Karen Gillan: the gift that keeps on giving – not only will she soon be delighting cinemagoers in Guardians of the Galaxy but she’s also paid for her father to record his very own album as a Father’s Day gift!
The former companion grew up listening to her father singing jazz and blues around the house and was sure that he had a particular quality to his voice that leant itself to success.
Karen told The Telegraph:
“I came up with the idea for the album for Father’s Day. He has always sung, rather well I might add, so it seemed an injustice that his voice be confined to the walls of our house. I gave him a blank CD case and told him it was for the album he was going to record.”
John, a day care centre officer, has been a regular singer on the Inverness pub circuit and entertains people with learning difficulties.
After receiving the unique gift from his daughter, he spent a “fantastic” week in a Glasgow studio with professional musicians recording Deep Down Inside, which has now been released on iTunes.
The nine-track mix of jazz and blues has received almost 4,000 views on YouTube and has five-star reviews online.
Karen is understandably impressed by the quality of her father’s debut album:
“They were very up against it time wise so he only got one or two takes on some of the songs, which is scary for anyone.
I was amazed he managed it with so little time. People seem to really love it and the comments online have been incredible. Five star reviews! We both shared a moment of real excitement over that.
My father looked at this as a project. But as it has gone over so well I would love to see it progress into a music career. I think there is a market for it. Good old fashioned music. Without an autotune in sight!”
Someone else over the moon with the response is John himself:
“The comments have been amazing. I am just astonished at them. People do comment on the quality of my voice and that is the thing which delights me most.”
He also added that he’s not the only member of the Gillan family with a good singing voice: so how far away is The Gillan Goodtime Family Band away from fruition? Well, very, if you ask Karen who said she’d do ‘everyone a favour’ by sticking to acting.
And by far her most exciting upcoming project is Guardians of the Galaxy where she is rumoured to be playing a ‘space pirate’ according to Den of Geek.
Gillan is rumoured to be playing Nebula, who claims to be the granddaughter of the film’s chief bad guy, Thanos – though she was previously said to be playing a bounty hunter named Angela (created by The Doctor’s Wife scribe, Neil Gaiman) in the Marvel Studios blockbuster.
Gillan has joined a cast which also includes Benicio Del Toro, Lee Pace, Glenn Close, John C Reilly, Chris Pratt and Zoe Saldana.