Thanks for checking this album out. I've been fortunate to have the help of many very talented musicians in making this album. We've come up with some arrangements that sound great, and are off the beaten path of what you typically hear for a traditional Christmas hymn, while still respecting the tradition the songs came from. The songs vary from ukelele-driven altpop treatments, to clean acoustic folk-oriented arrangements, to blues and rockabilly. I hope you love it all.
In addition to the enjoyment you get from the music, know that you're helping to support a wonderful cause. The proceeds from this album will be donated to help fund the adoption of a very lovely young man with some special medical needs. My wife and I heard about him (his case name is Jack) through some of her friends and a website called Project Hopeful (the source of the album name) which specializes in adoptions of special needs kids.
We had been thinking hard about adopting Jack when the adoption agency let us know that another family who was already approved by a home study agency wanted to adopt Jack. Not wanting to impede Jack finding a family, we bowed out and prayed for things to work out.
A few weeks after we had received word of the new adoptive family, the father of that family came home from work and found his wife dead on the couch—no pulse, no breathing, no knowledge of how long she had been like that. She was rushed to hospital, and they managed to get her heart beating again. She was in a coma for several days with an artificially lowered body temperature, then the attempt was made to revive her (administering anesthetics and slowly raising her body temperature). Thank God, she was successfully revived and is herself again—her memories and personality were not affected.
Unfortunately for Jack, this was a disqualifying medical occurrence for that family—they were no longer eligible to adopt him. My wife and I knew the call would be coming soon to ask us if we were ready to pursue Jack’s adoption, and we were praying for guidance and conviction about what to do. Then we learned that we have a new baby on the way. This is—of course—exciting news, but it means another complication and delay for Jack. His region doesn't allow pregnant couples or couples with babies under a year old to adopt. So this meant at least a two year delay for our ability to adopt Jack.
Recently, a family in Maryland has committed to adopt Jack, and we are excited for him and them. However, adoptions can be very expensive, and like most families this family doesn’t have the tens of thousands of dollars on hand to pay for the administrative and travel expenses associated with the adoption. That’s where this album comes from. It's my hope to help Jack's new adoptive family bring Jack home before he ages out of the orphanage system, and is turned out to fend for himself. Once this happens, the odds are very poor for Jack to be able to survive on his own and afford the medicine he needs to live. Thank you so much for your interest in this album, and for turning this tragic story into a happy one.