Jonathan Cain, longtime keyboardist and rhythm guitarist in Journey, releases his first Christmas album, Unsung Noel, October 13. The album will be available on CD, as a double audiophile vinyl record and at digital retailers globally. The 14-track Unsung Noel will take listeners on a journey through classics like Angels We Have Heard On High, Oh Holy Night and Do You Hear What I Hear alongside Matt Redman’s Light Of The World and 10 brand new songs written by Cain. A video trailer of the new album can be seen now on Cain’s Facebook page.
“The music came to me over the course of two recent Journey tours, and I recorded the entire album during a 10-day break this spring,” reveals Cain. “I wrote and arranged most of this album on the road in hotel rooms as we traveled from city to city.
“I was hearing bold music that would lift up the birth of Jesus,” he continues. “This album is dedicated to the coming of Christ and the events in scripture that is the core of our Christian belief.”
Cain began to lay the foundation for the new Christmas album following the release of What God Wants To Hear, his critically acclaimed solo album that impacted Christian music charts and garnered invitations to perform at such celebrated events as Liberty University Convocation, North America's largest weekly gathering of Christian students, and at the President’s Christian Inaugural Gala in Washington, D.C.
Contemplating a Christmas album for years, Cain felt that aspects of the Nativity story have been largely overlooked by writers. “Joseph’s Pride” and “Hail Mary” from Unsung Noel, for instance, tell the story from the perspective of Jesus’ earthly parents while the album’s title track is a new song of praise: “The miracles and mystery of the events of the birth of our Savior should be lifted up and this song celebrates and highlights those sacred times,” shares Cain.
Playing piano, keys and singing lead vocals on the new album, Cain is joined in the studio by such sought-after musicians as drummer Tommy Harden, bassist David Labruyere, acoustic guitarist Steven Sheehan, electric guitarist Mike Payne and keyboardist Howard Duck , as well as the Grace Church Nashville choir on Emmanuel and O Holy Nightanuel.
Southern Gospel's Griffith Family, recently reached an exclusive recording and distribution deal with Newday Records, a division of Daywind Music Group and Newday Distribution. The debut recording has an anticipated release in early 2018. The first single from the exciting release impacts radio this month, titled "That's Who He Is". The Griffith Family has become one of the industry’s most sought after new artists over the last few years, earning a spot on a national tour with Adam Crabb (Gaither Vocal Band, Crabb Family), television spots on TBN and other networks, and appearances on major stages like Dollywood and the National Quartet Convention.
Southern soloist Jonathan Wilburn is debuting new material from a new recording, entitled Tell Me the Story. The recording features a mix of hymns, patriotic, and original material sure to be a hit among fans of his unique blend of traditional and country based Southern Gospel music. Tell Me the Story will release on Daywind Records on October 13. Jonathan commented, "This album is my first solo project on the Daywind label, produced by Scott Godsey. It’s a combo of some of my favorites, along with some new music. God has blessed this process from day one.”