Grammy-nominated violinist Jenny Oaks Baker captured the historic sound of Christmas on her latest album, Noel: Carols of Christmas past. The album features songs produced and arranged by Emmy-award-winning composer Kurt Bestor.
Vocalist Alex Sharpe was a special guest artist on the album. She is a former member of the popular group Celtic Woman. She recorded a music video with Jenny Oaks Baker for the song Silent Night, which Sharpe sings in Irish Gaelic. The video can be seen on YouTube at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=w6WrR96zyUM
Two songs on the albumalso featured Kitka, an Eastern European-style vocal group based in California.
An interesting feature of Noel is the unique array of instruments that were used. Kurt Bestor went to great lengths to track down and use ancient instruments from many countries, like the lute, dulcimer, Kora, and ney flute.
This is not your typical Primary Music! Each song has a “sound-alike” theme…it was like listening to Katie Perry or The Black Eyed Peas. My kids enjoyed dancing to this mix of CLEAN music and it has made our “Top 6″ of car-rotation CDs. You won’t regret this purchase!
Super fun to get up and dance to!
by Aimee – reviewed on February 01, 2013
We LOVED Popcorn Bopping so when I saw this today I immediately downloaded it. I think we’re listening to it for the third time in a row right now. Wonderfully done, super fun to dance to! I turn it on and the kids and I dance (and clean) together. MUST HAVE!! And if you don’t have Popcorn Bopping Yet GET IT!!
MUST HAVE…even for adults.
by Erin – reviewed on August 08, 2012
I cannot even express how much I love this cd. These mixes are AMAZING. My kids and I have been rocking out in the car to these tunes and every time they sing We’ll Bring The World His Truth I start crying. Every time. Don’t hesitate to buy this CD it is so great.
Terrific Follow-up to “Popcorn Bopping”
by Michael – reviewed on August 04, 2012
Any family with children will love this CD and it’s predecessor, “Popcorn Bopping”. “Scripture Power”, “Nephi’s Courage”, “Army of Helaman” and others are upbeat arrangements of songs kids are familiar with and will love to sing and dance along to. “Got a Dime in My Pocket” and “I Want to Be a Mother” are fun, nostalgic updates to popular 70′s LDS songs that parents may remember. I was disappointed to have some songs reused from Popcorn Bopping, although with new arrangements (“Saturday”, “Fun to Do”) and would have liked to have seen a mash-up or two like the original had. The arrangement of “The Family Is of God” is worth the price of the album alone. It’s one of the most musically-interesting and doctrinally-important songs in recent memory- Primary or otherwise- and it works remarkably well with a rock ballad arrangement. It’s my favorite of the entire set. Bottom line- any LDS child will love the fun music and uplifting messages in this album. I’m thrilled to add it to my family’s playlist.
All Kinds of Awesome
by Janeen – reviewed on September 08, 2012
These are the versions of the Primary songs my kids want to listen to. This album is more toned down than Popcorn Bopping- there are no block-rocking beats ala ‘Follow the Prophet’, but it is still fun (and respectful) with some old favorites by Janeen Brady thrown in (no relation). Everyone I have recommended this to has also raved about it.
So much FUN!!
by Michelle – reviewed on September 06, 2012
This CD is amazing!! The arrangements of the songs breathes new life into songs we’re familiar with and makes them so much fun to sing. I love having music that is uplifting, fun and that everyone in my family enjoys listening to. If you liked “Popcorn Bopping”, you will LOVE “Scripture Power”!
Listen to some of the most popular Scripture Power Songs!
Singer David Archuleta, who is currently serving a two-year mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, worked up to the last day before entering the LDS Missionary Training Center to give fans his new album, BEGIN.
The album features covers of popular songs such as “Angel” by Sarah McLachlan, “Bridge Over Troubled Water” by Simon and Garfunkel, “In the Name of Love” by U2, and a never-before-heard song co-written by David Archuleta, title “Broken.”
David Archuleta hand-picked each song for this CD, believing that each shares an inspirational message of hope.
The complete track list:
Beautiful, Christina Aguilerafile
Somewhere Only We Know, Keane
Everybody Hurts, R.E.M.
Don’t Give Up, Peter Gabriel
Angels, Sarah McLachlan
Bridge Over Troubled Water, Simon and Garfunkel
Broken, David Archuleta
True Colors, Cyndi Lauper
In the Name of Love, U2
Be Still My Soul, Sibelius
A music video for his cover of “Everybody Hurts” by REM. The shots of David were recorded in a studio the day before he left on his mission.
Alex Boyé became an American citizen on February 22nd, 2012. Alex, along with 187 others, participated in a naturalization ceremony in the Jeanne Wagner Theater on February 22nd to take the oath and become citizens of the United States. Following the oath, Judge Sam recognized Alex Boyé in the audience and invited him to perform the national anthem as a new U.S. citizen.
Alex went on stage and gave a tearful and enthusiastic performance of “The Star Spangled Banner.”
On June 5th he released Calling America, a collection of five patriotic songs which were handpicked by Boyé to reflect his tender feelings about this country.
The namesake track of the album, “Calling America”, is an original song written by Alex. He started writing the song on September 11, 2001, but didn’t finish it until the day he became an American citizen.
The album also includes “Make Them Hear You”, which Alex performed at Glenn Beck’s Restoring Courage Event in Jerusalem fall of 2011. He earned national attention for his passionate performance.
After nearly two decades of writing, producing and arranging music for some of the industry’s top recording artists and performers, Shadow Mountain Records and Deseret Book is excited to announce the release of the first album ever of Tyler Castleton’s music — “When I Can’t Speak: The Music of Tyler Castleton.”
The 17 track collection album includes some of Tyler’s most requested songs, performed by the most beloved voices in LDS and Christian music. The album also includes brand-new songs, performed by Tyler, as well as newly recorded versions of popular, previously released songs.
The songs on the album, which released May 14th, were hand selected by Castleton. Each of them has special meaning to him and illustrates his reason for writing. He describes the album as a “celebration of songs,” because it represents the work of so many people.
“This album is as much everyone else’s as it is mine,” Castleton said. “I feel so grateful and so blessed to have been able to work with so many talented people.”
While her mother underwent treatments for terminal cancer, Calee Reed wrote the songs that would become her debut album The Waiting Place, releasing May 8th. The effort helped buoy Reed up during that painful time. It was her way of finding hope in the devastation of the disease.
Now, a year after her mother’s passing, Reed hopes the finished album will help others who are dealing with similar struggles.
“All the advice and well wishes in the world couldn’t help me at certain points during my mother’s illness, but music always could” Reed says. “Hopefully some part of my experience can help someone else through their trial.”
During the month of May, all proceeds from the download of Reed’s original song “She Put the Music in Me” (on iTunes) will be donated to the Huntsman Cancer Foundation.A music video for the song was made in tribute to Reed’s mother and will debut before Mother’s Day.
The album is distributed by Shadow Mountain Records. Bob Ahlander, director of music at Deseret Book expects The Waiting Place to cross genres and be embraced by many people. “Calee’s current sound and meaningful songs will make her an instant favorite” Ahlander says. “We are lucky to be working with her.”
There will be two concerts to celebrate the release of the album.
May 11th 7pm – CD Release Concert at Sammy’s Café in Provo
May 12th 8pm – Summer Back 2 School Block Party at The Ivy Apartments in Rexburg, ID
The tracks on The Waiting Place include many original songs with contemporary arrangements:
The Waiting Place - The Waiting Place
The Waiting Place - Give My Heart Your Peace
The Waiting Place - Come, Thou Fount_I Am A Child Of God