***Chosen as a 2009 Top Pick by christmasreviews.com!***
Jennifer Graf's love of early music, which started in college, was the true impetus for the creation of this album. She took some of her favorite Christmas songs from the 14th to 18th centuries, and combined them with new discoveries on this ambitious album. Not only is she featured on many solo selections, but she recruited many of her talented singer friends to join her. There are five songs which feature acappella SATB quartet, two songs which feature full chorus, and two duets. Ms. Graf also sings harmony with herself on three tracks, where she recorded each vocal line separately in the studio.
She is accompanied by Mr. Terry Musselman, who also accompanied her on her first CD, "Tidings of Christmas." Jennifer also welcomed Kerry Ziegler on guitar, as well as Karen El-Chaar on recorder.
Jennifer Graf - lead vocals and soprano in all ensembles, tambourine
Terry Musselman - keyboards
Kerry Ziegler - guitar
Karen El Chaar - recorder
Dan McKinney - drum
Jennica Musselman - graphic design
Barbara Peterson-Clint - photography
Recorded and mastered - summer/fall, 2009 by Dan McKinney, Dan's House Studio, Center Valley, PA
"All Hail to the Days" - Amy Graf Kozel
"The Truth From Above" - Ryan Goulden
"Joseph lieber, Joseph mein", "Patapan", "Remember O Thou Man", "The Boar's Head Carol" "The Wexford Carol" - Elizabeth Francisco, Matthew Knecht, Matt Francisco
"Emmanuel" - Kristen Conrad, Elizabeth Francisco, Meghan Williams, Matthew Valent, Matt Francisco
"O Magnum mysterium" - Kristen Conrad, Darlene Kelsey, Elizabeth Francisco, Meghan Williams, Matthew Valent, Matthew Knecht, Matt Francisco, Jeffrey Carr
Jennifer Graf, soprano, sings operetta, opera, early music, musical theatre, and jazz. She performs regularly in the northeast United States, and made her European debut in 2007. Her first CD, "Tidings of Christmas" was released in 2006. She is founder and director of Olde Towne Carolers. Many of the group's performers can be heard on this disc.
Learn more about Jennifer at www.jennifergraf.com.