Singer overcomes illness to release third charity track

Junior Turner.
Junior Turner.

A WALLSEND singer battling a rare blood clotting disorder has topped the 1Radio new music chart with his latest music offering.

Despite struggling with Factor V Leiden for more than 11 years, 28-year-old David Turner, alias Junior Turner, has overcome his illness to release his third single Love Blind – and the track last week topped the 1Radio We Love New Music Chart.

Junior, from Queens Crescent, Wallsend, said: “I have been singing since the age of 14 originally in pubs and clubs around the north east as well as nationwide and abroad too.

“Aged 17 I went to Benidorm to fulfil a nine-month contract working in cabaret lounges.

“After only one month there I was flown home as I was unwell.

“I received treatment from GPs for what they thought was a chest infection, but three weeks later I collapsed at home.

“I was rushed into the Freeman Hospital suffering with multiple DVTs in my left leg, groin, spine, left lung and pneumonia and I was given 48 hours to live or die. Then when I overcame that I had to learn to walk again.

“I am now on lifelong medication taking warfarin to thin my blood and still face an uncertain time as to whether my left leg will be amputated given the extent of the damage the DVTs caused.”

But the vocalist has overcome adversity to release his third single – Love Blind – that features north east singer Jessica Wood, which has now topped the 1Radio We Love New Music Chart.

BBC Radio 1 DJ Chris Moyles said of the song: “This is a breath of fresh air to the industry and a tune I really dig.”

The third song follows on from his success with debut single The Impossible Dream, for BBC Children in Need, and then a second in 2011 for Help for Heroes.