Suite Christmas Rush is the first international release for Carrie Lyn Infusion. Born out of a request from an Australian Christmas light display enthusiast who was looking for new music to top his last two years of winning displays, Ryan of Ryan’s Christmas Lights from Salisbury East, Australia, found “that Violynist”, Carrie Lyn, from a YouTube entry for the TSO Wizards In Winter contest. Her entry from the 2006 TSO contest she was encouraged by her husband to post even though she was not one of the instrumentalists sited for consideration. Ryan felt that her Christmas carol medley would be perfect with a fresh, original accompaniment.
In 2007, the project fell on poor timing and the band had been on break with a prayer to have the right combination of talent, chemistry, focus, and love of soul driven original music that she and her long time guitarist, Martin “Marty” Bappert had been writing and performing. On Feb 2nd, (Carrie Lyn’s birthday) of 2008 everything changed when she met Rudy “Ruff Stuff” Wilson, electric bass player, while in Peoria, IL, with her daughter. Always chatting with new musicians, Carrie learned Rudy was getting ready for a gig with the Illinois 144th Army National Guard Jazz Band, but was interested in her music and thought his friend ,comrade, percussionist, Emanuel “Manny” Smith, might enjoy making some new music too. Sharing a jam with the new rhythm section and Carrie Lyn’s composer/keyboard, percussion friend, Joel Everett, Carrie Lyn and Marty knew the combo was perfect. This was quite the answer to prayer - as Rudy and Manny are committed to drive four hours from their home to rehearse on Saturday mornings, leaving at 4am for an all day rehearsal. With only two to three rehearsals a month, Carrie Lyn Infusion feels blessed to share this piece that took two years of patiently waiting for the Lord’s perfect timing, and God Speed to present this music with only two rehearsals!!
With special thanks to husband, Joe Davids for his sound engineering and daughter, Christie Davids for album artwork, Suite Christmas Rush is a riveting and rockin’ music-logue of traditional Christmas Carols that celebrates Christ’s birth with an introduction from “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen”, an invitation to join on racing camel back “We Three Kings”, who traveled fast and furiously to find just what happened that “Silent Night, Holy Night”, asking the epic question “What Child Is This?” , receiving the glorious strains of confirmation from “Angels We Have Heard On High”, that indeed, Christ our Savior had been born, bringing “tiding of comfort and joy for us who have gone astray” . . . With all the exhilaration of this blessed Holy Season, Merry Christmas from Carrie Lyn, Marty, Joel, Rudy, and Manny - enjoy the
Suite Christmas Rush!