Maine native, singer-songwriter Don Campbell released a collection of 14 Christmas classics and 4 original holiday songs that has become a seasonal favorite with new and old fans alike. Campbell produced and arranged the album featuring signature fiddle and guitar sounds of the Don Campbell Band and added piano and cello instrumentation on the project, recorded in Portland, Maine over the summer and early fall of 2002.
The making of “A Don Campbell Christmas” was motivated by fans and by a tradition. For over 10 years, Campbell has played music at the local Cerebral Palsy Center's annual Christmas party. “When my friend, Sue Brewer, a teacher at the CP Center, first approached me in 1990 about playing some Christmas music for this gathering, I had no idea what was in store or that this experience would become one of the biggest gifts I've ever been given. It's a joy to be a part of their annual celebration, and after so many years, it seemed like it was about time to record a Christmas music project!” said Campbell. Additionally, fans of Campbell's and the Don Campbell Band had been suggesting the same. In the fall of 2001, the Band surveyed fans to learn what their favorite Christmas classics were and what they'd like to hear on the CD. They received several hundred votes for a total of nearly 100 different Christmas song suggestions. The two biggest vote getters, I'll Be Home for Christmas, and the Irving Berlin classic, White Christmas are just two of the 14 classics on the CD.
Track #5, Don's original song, Giving Man, was named "Holiday Song of the Year" in the Just Plain Folks Music Awards.
Don Campbell has been named Maine's Best Singer-Songwriter in the 2004-2009 Maine Sunday Telegram Annual Readers' Polls and is looking forward to releasing a NEW Christmas CD in 2010!!
Hope this collection adds joy to your special times!