CHRISTMAS FROM THE HEART
Kevin Cole, Vocals/PianoRecorded LIVE at St. Stanislaus Kostka Church, Bay City, Michigan, December 9, 2007
Sylvia McNair, Vocals
The Carolyn Mawby Chorale
Carolyn Mawby, Director
Combine over nine hundred people in a one hundred thirty four year old church, with two-time Grammy Award winning soprano Sylvia McNair, with world-renowned pianist-singer-songwriter Kevin Cole, and the forty-eight member Carolyn Mawby Chorale, and the result is Christmas From the Heart. Recorded LIVE, this CD is comprised of traditional carols and original works by Kevin Cole. Christmas From the Heart has songs you will know and sing along to throughout the holiday season.
The Two CD Recordings Below Are Available Directly from The Carolyn Mawby Chorale
To place an order, please print the order form and mail to:
The Carolyn Mawby Chorale
c/o Paul Ballard
Swartz Creek, MI 48473
Songs for the Christmas Season
|1. O Yule Full of Gladness||arr. Carolyn Jennings|
|2. The Friendly Beasts||arr. Robert Scholz|
|3. Angels' Carol||John Rutter|
|4. There Is No Rose||Gary Garcia|
|5. Ave Maria||Colin Mawby|
|6. Ding Dong! Merrily On High||arr. Carolyn Jennings|
|7. Slava||Sergei Rachmaninoff|
|8. Bogoroditse||Sergei Rachmaninoff|
|9. The Holly and the Ivy||Colin Mawby|
|10 What Sweeter Music||John Rutter|
|11. Hallelu!||Stephen Paulus|
|12. Gdy Sliczna Panna||Old Polish Carol arr. Kevin Cole|
|13. Silent Night||Franz Gruber/arr. Kevin Cole|
|14. Have Yourself a Blessed Little Christmas||Hugh Martin/arr. Kevin Cole|
|15. This Christmastide||Donald Fraser|
Songs from Stage and Screen Musicals
The Carolyn Mawby Chorale with Kevin Cole
"The Song Is You"
- It's a Grand Night for Singing
- The Way You Look Tonight
- But Not for Me
- Strike Up the Band!
- Love Is Here to Stay
- Dancing in the Dark
- New Sun in the Sky
- Get Happy
- You're the Reason
- My Funny Valentine
- Lullaby / Over the Rainbow
- Count Your Blessings Instead of Sheep
- The Song Is You / Look for the Silver Lining
(The songs with next to them have downloadable mp3 excerpts.)
At Kevin Cole's Request for Liner Notes,
Songwriter Hugh Martin Wrote the Following:
The reason these liner notes get a little effusive at times is that I wrote them while I was actually listening to the album for the first time. I don't think I have the ability to describe to you how powerfully it impacted me. Everything about it was in perfect taste, all the enhancements actually made the great songs greater, and above all, the banner above it was SIMPLICITY!
I'm grateful for this marvelous CD for many reasons. I have long felt that choral singing is one of the great musical forms of expression, and that the people who do it well are the unsung heroes of the performing arts. I have been lucky enough to work with many great stars, both on Broadway and in Hollywood. Much as I revere them, I hold the men and women of the ensembles (both singing and dancing) in just as much esteem and affection as the stars. Ladies and gentleman, sopranos, altos, tenors and basses – take a bow! I salute you with love and something akin to awe! Such an ensemble is the Carolyn Mawby Chorale, unknown to me until I heard their fabulous work on this outstanding album.
As fine as the chorale is, the centerpiece is Kevin Cole, no getting around it. Kevin is someone to be reckoned with, the most formidable talent to emerge in recent years. He started modestly as an accompanist for singers, submerged himself in orchestras of different sorts, then exploded into the concert hall, appearing as piano soloist with many of the top symphony orchestras.
Like Judy Garland, someone like you comes along once in a century. And I do mean it!