A BRAVE Houston woman who lost her voice to an incurable disease is back on song after taking part in a charity Christmas album with pop star Michelle McManus.

Christine Sweeney, 62, was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease (MND) in June 2016, with the illness soon robbing her of the ability to sing.

However, with the aid of an electronic ‘speech device,’ she has been able to perform part of the lead vocals for a song on the new charity album Stand Together, recorded by Choirs With Purpose.

Christine is among 200 singers brought together by the MND Scotland charity to support former Pop Idol winner Michelle on the fundraising album.

They were inspired by 23-year-old Moray woman Lucy Lintott, whose moving story about her life with MND was the subject of a recent BBC documentary.

The song Clouds, by the Lucy Lintott/MND Scotland Choir, was written by Zach Sobiech after he had been diagnosed with terminal cancer.

It was chosen by Lucy as the choir’s contribution to Stand Together, which is raising cash for 11 charities.

Christine told The Gazette: “I am overwhelmed with what the producers have managed to do with my automated voice.

“It was extremely emotional to hear me singing. We had great fun recording it and nice memories were made.

“Now I have a little bit of me that my family and friends can always hear.”

Stand Together features a number of cover songs, each of which aims to deliver an inspiring message of hope.

Among those taking part are the Missing People Choir, who were finalists in the 2017 Britain’s Got Talent TV show.

Also featured are the Parrs Wood High School Harmony Group, which performed at the One Love Manchester concert earlier this year in response to a deadly terrorist attack at the Manchester Arena which killed 22 people.

Each of the choirs involved in the album have one thing in common – they have all come together following a shared life experience.

Other well-known performers who agreed to sing on Stand Together include soul star Alexander O’Neal and former T’Pau singer Carol Decker.

To order the album, visit https://choirswithpurpose.com.

MND is a rare condition that progressively damages parts of the nervous system, leading to muscle weakness.

It affects around two in every 100,000 people in the UK each year, with about 5,000 people living with the condition in the UK at any one time.

The condition can affect adults of all ages, including teenagers, although this is extremely rare. It’s usually diagnosed in people over 40.

For more information, visit www.mndscotland.org.uk.