A Suffolk music festival producer has spoken of the 'incredible' discovery that a Christmas song she created with a US pop star has been streamed 12 million times online.

Jan Pulsford is well known locally for organising the Woodbridge Ambient Music Festival, but in the 1990s she was a music producer who worked with Cyndi Lauper, famous for the smash hits 'Girls Just Want to Have Fun' and 'Time after Time'.

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During a recent trawl through her back catalogue on the streaming service Spotify, she was surprised to find that 'Early Christmas Morning,' which she wrote with Lauper in 1996, had attracted huge interest.

East Anglian Daily Times: Jan Pulsford was a music producer in the 1990s and worked with Cyndi LauperJan Pulsford was a music producer in the 1990s and worked with Cyndi Lauper (Image: Archant)The song, which features a children's choir, was featured on the album 'Merry Christmas.... Have a Nice Life,' which was the last album that Jan recorded with the singer.

When creating the tune, she said she was thinking of Christmas carols, with a 'funky, New Orleans' vibe.

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"It is still a good song and it gets on quite a lot of compilations, which is why it has garnered a lot of these streams.

"To be honest, I did not pay much attention to Spotify and then they said 'you need to go on' and I knew I was getting some money from Spotify," she said.

But she was taken aback by the success of the song, adding: "I took a screen shot. It is quite incredible to think that 12 million people have listened to that song."

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The two met through Jan's work with the new wave band Thompson Twins, with whom she toured the United States in the 1980s.

She set up a music studio in Nashville, which Lauper would visit to record and she also spent time on tour with the pop star, as well as working with her on the album Sisters of Avalon.

She moved to Woodbridge in 2011.

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