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Richie Cole
Have Yourself An Alto Madness Christmas

Impacting Now!


Format(s): Christmas, Holiday, Jazz

 

 

 
1. Christmas Time Is Here 06:33
2. Let It Snow 04:23
3. O Christmas Tree 05:08
4. I'll Be Home For Christmas 06:27
5. Mr. Grinch B. Bopsky 05:13
6. I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus 05:37
7. Christmas In New England 07:41
8. Jingle Bell Rock 04:24
9. Bad Santa 03:29
10. White Christmas 05:12
11. Blue Christmas 04:50
12. Have Yourself An Alto Madness Christmas 04:30
13. A Song For Christmas 06:10
14. Silver Bells 02:02
15. Sleigh Ride 05:21
16. The Christmas Song 02:53

This is the only recording of Christmas music by Alto Saxophone great Richie Cole, who passed away on May 2, 2020 at his home in Carnegie, PA, just outside of Pittsburgh.  He was very proud of this recording, which I played drums on and produced. He loved the classic Christmas recording, Bing Crosby, Nat King Cole, Leroy Anderson, music that told the story of the season. It was a great pleasure for him to be able to present his tribute to the most wondrous of holidays!

Merry Christmas,

Reid Hoyson 


 
 
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AVAILABLE TODAY

 

Focus Holiday Song:

#11 The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on An Open Fire)
(Duet with John Legend)

 

A unique holiday album that weaves Nat’s distinctive, beautifully restored vocals with new arrangements and contemporary artists, the collection features virtual duets of holiday classics with Kristin Chenoweth, Gloria Estefan, John Legend, Johnny Mathis, and Calum Scott; a full tracklist is below. Based on archival photos of Nat, watch/share hand-drawn visualizers for each of the album’s tracks here.

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Co-produced by Jay Landers (Barbra Streisand, Neil Diamond, Barry Gibb) and GRAMMY® Award winner and Oscar nominee Jorge Calandrelli (Tony Bennett, Lady Gaga), who also arranged and conducted, the album’s material was sourced from Cole’s timeless album, “The Christmas Song,” and other recordings from his esteemed catalog. The album was co-produced, mixed, and mastered by multi-GRAMMY-winning engineer and mixer Dave Reitzas (Natalie Cole, Whitney Houston, Celine Dion). Reitzas was responsible for mixing the historic Grammy®-winning virtual duet, “Unforgettable,” by Natalie and Nat King Cole.

 

Born in Montgomery, Alabama, in 1919, Nathaniel Adams Coles was one of four sons of the First Baptist Church’s pastor Edward Coles. Nat’s mother, Perlina Coles, a choir director at the church, taught him piano at four. In 1921, the family moved to Chicago, seeking a better life in the prospering towns of the north. Nat became obsessed with the inescapable sound of Chicago jazz. Mastering the piano at a young age was central to his artistic development. Cole developed his style as a teenager adding in his own flair for the blues. His unique playing style and sultry baritone voice were fully formed when he worked his way from Chicago to Los Angeles.

 

Signed to Capitol Records in 1943, Cole released his initial album as the lead vocalist of “The King Cole Trio” in 1945, at the dawn of the LP format, and topped Billboard’s inaugural album chart. In his brief 20-year career, he recorded more than 150 singles that reached Billboard’s pop, R&B, and country charts and sold more than 50 million records. His phenomenal success led to Capitol’s iconic round building on Vine Street in Hollywood to be known as “The House That Nat Built.” Cole’s impressive catalog has since garnered six platinum and two gold album awards, with six-times RIAA- platinum-certified “The Christmas Song” initially released in September 1964.

 

In addition to his recognition as a musical trailblazer, Cole is also recognized as a champion for civil rights. The revolutionary American singer’s impact continues across the world’s cultural and political landscape. In 1946, he broadcasted a 15-minute national radio program, “King Cole Trio Time,” the first of its kind to be hosted by an African American musician. In 1956, he became the first African American to host his own national network television show, NBC’s “The Nat King Cole Show.” In addition to his warm and welcoming stage personality, Cole was a featured actor in films including China Gate and the Oscar-winning Cat Ballou.

