A MUSIC teacher has released his debut album as a way of marking a landmark birthday – and he is hoping to reach one million downloads.
Lee Mottram, who turned 40 today, is selling his acoustic album, appropriately titled 40, for just £1.
The album was recorded at a house in Hartlepool and is available for download from today.
It features 10 acoustic songs with the majority being penned over the last year.
The dad-of-two was born and raised in Hartlepool but is now living in London.
He has travelled between the capital and town five times since the turn of the year to record his “labour of love” at a friend’s house.
Lee said he takes inspiration from life experiences and has a wide-ranging taste in music.
He said: “I had this dream of making a beautiful, peaceful acoustic album that would have a place in everyone’s home, and it started me thinking, ok, nice dream, but how?
“So 40 was born, 10 acoustic songs from deep within the walls of a family.
“This is my debut solo album and it was an all-or- nothing moment for me to be honest.
“I wanted to do something special to mark my 40th birthday and thought what better way than to write my own album and release it on my birthday.
“This has been a real labour of love,” added Lee who said the only place he wanted to make the album was Hartlepool.
His debut album was released for download at midnight on Sunday.
Lee added: “The dream is big, to reach one million people, which is why the album is only a pound.
“A pound is something I hope people will feel comfortable spending on a new, unsigned album.”
Everyone who downloads the album is entered into an independent draw and one lucky person will scoop £40,000, but only once one million people have downloaded the album.
The £40,000 jackpot will be funded by the download sales.
The musician left the live music scene several years ago to dedicate more time to being a father to his son and daughter.
Lee, who grew up in Arncliffe Gardens, added: “I dream of reaching one million people with my music while still being able to read to my children at night.”
The former Lister Street Primary School pupil is married to Gaitree Mottram and the pair have two children Mahesh Mottram, 11, and eight-year-old Nirvana Mottram.
His family moved to Scotland when he was 10 and he has been living in London for the past 12 years, where he works as a music teacher.
Lee is doing it all on his own, with no backing from a record company and said its success will depend on word of mouth and social media.
Lee, who still has several family members in town, said: “I am massively excited by this project.”
l To download the album log on to www.leemottram.bandcamp.com