Due to popular demand, I'm producing a Holiday concert series complete with an accompanying Holiday album, Alison Scott's A Soulful Christmas and I can't wait for you guys to hear what I've got in store for you. Get your tickets now. This is a Holiday event you won't want to miss!
The end of summer has just arrived. We’ve had our first couple of fall weather days. Christmas is still three months away….and yet, I’ve been getting ready for it since May! It feels a little weird, I must admit. This must be what Santa feels like.
Anyway, the reason I’ve been spending so much time prepping is this: the band and I have put together a holiday concert series - Alison Scott’s A Soulful Christmas. Seven shows all over the metro area, reaching as far as Rochester. We have a 6 piece band with rotating musical guests (Tommy Barbarella, Charlie Peterson, Doug Rohde, Steve Kung, Jillian Rae and Lisi Wright). We’ve got lots of new material - some traditional, some original, and a few of our favorite all-year-round songs.
It’s not just a concert series though. You guys have been on us to put out a holiday album for a few years now, and we think it’s time to give the people what they want! Plus, Christmas is my favorite holiday. Give me an apron, some flour and sugar, and I’ll be baking for weeks, only coming up for air to listen to my favorite Christmas tunes and buy way too many stocking stuffers. (Yes, I really do have a problem with the stocking stuffers!) We’re putting the final touches on the tracks now. Just a few more vocals and a special appearance by the MN Boychoir and Kevin can tie it all up with bow.
Just last week I had the album cover photo shoot with my friend George Roedler. The photos turned out great! We did the shoot in my parent’s house. That’s where I wrote all of my first songs. In fact, it’s where I wrote most of my first album, Wish On The Moon. So, it was fun to come full circle and get back there for my new album. Especially since the holidays are all about family, it seems to mean more.
There is a greater purpose to this whole extravaganza. I grew up in the Wayzata Public School System. Wayzata is a district known for having really great music programs. I was truly lucky to have so many opportunities to discover my musical self while I was there. I’m worried that my daughter won’t get that same chance. Funding for music and the arts continues to be cut. We could be on the verge of losing the arts in our schools all together. THIS CAN’T HAPPEN. There is NO WAY that I’d be a professional musician today if I hadn’t been exposed to music since I was 5 years old. It’s too important. So, I’m going to do everything I can to keep these programs around.
My mission is to raise awareness, and if I’m lucky, even some funding for them. We’ve chosen a different local choir to team up with us for each of our holiday shows. We’ll be working with the MN Boychoir, The Honors Choirs of SE Minnesota, and three different public school districts: Zumbrota-Mazeppa, North High School in Maplewood and Lakeville South High School. Hopefully working with professional musicians will show these kids that their goals are attainable. If they put in the time and the effort, they can have successful careers in music as well.
That’s it for now. I could go on and on about this topic, but you’ll be hearing more about it when we launch our KICKSTARTER campaign in a couple weeks. That’s when you guys can get involved! Yay! We’ve got all kinds of awesome perks in store for you!
Talk to you then!