Machine to Christmas number one last year. More than 550 unsigned singers and groups have made submissions to the campaign. This has now been whittled down to 200, with fans voting for their favourite 40 which organisers are hoping will take over the UK charts for one week over the summer.

Simon Grainger, who teaches on the Foundation Learning programme at the Thornes Park Campus, said: “This really is a unique campaign to be taking part in. It’s very much a grassroots movement of music lovers who are fed up of the X Factor manufactured type of music. I’m hopeful the College’s staff, students and the people of Wakefield will help me reach the charts.”

Simon, achieved chart success in the late 90’s when his Ministry of Sound single Revelation reached the top 40 and he also toured for 6 years as live keyboard player with Ibiza legends A Man Called Adam. He is now hoping his single ‘Flying Solo’ will see him flying high in the music charts. His debut album gets a digital re-release via I-Tunes in June and is currently working on a follow up to be released at the end of the 2010. To help Simon crack the UK top 40, join the ‘Storm the Charts’ group on Facebook and vote for Graingerboy.

The ‘Storm the Chart’ campaign hopes to raise more than £10,000 for the Zoological Society of London's EDGE conservation programme for Evolutionarily Distinct and Globally Endangered Species.

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CONTACT: For more information email info@wakefield.ac.uk, or telephone 01924 789789.
DATE: 20 April, 2010

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