Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Inbox Update: Colbie Caillat, Gary Clark Jr., Celtic Woman

This week has seen news on a number of upcoming - hard to believe - Christmas albums! Indeed, the holidays are just around the corner...and new music from singer-guitarist Gary Clark Jr. is sure to make fans get into the holiday spirit!

Colbie Caillat to release 'Christmas in the Sand' on October 23, 2012

Originals, classics and guest appearances from Brad Paisley & Gavin DeGram spotlight the artist's first Christmas album

Two-time Grammy winning, singer songwriter Colbie Caillat will release her first album of holiday music, CHRISTMAS IN THE SAND, on October 23 on Republic Records. The Malibu-born, platinum recording artist brings her easy going rhythms and breezy style to CHRISTMAS IN THE SAND which features four original Christmas songs including the humorous, mid-tempo title track which was written by Caillat, Jason Reeves and Kara DioGuardi. Caillat also recorded classics like Merry Christmas Baby, featuring Brad Paisley on vocals and a smokin’ guitar, and Baby It’s Cold Outside, featuring Gavin DeGraw on vocals. Grammy winning producer, Ken Caillat, who is Colbie’s dad, produced the album.

“I have so many warm and sunny memories of Christmas, literally and figuratively. Christmas means family, tradition, and the spirit of giving and sharing, but when you grow up in California, it can also mean sunshine and a beach day!” says Colbie. “I wanted to share all these wonderful feelings with my fans. It’s an album I’ve always wanted to make and was it was more gratifying having made it with my dad.”

It was while she was on vacation on a small island in Bali that Colbie picked the songs to record for this record. “I was staying in this tiny hut,” she said. “It was beautiful and sunny and the people were warm and wonderful. But I spent a lot of time listening to Christmas songs – and picked the ones I love to sing most of all. It was perfect for an album called Christmas in the Sand.” Other originals on the album are Mistletoe, written by Colbie Caillat, Stacy Blue, Mikal Blue, Everyday is Christmas, written by Colbie Caillat, Jason Reeves, Kara DioGuardi and Happy Christmas, written by Colbie Caillat and Toby Gad.

When Colbie returned from Bali and before heading out on the road for her hugely successful co-headlining summer tour with DeGraw, she and her father, recorded CHRISTMAS IN THE SAND at The Village recording studio in Los Angeles.

Caillat’s first album COCO debuted at No. 5 and raced its way past the multi-Platinum barrier. Her first single, Bubbly, caught a generation’s imagination and has become one of the best-selling digital tracks of all time. Billboard took note by naming Caillat its Breakthrough Artist of the Year. Her second album BREAKTHROUGH broke at No. 1 and was honored with two Grammy nominations; that same year, Colbie won two Grammys for her collaborations with Jason Mraz and Taylor Swift.

Her most recent album ALL OF YOU netted Caillat her sixth platinum single in Brighter Than the Sun and a gold single for “I Do”. It was Album of the Week at the NY Post and received rave reviews, with People magazine saying it ‘brings on the glow of Summer. Brighter Than the Sun was featured more than 20 film, tv shows and commercials. Caillat and her original music were featured in the Cotton campaign. She also wrote and arranged ABC Family Channel’s “25 Days of Christmas,” two years ago.

Her embrace has stretched to include work for honorable causes including the Surfrider Foundation, Save the Music, Farm Sanctuary, the Humane Society of the U.S.

Gary Clark Jr. launches music club pre-order for his forthcoming album 'Blak And Blu' due October 22

Rock 'n' soul phenomenon Gary Clark Jr. has launched a pre-order for his eagerly anticipated upcoming album Blak And Blu at his official website Those who pre-order the album, which is due October 22, 2012 from Warner Bros. Records, will receive:

Pre-sale access to Clark's upcoming shows beginning Sep 20, including the newly announced dates (see below) which go on sale to the general public on Sep 21 and 22. Pre-orders will also receive the album in full plus two Bonus tracks: "Breakdown" and "Soul," (to be received on album release date) and a Gary Clark Jr. Blak And Blu album art T-shirt that will be shipped on album release date.

As a special "Thank You" from Gary, pre-orders will receive an instant digital download of "Ain't Messin 'Round". In addition, all pre-orders will also receive two full concert bootleg live recordings digitally at a later date to be confirmed. Visit Gary Clark Jr.'s official Web site for more details.