 

TRACKLIST
1. Deck the Hall/Joy to the World (duet with Johnny Mathis)
2. O Come All Ye Faithful (Adeste Fideles)/The First Noel
3. The Very Thought of You (duet with Kristin Chenoweth)
4. Auld Lang Syne (Interlude)
5. (I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons
6. O Holy Night (duet with Calum Scott)
7. O Little Town of Bethlehem/Silent Night
8. We Wish You a Merry Christmas (Interlude)
9. A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square (duet with Gloria Estefan)
10. The Little Boy That Santa Claus Forgot
11. The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on An Open Fire) (duet with John Legend)

 

About Nat King Cole

One of the most identifiable and memorable voices of the 20th century, Nat King Cole recorded nearly 40 albums and over 100 singles that reached Billboard’s pop, R&B, and country charts and sold more than 50 million copies. As the first African American to host a radio show and a national television show, NBC’s “The Nat King Cole Show,” he was a civil rights pioneer. Cole appeared in several films, including  St. Louis Blues and Cat Ballou. He won the Grammy® Award for Best Performance for “Midnight Flyer” and was honored with a Special Achievement Award from the Golden Globes. He was posthumously awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award from NARAS and inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. 2019 marked the 100th anniversary of the birth of Nat King Cole, born March 17, 1919.

 

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: Kristin Chenoweth Shares the Joy of the

Holiday Season on Happiness is…Christmas!

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TONY® and EMMY® Award-winning actress and singer Kristin Chenoweth releases her first collection of holiday music in more than a decade. Avaible NOW, Happiness is…Christmas! puts Chenoweth’s unmistakable stamp on a dozen songs celebrating everyone’s favorite time of year.

 

CONFIRMED MEDIA:

The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon 11/22

Live with Kelly and Ryan 11/23

The Late Show with James Corden 11/30

The Talk 11/30

Kelly Clarkson Show 12/1

The Drew Barrymore Show 12/8

Watch What Happens Live 12/8

Many more major appearances to be announced soon…

 

From Kristin: “The inspiration for this album was light. Light at the end of the tunnel.  It’s been a difficult time for all.  With the cover and some of the songs, light is a big theme.  I wanted to make a Christmas album for everybody.  I wanted songs on the album that people can enjoy, that make them smile.  It’s a fun record, yet intimate -- just like Christmas with my family.”

 

Chenoweth teamed up with award-winning producers Jay Landers (Barbra Streisand, Bette Midler) and Fred Mollin (Jimmy Webb, Johnny Mathis) for the album, which brilliantly showcases her remarkable versatility, virtuosity, and charisma. The duo enlisted a group of Nashville’s most in-demand musicians for the recording sessions, including guitarists Bryan Sutton and Kerry Marx, bassist Larry Paxton, drummer Tommy Harden, pianist and keyboard player Pat Coil, and harpist Kirsten Agresta Copely.

 

The album kicks off with a buoyant medley of “Happiness (Is Christmas)”/“Christmas Time Is Here” (with new lyrics by Landers and Charlie Midnight), an affectionate nod to Chenoweth’s star-making, Tony-winning turn as Sally Brown in the 1999 Broadway production of You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown.

 

Other highlights include a jaunty jazz arrangement of “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” a wistful reading of the Carpenters’ poignant “Merry Christmas, Darling,” and a soaring performance of Stephen Schwartz’s Chanukah song “We Are Lights,” while “Why Couldn’t It Be Christmas Every Day?” tips its hat to the classic harmonies of the Beach Boys.

 

5x GRAMMY-winning singer and musician Keb’ Mo’ joins Chenoweth for a bluesy, sultry duet on “Merry Christmas, Baby,” and Chenoweth’s playful wit takes center stage on “Santa, I’ve Got a Bone to Pick With You” and a swinging mashup of “(Everybody’s Waitin’ For)  The Man with the Bag” and “Jingle Bell Rock.”

 

The album closes on a hopeful note, with a stirring rendition of Peggy Lee’s “My Dear Acquaintance (A Happy New Year).”

 

Chenoweth reflects, “One of my favorite Dolly Parton quotes is ‘You can’t have the rainbow without the rain.’” Smiling, she says, “I’m ready for all the colors.”

