“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 theyâ€™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 â€œItâ€™s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year,â€ â€œItâ€™s Beginning to Look a lot Like Christmas,â€ â€œIâ€™ll Be Home for Christmas,â€ â€œThe Man with the Bag,â€ â€œO Holy Night,â€ â€œLet it Snow,â€ â€œSleigh Ride,â€ â€œWhite Christmas,â€ â€œBaby, Itâ€™s Cold Outside,â€ â€œHave Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,â€ and â€œThe Christmas Song.â€
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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