New Christmas Album – Buffalo locals

“Christmas at Home”
Performed by John and Gillian Riesen, classically trained performers.

With the COVID-19 health crisis impacting the live performing arts industry in the US, John Riesen and Gillian Lynn Cotter (Riesen) put their minds to a passion project they’ve long desired to make, a Christmas album of classic songs and duets. To accomplish this, the singers banded together with a family organization in Detroit, Michigan called Box Five Productions and a studio in Lansing, Michigan, Blue Griffin Recording, to produce the album, with hopes to uplift and bring music to so many in need of it during this challenging year.

Riesen and Lynn Cotter are joined by pianist Neill Campbell and jazz trombonist Chris Glassman, with background vocals by Lindsay Campbell. Tracks include the classics “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” “It’s Beginning to Look a lot Like Christmas,” “I’ll Be Home for Christmas,” “The Man with the Bag,” “O Holy Night,” “Let it Snow,” “Sleigh Ride,” “White Christmas,” “Baby, It’s Cold Outside,” “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” and “The Christmas Song.”

John Riesen and Gillian Lynn Cotter met performing professionally in 2014 as Artists in Residence with Shreveport Opera in Louisiana. As their working relationship grew, so did their romantic relationship. As they continued to perform around the world in locations such as Italy, China, and across the US, they got engaged, married, and now have a beautiful baby boy together. CHRISTMAS AT HOME is their latest collaboration.


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New Christmas Album – Buffalo locals

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