 

 

 

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  Kristin Chenoweth Happiness (Is Christmas) / Christmas Time Is Here (Medley) 04:26    
  Kristin Chenoweth Why Couldn't It Be Christmas Every Day? 04:19    
  Kristin Chenoweth Merry Christmas, Darling 04:04    
  Kristin Chenoweth (Everybody’s Waitin’ For) The Man With The Bag / Jingle Bell Rock (Medley) 02:38    
  Kristin Chenoweth The Stories That You Told 03:59    
  Kristin Chenoweth The Little Road To Bethlehem 03:08    
  Kristin Chenoweth, Keb' Mo' Merry Christmas Baby 05:15    
  Kristin Chenoweth Christmas Lullaby 03:30    
  Kristin Chenoweth We Are Lights 04:24    
  Kristin Chenoweth Santa, I've Got A Bone To Pick With You! 04:00    
  Kristin Chenoweth Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas 04:04    
  Kristin Chenoweth My Dear Acquaintance (A Happy New Year) 03:53    
 

 

 

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José James
Christmas in New York

Impacting
October 22nd, 2021


Format(s): Jazz

 

 

 

“Sounds like the result of the black-pop continuum, jazz and soul and hip-hop and R&B, slow-cooked for more than 50 years.”
—The New York Times

“Catch up with Jose James now because he's a rarity - an artist evolving at warp speed.”
—NPR Music

“James skirts categories with ease, fitting in with current R&B innovators like Frank Ocean or Miguel.. he holistically heals the rift between radio-friendly songcraft and virtuoso flair.”
—NPR Music

“Is José James a jazz singer or a soul singer? Old school or new school? A guardian of tradition or a seeker of thrills? Yes, yes and yes.”
—LA Times








 

Like his idols John Coltrane, Miles Davis and Marvin Gaye, José James is a master of reinvention. Over the past 13 years as a singer, producer and label owner, he's proven himself capable of covering wide swaths of musical terrain. He’s done it all while keeping his voice in the center, a smoky baritone the likes of Gil Scott-Heron and Terry Callier that cuts through the lush instrumentals beneath it. The approach has led to a vast discography with various entry points across labels Blue Note, Verve/Impulse, Brownswood and now his own Rainbow Blonde Records. 

Today he releases new single "Christmas in New York" - a future jazz Christmas classic written by James and his Grammy nominated partner Talia Billig. 

“Christmas in New York” feels equally cozy and mournful. “I made it for people like myself who aren’t able to see their families another year,” James says. Indeed, there’s a chill in Aaron Parks’ piano that conveys intense sadness and reflection on happier times. The song was crafted as a blend of James’ holiday experiences in Minneapolis and New York City, where he wrote the song. “That kind of picture-perfect scene of people throwing snowballs and making a snowman in Central Park, and Wollman Rink,” James says. “That whole beautiful Manhattan Christmas… it was my dream as a kid, and then I got to live it. There’s a lot of love in that.”

Produced by José James and Brian Bender, the session was both recorded and mixed directly to 2" tape to capture the warmth and LCR (left-center-right) sound akin to classic albums such as "Kind of Blue," "Blues and the Abstract Truth" and "John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman." Mastering duties were handled by veteran engineer Frank Arkwright at Abbey Road Studios.

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Tour Dates

11.27 - SF Jazz
11.28 - SF Jazz
11.30 - Seattle, Jazz Alley
12.01 - Seattle, Jazz Alley
12.02 - Portland, The Old Church
12.04 - Santa Cruz, Kuumbwa
12.05 - LA, Masonic Lodge
12.07 - Phoenix, MIM
12.09 - Santa Fe, The Lensic
12.11 - Minneapolis, Dakota
12.12 - Minneapolis, Dakota
12.13 - Chicago, City Winery
12.14 - NYC, City Winery


Further Information

Produced by José James & Brian Bender
Recorded by Ariel Shafir at Dreamland Studios
Mixed by Brian Bender at Motherbrain West
Mastered by Frank Arkwright at Abbey Road Studios


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Ollee Owens
Kris Kringle Jingle


Format(s): Christmas, Holiday

 

 

 

It's brassy and sassy - and it's sure to get you into the holiday swing of things!

