CHRISTMASLAND RELEASED 4 TH DECEMBER 2020
Jonathan Antoine has released the first track from his first ever Christmas album.
His stunning version of ‘Amazing Grace (Grazia)’, available to listen to here, is taken
from ChristmasLand, which will be released on 4 th December.
Featuring the Tudor Choir, the internationally renowned vocal choir from North
America, Jonathan’s version of ‘Amazing Grace’ demonstrates Jonathan’s
remarkable vocal prowess, but also a delicate tendency in his voice too.
On the song, Jonathan says:
“If you live in the western world, the words for this song either have or will cross your
lips at some point in your life. It is that unity that I wish for you to think of when you
listen to this song; the idea that although the millions of others who have sung and
heard this song in their millions of contexts may be so very different to your own and
yourself, we can all share these brief moments of calm in the storm of living. Let
others around you be the Grace that guides you. In the face of adversity, don’t
struggle alone. Reach out.”
Produced by Grammy award winning Gregg Field remotely from LA and featuring
the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, New Zealand’s Choristers of Wellington
Cathedral of St Paul and the Tudor Choir, ChristmasLand was recorded at London’s
Abbey Road Studios across three time zones - the choirs recording from New
Zealand. It includes a magnificent selection of universally beloved Christmas classics,
promising to be a firm family favourite during the festive season for years to come.
The album comprises of traditional cherished carols, arranged to showcase the
formidable voice for which Jonathan is renowned, including O Holy Night, O Come
All Ye Faithful, Silent Night, and Hark! The Herald Angels Sing.
It also features more contemporary classics including White Christmas, Have
Yourself A Merry Little Christmas, and Winter Wonderland, highlighting the tenor’s
versatile range and tone.
Additionally, Jonathan recorded his own rendition of These Are Special Times for
ChristmasLand. Originally recorded by Celine Dion, the track was rewritten by
legendary American songwriter Diane Warren for the album, including a remarkable
new Italian lyric by Grammy Nominated multi-talent Marco Marinangeli.
Jonathan says “I have had the luck to spend the last 25 Christmases with my family,
surrounded by people who love me. It has been a constant throughout my life, and I
feel equally as excitable about it now as I did 20 years ago. I hope that you can feel
not simply that excitement in the waveforms of this audio, but also the fears, the
love, passion and uncertainty that make up our human experience. Christmas doesn't
just mean Christmas, it also means every other day of the year. Please remember this
as we move forward, and treat every day as though it were Christmas – perhaps we
can all meet in ChristmasLand.”
ChristmasLand follows Jonathan’s first album in 4 years, Going The Distance, which
was released earlier this year, going on to become a #1 best seller in the UK Classical
Chart. An immensely personal record, the album features favourite tracks from
Jonathan’s younger years, as well as songs from the world of musical theatre.