Silent Night - Instrumental Music for the Christmas Season is the 2005 re-release of Cory Reese's classic Christmas album. The re-release features songs recorded on a rich Yamaha piano, the accompaniment of world-class musicians, and enhanced arrangements, making this Reese's most complex album to date.
Cory Reese wasn’t exactly a child prodigy when it came to playing the piano. In fact, he never took a piano lesson in his life, and is still unable to read music. The family piano did more to collect dust than to fill the house with music during his childhood years.
Reese grew up in Sandy, Utah, and was much more interested in playing sports than in sitting down at the piano. It wasn’t until the age of eighteen that he determined that he was going to teach himself how to play. After countless hours of learning how to play the music of other composers, he slowly began to write music himself. Five years later, he recorded his first CD, Moment of Peace, at Spiral Studios. Referred to as his “musical autobiography,” his record Moment of Peace is a chronicle of the young man’s life. Personal moments such as the anticipation of the birth of his child, and the death of his father are played through the notes of his music.
In 2002, Reese released his second album of original music, Heart To Heart: Instrumental and Solo Piano, as well as a live CD recorded during a concert in southern Utah. The following year marked the release of his much-anticipated Christmas CD titled Silent Night: Instrumental Music For The Christmas Season. The CD contains arrangements of traditional Christmas songs as well as two original pieces.
2004 marked the release of Reese’s album, Witness, and is a spiritual testimony of what he holds to be true. The CD is comprised of solo piano arrangements of Christian hymns, as well as two original pieces. A bonus vocal track is included of Kenneth Cope’s song “Face To Face” featuring Pearl Award nominee Sam Payne.
Reese’s music captures the essence of moving solo piano music. Often compared to the music of George Winston, David Lanz, and Paul Cardall, Reese’s music builds on that of his mentors to create a unique, touching, and melodic sound. It is clear that Reese’s personality is in the music. Each note is deliberate and intentional as he weaves a picture in the mind of the listener. He signed a distribution deal with Granite Publishing and Distribution in October of 2003, which has placed his music in stores across the country.