 

From the opening notes to the big close, "Kris Kringle Jingle" delivers everything a fresh, fun Christmas song should. An original concept, embodied by infectious instrumentation and clever lyrical hooks, and recorded by some of Nashville's top studio musicians, this song showcases the vocal passion and power of Ollee Owens in a manner that leave most single debuts wanting. 

A future standard for any festive celebration ... tune it in, turn it up and play it often! 

 

Here is what people have to say about the song: 

"It's finally happened! A song has come along that makes me wish I start playing my Christmas music sooner!" 

KB Radio, Canada 

 

"Kris Kringle Jingle has everyone dancing!" 

3R Double P FM 98.7 & 98.3, Australia

 

"What a voice! What a song! Love it! "

Rocking Country Radio, Canada

 

"I can't wait to start playing this song - I love it!" 

Clogher Valley Radio, Ireland

 

"Fantastic song!" 

MGA FM, Netherlands

 

"That's one for my Christmas file!" 

BBC Norfolk, UK

 

"Love it! OMG that is fantastic! The best Christmas song I have heard this year - brilliant, thank you!"

IAM4U/Indie Show/Voice of the UK Western Swing Show, UK

 

"I really like this one, Added it to my programming!"

Black Dog Indie, US

 

MEET OLLEE OWENS:


Raised on the Canadian prairies, Ollee Owens grew up in a musical fmaily where the sounds of southern rock, country, and gospel could be heard on her Dad's stereo. In her teens she discovered Delta Blues and singers like Etta James, Mavis Staples, Mahalia Jackson and Janis Joplin. These artists captured her iwth their vocal intensity, thoughtful lyrics and emotionally charged music. The lyrical themes distinctive to Ollee's music provide a rich and meaningful experience for the earnest listener. Her demanor, being curiously accessible, beckons one to join in feeling as deeply as she does in the moments shared together. The sound produced from her has been described as being unexpectedly pronounced, yet warm and soulful. 

 

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Looking forward to Mars Williams: An Ayler Xmas, vol. 5 - coming soon!!!

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Josie Falbo
A Jazzy Interlude with Josie Falbo

Impacting
November 15th, 2021

 

 

 

 

Josie Falbo - vocals

Scott Mason, Chuck Webb – bass

Bob Rummage, Rich Trelease - drums

Carey Deadman – trumpet

 Kirk Garrison – trumpet

 Jim Gailoretto – sax

 Steve Eisen – sax

 Andy Baker – trombone

Alejo Poveda – percussion

Jeremy Kahn, Chris Sargent, Marshall Vente – piano

Mark Lekas – cello

Recorded at Crystal Recording.

Engineer: Jim Massoth

Mastered by Brian Schwab - Schwab Music

Website 

 

Josie Falbo's newly recorded Holiday EP, "A Jazzy Interlude with Josie Falbo," to be released exclusively on her website, JosieFalbo.net on Friday, November 12th, 2021.

The 4 song recording features new arrangements of classic holiday songs (The Christmas Song, A Child Is Born and The Christmas Waltz) arranged by Marshall Vente and Carey Deadman (Arranger of Josie's critically CD,"You Must Believe in Spring,) and a new cover version of "Christmas Eve Is Coming Soon," by Chicago based composer/songwriter, Richard Knight, Jr.  

"A Jazzy Interlude with Josie Falbo" is an intimate musical set recorded for this special time in our lives. Having grown up on many holiday favorites, Josie wanted to share them with you. The inclusion of "Christmas Eve is Coming Soon" showcases Josie's love of new material; songs which she wanted to introduce to her audiences. After hearing the new version, Knight exclaimed: Exquisite! I am humbled by Josie's artistry and the gorgeous arrangement."

The recording, available from JF Records, is available on the website  https://www.josiefalbo.net , while also being available on digital outlets across the world.

