Edinburgh pensioner with dementia beats Ed Sheeran, Eminem and Stormzy in download charts

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A pensioner with dementia has stormed the UK download charts with her cover of Frank Sinatra's My Way - beating Ed Sheeran, Eminem and Ariana Grande.


Margaret Mackie, 83, lives in a care home and while she struggles to remember names, she stunned residents with a word-perfect rendition at the Christmas party.

A video of her performance with home worker Jamie Lee Morely, 31, went viral - so he decided to record the tune professionally and release it as a single. Picture: SWNS

A video of her performance with home worker Jamie Lee Morely, 31, went viral - so he decided to record the tune professionally and release it as a single. Picture: SWNS

A video of her performance with home worker Jamie Lee Morely, 31, went viral - so he decided to record the tune professionally and release it as a single.

The song, which raises money for Alzheimer's Society and Dementia UK, is now sitting at number seven in the Amazon best seller chart - above Stormzy and Maroon 5.

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In the iTunes Top 40 UK Pop Songs chart Margaret and Jamie are at number 27 - beating Ed Sheeran, Justin Bieber and Ariana Grande.

Margaret Mackie, 83, lives in a care home and while she struggles to remember names, she stunned residents with a word-perfect rendition at the Christmas party. Picture: SWNS

Margaret Mackie, 83, lives in a care home and while she struggles to remember names, she stunned residents with a word-perfect rendition at the Christmas party. Picture: SWNS

Margaret said: "It is just amazing. I feel so happy about everything. It's great we can raise all this money for charity."

Proud Jamie, a singer, added: "It was the first time that she'd been in the studio, but was like she had done it a hundred times before.

"She's got such an amazing voice.

"The fact that she can do that while living with dementia is mind blowing. It's just crazy.

"It's like the music is the therapy for her. You just see the change of the look in her face when she starts singing or she hears music that she likes. You can just see it in her.

"Music is my passion. It can change your mood instantly and with her it's exactly the same.

"She comes alive when she sings and she looks so happy, it is beautiful to see.

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"It is the power of music and proves how amazing it can be for people."

Margaret moved into Northcare Suites Edinburgh care home just weeks after it opened last September, and Jamie said she is always singing and dancing.

Jamie, who is also a part-time singer, was asked to arrange the Christmas show for the residents and asked Margaret to join him for a duet.

He said: "You never know how they are going to react.

"She is living with dementia. All I knew was that she loves music and we always sing My Way together and I just thought it would be a great moment.

"My granddad passed away - he had Alzheimers and that was his favourite song so it had a connection to all of us.

"I just wanted to enjoy the moment with her and get her up there, and she sang every word absolutely amazingly.

"The whole audience erupted. The whole place was in tears.

"Everyone just burst into tears - she stole the show.

"The response was unreal. The whole place was crying, we got a standing ovation, everyone was clapping. Everyone was blown away."

It was filmed by her daughter Mairi Hunter, 55, who put it on social media and within 24 hours it had gone viral.

They headed into the studio in December and Jamie said it took just 45 minutes and two takes to record.

He said: "For someone with dementia, it fascinates me how amazing music makes her feel.

"She becomes a different person. It's just incredible.

"She has definitely got the music in her blood.

"It's so refreshing to see someone living with dementia acting the way she does.

"She is an inspiration to so many people - especially me! I just love her."