Songs for the Christmas Season
1. O Yule Full of Gladnessarr. Carolyn Jennings
2. The Friendly Beastsarr. Robert Scholz
3. Angels' CarolJohn Rutter
4. There Is No RoseGary Garcia
5. Ave MariaColin Mawby
6. Ding Dong! Merrily On Higharr. Carolyn Jennings
7. SlavaSergei Rachmaninoff
8. BogoroditseSergei Rachmaninoff
9. The Holly and the Ivy Colin Mawby
10 What Sweeter Music John Rutter
11. Hallelu!Stephen Paulus
12. Gdy Sliczna PannaOld Polish Carol arr. Kevin Cole
13. Silent Night Franz Gruber/arr. Kevin Cole
14. Have Yourself a Blessed Little ChristmasHugh Martin/arr. Kevin Cole
15. This Christmastide Donald Fraser
Christmas From the Heart
Kevin Cole, Vocals/Piano
Sylvia McNair, Vocals
The Carolyn Mawby Chorale
Carolyn Mawby, Director
Recorded LIVE at St. Stanislaus Kostka Church, Bay City, Michigan, December 9, 2007
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.
Songs from Stage and Screen Musicals
The Carolyn Mawby Chorale with Kevin Cole
"The Song Is You"
My Funny Valentine
Lullaby / Over the Rainbow
Count Your Blessings Instead of Sheep
The Song Is You / Look for the Silver Lining
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!