 

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CHAD LAWSON RELEASES NEW CHRISTMAS EP

CHRISTMAS IN MY DREAMS

 

A Collection Of Timeless Holiday Classics

That Includes The Standout Track

“Silent Night

Featuring The Beloved Vocals Of Dinah Washington

Out Now Listen Here

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Composer and pianist Chad Lawson presents his new holiday EP, Christmas in My Dreams. Showcasing Lawson’s signature emotive sound, the four-track collection includes a unique collaboration between Lawson and the vocals of adored singer Dinah Washington, with Chad accompanying the vocal track of Dinah’s enchanting version of “Silent Night.” Listen to this never-before-heard version here and the full EP here.

 

In addition to the standout arrangement of “Silent Night,” the EP also features three new renditions of well-loved holiday tunes such as “Have Yourself a Merry Christmas” and “I’ll Be Home for Christmas.” The end result is an instant classic that is sure to become a part of many Christmases to come.

 

Since the release of Lawson’s 2020 major label debut, You Finally Knew, his role as one of the leading American post-classical artists has grown exponentially. He has surpassed over 140 million global streams, the track “Stay” has become a fixture on the Top 25 Billboard Classical chart for 74 consecutive weeks, and “Stay” was the number one classical track in 2020 for all of Universal Music Group. Additionally, his name and music in the relaxation/meditation space has become well-known to those who seek ways to reduce stress and improve emotional health – as his recent nomination for an iHeart Radio Podcast award for his popular “Calm It Down” podcast easily shows his connection to that audience.

 

Christmas In My Dreams Tracklist

  1. Silent Night (feat. Dinah Washington vocals)
  2. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas (Arr. for String Quartet by Geoff Lawson)
  3. The Christmas Waltz (Solo Piano)
  4. I’ll Be Home for Christmas (Solo Piano)

 

About Chad Lawson

A former jazz musician who spent two years touring stadiums as part of Julio Iglesias’ live band, Chad Lawson began his solo career in 2009 when the stress took a toll on his own health. He wrote his debut solo piano album, Set On A Hill, while suffering from ulcerative colitis, a chronic condition that had left him bedridden. In 2011, his album The Piano attracted mainstream media attention in the US. Two years later, Chad repeated the feat with The Bach Variations. Today, Lawson’s expressive sound has become a staple of some of the world’s most popular playlists, introducing new generations to classical music with contemporary techniques and modern-day interpretations.

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  Chad Lawson Silent Night 02:22    
  Chad Lawson Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas (Arr. for String Quartet by Geoff Lawson) 03:21    
  Chad Lawson The Christmas Waltz 02:29    
  Chad Lawson I'll Be Home For Christmas 03:17    
 

 

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GRAMMY® Award-Winning Saxophonist
Kirk Whalum Asks, How Does Christmas Sound?
with Second Holiday-Themed Release
 
Album Explores More Spiritual and
Introspective Sound for Christmas,
Welcoming Peace and Celebration
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When we think of Christmas, sometimes it’s the sights that come to mind: the multi-colored lights framing the windows of neighbors’ houses, the line of eager children waiting to sit on Santa’s lap, the Nativity scene on the lawn at the local church. Or maybe it’s the smells that arise first: fresh-baked gingerbread, pine needles, a turkey dinner in the oven.
 
On his new album for Artistry Music/Mack Avenue Music Group, GRAMMY® Award-winning saxophonist Kirk Whalum asks How Does Christmas Sound? On his second holiday-themed album, Whalum doesn’t answer that question in the expected way – revisiting the most familiar carols, the ones that have already worn out their welcome most years by the time Thanksgiving rolls around. Instead, he finds a more spiritual, introspective sound for Christmas, one that acknowledges the melancholy that often accompanies the Yuletide and the faith that is so central to his own celebrations.
 
“You can talk about the sights and the smells, but to me it's always a sound that takes me to the true meaning of Christmas,” Whalum explains. “Even in April, I will put on Nat King Cole’s Christmas record and it brings me peace.”
 
How Does Christmas Sound? follows Whalum’s previous holiday album, 2001’s GRAMMY® Award-nominated The Christmas Message. Over the last decade he’s regularly celebrated the season with his annual “A Gospel According to Jazz Christmas” Tour. So, it only made sense to revisit the Christmas canon with a renewed perspective, especially following a season when many families spent the holiday apart during the pandemic.
 
