A WEST Heslerton musician, who is terminally ill, is continuing his bid for a hit-record by releasing a new album.

Steve Ronson, also known as Ron Mozart, is releasing an album called Cut and Run on April 16. The album features 17 original compositions, all recorded at Steve’s home studio during the pandemic.

It is hoped the proceeds of the album might help his wife Joy continue to live in their cottage after he’s gone.

“I never write music with money in mind, but we have sacrificed so much since my terminal cancer diagnosis in 2018,” said Steve.

“I retired earlier than expected, which effected the pension pot and we downsized to rented accommodation in West Heslerton.

“Cut and Run charts a whole range of human emotions, including love, lust, loss and humour through a range of songs that cover the whole gamut of the Rock/Pop genre.

"My favourite track is You're the One, which really does demand and deserve high exposure on the radio and television. It has hit written all over it.

"It's a classic late sixties-style power-pop ballad and is dedicated to my beautiful wife, Joy.

"It's a wonderfully joyous song that will have you singing along and dancing after one listen.

"These songs will be my legacy and it would mean everything for people to buy my album, empathise with the lyrics and spread the word.”

Steve said he was first diagnosed with renal cancer in 2016 while working as a headteacher.

In April 2018, Steve was informed that the cancer had spread to his spine and it was inoperable.

The last three chemotherapies have failed, and eventually the tumour will compress his spinal cord. Steve will become paralysed from the chest downwards.

Despite the unknown, Steve writes and records music to raise awareness for charities such as St Catherine’s in Scarborough and the UK Angelman Charity.

“If this album was a success, wouldn’t that be wonderful?” he added.

The album can be bought from https://www.ronmozart.com/shop