PIANIST PAUL CARDALL RELEASES â€œCHRISTMASâ€ FEATURING GRAM Oct 4, 2018 8:59:55 GMT -6
Post by Scully on Oct 4, 2018 8:59:55 GMT -6
PIANIST PAUL CARDALL RELEASES â€œCHRISTMASâ€ FEATURING GRAMMY WINNER CECE WINANS, AUSTRALIAâ€™S PATRICE TIPOKI, AND AWARD-WINNER SINGER/SONGWRITER AUDREY ASSAD
Street Date November 2
Street Date November 2
Thereâ€™s something about a greeat Christmas album that transcends time and becomes part of the soundtrack for holiday memories for years to come.Â Paul Cardall has crafted such an album with his stunning new collection Christmas, his first Christmas album in 13 years. Pre-orders begin tomorrow, October 5 on Amazon , iTunes, and PaulCardall.com, with an album release date of November 2. Fans participating in the pre-order will receive "Jesus, Once of Humble Birth" in advance.
Cardall has a massive world-wide audience and is known for his expansive musical performances that encompass multiple genres, including classical crossover, contemporary Christian and new age, Cardall has earned 4 No. 1 albums on the Billboard charts, amassed more than two billion lifetime digital streams and continually earns over 25 million streams monthly.Â Â His most recent number 1 album was last week when "Sunday" hit the top of Billboard's New Age chart.
Cardall, who generally produces his own albums, this time tapped Michael W. Smithâ€™s longtime musical director Jim Daneker as producer for the substantial project. â€œThis is the first time in 20 years Iâ€™ve worked with a producer,â€ Cardall notes. â€œIâ€™ve always been a fan of Michaelâ€™s music, and the opportunity to work with Jim gave me the moment to take my music to the next level.â€
"When I first took this on this project I thought it would be easy because itâ€™s a piano record," Daneker adds.Â "But itâ€™s not been easy. Itâ€™s been one of the most challenging things Iâ€™ve ever done. So much hangs on every little note, every texture, every detail. Weâ€™re focused on the centerpiece, which is Paulâ€™s piano, but ideally we made something just blossom out of that. This is one of the best-sounding, if not THE best-sounding Christmas record Iâ€™ve ever heard."Â Christmas was recorded at Nashvilleâ€™s historic Ocean Way Studio.
â€œI believe this is the first Christmas album in the classical crossover genre that captures all of the emotions people experience during the season,â€ Cardall says. â€œYouâ€™ll find 10 piano-centered classics embraced by a symphonic soundtrack in the spirit of John Williams, one of my favorite composers. The album runs the gamut of emotions. It is serene, relaxing, peaceful and inspiring, while at the same time being evocative, thrilling, powerful and breathtaking.â€
Anchoring the project is CeCe Winansâ€™ extraordinary version of â€œO Holy Night.â€ â€œIâ€™ve been waiting and working hard to find just the right opportunity to give to my audience something extraordinary, and CeCe performing â€˜O Holy Nightâ€™ is unbelievable,â€ enthuses Cardall. â€œCeCe is the best gift I can give my fans this Christmas.â€
Christmas includes ten of Cardallâ€™s stunning instrumental interpretations of such timeless classics as â€œHark The Herald Angels Sing,â€ â€œJoy to the Worldâ€ and â€œAway in a Manger.â€ In addition to Winans, Cardall invited two other vocalists to make appearances. Award-winning singer/songwriter Audrey Assad offers an ethereal interpretation of â€œIn the Bleak Midwinter,â€ and Australian Broadway star Patrice Tipoki soars on Cardallâ€™s original â€œSon Of God.â€Â â€œThis song is so much bigger than the notes on the page,â€ states Tipoki. â€œPaul and Jim and [mastering engineer] Michael Bishop have done a wonderful job in bringing new life to a song that has already touched so many people.â€
Creating a memorable Christmas collection was a personal mission for Cardall. â€œThe heart of all my music is the whole reason we celebrate Christmas,â€ he shares. â€œThe holiday brings people together -- strangers, family. We all long to be with each other. This album speaks volumes about those emotions. With all our differences, we come together, have a meal, make a toast and celebrate joy, gratitude, the Christ childâ€¦all of it. This is the purpose and mission of all my music.â€