“We had to sit out a Christmas,” Whalum says. “I realized during the pandemic that Christmas means more to me now than it ever did. Like my faith, Christmas is axiomatic to my life, and I have evolved spiritually in so many ways.”
 
To reflect that profound evolution, Whalum reconvened with producer/trumpeter James McMillan, with whom he also worked on his monumental 2019 album Humanité, also on Artistry Music. The two share a friendship dating back much further, however, to their days touring in the horn section for the British pop duo Everything but the Girl. Their close relationship, as well as their experiences conceiving the globe-spanning Humanité, made McMillan the ideal collaborator for this latest endeavor, so Whalum returned to the producer’s studio in the seaside English hamlet of Hastings.
 
“One of the main points we made with Humanité was the fact that there's so much life and culture and beauty that exists outside of your world. I'd like to say that life can be about getting to know some of it. So, James had the idea to bring to light all of these more obscure Christmas songs. It gave us a great opportunity to unearth these jewels of Christmas songs that exist outside of the American mainstream.”
 
Those unexpected selections include the hymns “A Babe is Born” and “Es Ist Ein Ros Gesprungen” and the Contemporary Christian song “Thorns in the Straw.” Originally written and recorded by British singer-songwriter Graham Kendrick, the latter is here reimagined with a bright jazz feel and vocals by the saxophonist’s brother, singer Kevin Whalum.

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Family is central to the album as a whole, as it always has been throughout Whalum’s career. On the album’s title track, one of two new songs penned by Whalum for the occasion, the saxophonist’s nephew, actor/singer Kortland Whalum, is the featured vocalist, while his son Kyle Whalum handles bass duties.
 
“My discography is always about family, and this record is no different,” Whalum says. “Whenever I record music, I'd be crazy not to use my son who plays with Kelly Clarkson, my nephew who is out doing Broadway shows and my other nephew who plays with Bruno Mars.” (Whalum’s nephew, trombonist Kameron Whalum, is in fact so busy with his Bruno Mars duties that he was unable to participate in How Does Christmas Sound? but he’s a frequent guest on his uncle’s projects.)
 
Not all of the songs that make up How Does Christmas Sound? are quite so arcane. The second track is perhaps the album’s most unexpected, a forlorn treatment of Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas,” which has become the iconic Christmas song of its generation. Whalum’s reverently slow version becomes a song of faith, directed to the saxophonist’s savior rather than a Yuletide lover.
 
“I probably would never have recorded that song, though it’s apparently the most popular Christmas song since ‘Joy to the World,’” Whalum admits. “My daughter convinced me, and James agreed that there was gold to be found in the song. When you slow it down it makes one consider the materialism and expectations around Christmastime that end up leaving people feeling empty and disappointed sometimes. So, in essence I'm saying to Christ, ‘You do the things that I need and fulfill my greatest dreams, so that as a gift is more than sufficient.’ It just so happens that because of that great gift, I also have these other gifts, like my wife and my family.”
 
Whalum’s crooning tenor finds an intimate moment amidst all the year-end festivities on a wistful “What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?” aided by Mark Edwards’ sensitive piano and Marcus Finnie’s whispering brushwork on the drums. He switches to flute for an updated “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” and is joined by rising R&B star Chantae Cann on the Contemporary Christian favorite “Mary Did You Know?” which has been recorded by everyone from Kenny Rogers and Wynonna Judd to Cee-Lo Green, Pentatonix to Dolly Parton.
 
Whalum’s second original, with lyrics by Nashville singer-songwriter Benita Hill, is the romantic ode “Seven,” with lead vocals by Kevin Whalum backed by the rich harmonies of Take 6. “What guy or girl wouldn't want to have someone write a song about them as the seventh wonder of the world?” Whalum muses. “It’s the perfect Christmas present.”
 
Conceived in Whalum’s home studio, his unique take on “Angels We Have Heard on High” is a solo tour-de-force layering soprano, tenor and baritone saxophones with percussion generated by the hammering of saxophone keys, all deftly performed by Whalum himself with accompaniments by Edwards and McMillan. The album concludes with an impassioned rendering of “In the Bleak Midwinter” given silken texture by the guitar playing of Mark Jaimes.
 