Newly announced Gary Clark Jr. headline dates:

11/2 Boston, MA The Sinclair

11/3 Boston, MA The Sinclair

11/4 New York, NY Bowery Ballroom

11/5 New York, NY Bowery Ballroom

11/9 Washington, DC 9:30 Club

11/10 Philadelphia, PA Theatre of the Living Arts (TLA)

11/13 Los Angeles, CA Troubadour

11/14 Los Angeles, CA Troubadour

11/15 Los Angeles, CA Troubadour

11/16 San Francisco, CA The Fillmore

Clark's additional tour dates are as follows:

9/22 Hamburg, GER Reeperbahn Festival

9/26 Melbourne, AUS The Cherry Bar

9/27 Melbourne, AUS The Tote

9/28 Sydney, AUS The Annandale Hotel

10/10 Austin, TX Stubb's - Waller Creek Conservancy Benefit

10/11 San Antonio, TX Arneson River Theater

10/14 Austin, TX Austin City Limits

10/20 Mountain View, CA Bridge School Benefit Concert

10/21 Mountain View, CA Bridge School Benefit Concert

10/26 New Orleans, LA Voodoo Festival

Celtic Woman to release second holiday album 'Home For Christmas' on October 9

All-Female Irish Music Ensemble to launch 2012 Christmas celebration symphony tour in December

Beloved global sensation Celtic Woman will release a new holiday album, entitled Home For Christmas, on October 9, 2012, via Manhattan Records. Sure to become a must-have gift item, Home for Christmas features the celestial voices of Chloë Agnew, Lisa Lambe, and Méav Ní Mhaolchatha along with dynamic inventiveness from Celtic Violinist Máiréad Nesbitt. This is the all-female Irish music ensemble’s second Christmas album and features such holiday favorites as “Winter Wonderland, “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” and the Christmas classic “Silent Night”. Its first, the platinum-selling A Christmas Celebration, featured songs from Celtic Woman’s PBS special and is a perennial holiday favorite and stocking-stuffer.

In addition to releasing Home For Christmas, Celtic Woman (Touring Members: Chloë Agnew, Lisa Lambe, Susan McFadden, Máiréad Nesbitt) return to the US on December 1, 2012 for its critically-acclaimed 2012 Christmas Celebration Symphony Tour. The concert tour promises to be a dynamic live music experience that showcases the angelic voices of Celtic Woman underscored by the stirring sound of a full symphony orchestra. Please see below for all tour dates.

Since Celtic Woman’s inception in 2004, the unique ensemble has emerged as a spectacular commercial success and a genuine cultural phenomenon thanks to their evocative, uplifting music. The group’s albums and DVDs have gone multi platinum, sold +7 million units worldwide (including their 2012 project BELIEVE), notched two Top 10 album debuts on the Billboard Top 200 Album chart and four Top 5 releases on the Top DVD Music Video chart, and sold more than 2.2 million concert tickets. All seven Celtic Woman album releases have debuted at #1 on the Billboard World Music Chart.

Celtic Woman – Home For Christmas

Album Tracklisting:

1. I'll Be Home For Christmas (Lisa Lambe)

2. Hark The Herald Angels Sing (Chloë Agnew, Méav Ní Mhaolchatha, Lisa Lambe, Máiréad Nesbitt)

3. Santa Claus Is Coming To Town (Chloë Agnew, Máiréad Nesbitt)

4. Silent Night (Méav Ní Mhaolchatha)

5. We Three Kings (Lisa Lambe, Chloë Agnew, Méav Ní Mhaolchatha)

6. We Wish You A Merry Christmas (Chloë Agnew, Méav Ní Mhaolchatha, Lisa Lambe, Máiréad Nesbitt)

7. What Child Is This (Méav Ní Mhaolchatha, Máiréad Nesbitt)

8. Adeste Fideles (Chloë Agnew)

9. Winter Wonderland (Chloë Agnew, Méav Ní Mhaolchatha, Lisa Lambe, Máiréad Nesbitt)

10. Mary's Boy Child (Lisa Lambe, Chloë Agnew, Méav Ní Mhaolchatha)

11. Auld Lang Syne (Lisa Lambe)

12. Joy To The World (Lisa Lambe, Chloë Agnew, Méav Ní Mhaolchatha)

Celtic Woman — Christmas Celebration Symphony Tour dates are as follows:

12/01 Foxwoods, CT MGM Grand at Foxwoods

12/03 Pittsburgh, PA Heinz Hall

12/04 Pittsburgh, PA Heinz Hall

12/06 Detroit, MI The Fox Theatre

12/07 Minneapolis, MN Convention Center Auditorium

12/08 Naperville, IL Pfeiffer Hall

12/09 Naperville, IL Pfeiffer Hall

12/11 Costa Mesa, CA Segerstrom Center for the Arts

12/13 Temecula, CA Pechanga Resort and Casino

12/14 Temecula, CA Pechanga Resort and Casino

12/15 Indio, CA Fantasy Springs

12/16 Tucson, AZ Centennial Hall

12/18 College Station, TX Rudder Auditorium

12/20 Atlanta, GA Symphony Hall

12/21 Anniston, AL Anniston PAC

12/22 Huntsville, AL Von Braun Center


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