More than just another merry round of caroling, How Does Christmas Sound? is Whalum’s attempt at offering a moment of soul-searching for Christmas revelers and a balm for those whose holidays don’t shine as brightly. 
 
“In Christendom we have this beautiful hymn, ‘There's a Balm in Gilead,’ which says, ‘to heal the sin-sick soul, to make the wounded whole,’” Whalum shares. “I wanted to make it a point to ask how does Christmas sound when your heart is sad, when you feel anything but joy? I'm hoping that it impacts people in that way, that it reminds listeners that God is thinking about them.”
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Kirk Whalum · How Does Christmas Sound?
Artistry Music (Mack Avenue Music Group) · Release Date: September 10, 2021
 
For more information on Kirk Whalum, please visit: KirkWhalum.com
 
 
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Deb Bowman
A Big Love Holiday

Impacting Now!


Format(s): Christmas, Gospel, Holiday, Jazz

 

 

 

Wrap your holiday with a uniquely heartfelt & soulful album release from Atlanta performer Dynamo Deb Bowman, who’s previous jazz album “Fast Heart” received critical acclaim for vocal versatility and songwriting. Bowman’s “A Big Love Holiday” releases online Thanksgiving 2021 with live performances at City Springs Studio Theatre 12/12 and The Alliance Hertz Stage on 12/24. Bowman grew up singing in the gospel church in Alabama and began her professional career in NYC, and since, has performed internationally in TV, Film, Theater, and Cabaret Shows.

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Follow her at www.debbowman.com

 

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deb@debbowman.com

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Allen Austin-Bishop
Christmas

Impacting
November 26th, 2021


Format(s): Jazz, Smooth Jazz

 

 

 
  Artist Title Time    
 
  Allen Austin-Bishop All I Want For Christmas Is New Year's Day 05:35    
  Allen Austin-Bishop Perfect Christmas 03:40    
  Allen Austin-Bishop New Year 03:31    
  Allen Austin-Bishop My First Christmas With You 03:02    
  Allen Austin-Bishop Send Me A Bit of Home For Christmas 03:32    
  Allen Austin-Bishop By Christmas Eve 03:49    
  Allen Austin-Bishop River 04:24    
  Allen Austin-Bishop The Christmas Song 04:28    
  Allen Austin-Bishop Some Day At Christmas (updated) 03:28    
  Allen Austin-Bishop The Little Boy That Santa Claus Forgot (Radio Edit) 04:13    
  Allen Austin-Bishop When You Wish Upon A Star 03:11    

Allen Austin-Bishop is bringing-in the festive cheer this year with his first holiday album entitled “Christmas". “Christmas” delivers songs from popular artists such as The Sugababes, S Club-7, John Legend, Joni Mitchell, and the legendary Mel Torme. “Christmas” features Allen Austin-Bishop vocals, accompanied by an accomplished,  tasteful and subtle band comprised of pianist Dorian Ford, bassist Mao Yamada, percussionist James Edmunds, saxophonist Katie Edwards, and celloist Fifi Homan. Together they bring a freshness to songs, both old and new giving then a warm atmospheric vibe, taking the originals into a new sphere.

Allen’s voice has been described as being warm, with a conversational style, with critics praising his ability to not only sound as if he believes every word that he interprets but an approach that communicates very well to audiences. Allen was born in Newark, New Jersey, but for some time, has been based in London. Allen made his recording debut in 2017 with “Sorry Grateful”, a collection of standards. Among its highlights are his versions of “Misty,” “The Shadow of Your Smile,” “Happiness is a Thing Called Joe” and “When I Fall in Love”.

Allen Austin-Bishop has become an important part of the London music scene, with his second album, “No One Is Alone”, further spreading news about his musical talents worldwide. His acclaimed cover of the Elbow ballad, buffalo ghosts, (released September 2021) was Allen’s first offering from his album “Why Go?” (to be released in Spring 2022). “Why Go?” which Allen is currently putting the final touches on, marks a change from his past recordings, and leans more towards a ‘modern’ sound which an important step forward for this appealing singer – and will delight his growing group of fans.


 

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Contact information:
allen@austinbishop.com

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