His name is synonymous with greatness, skill and longevity. With a stellar music career that spans over thirty-years, Gerald Albright is not only a master saxophonist, he is also a multi-instrumentalist, who takes extreme pride in producing extraordinary music that resonates deep into the hearts and souls of people on a global scale. From an early age, the 8-time Grammy nominated musician, has been completely aware of the power that music has on people, including himself and doesn’t take that for granted. Thinking back to the start of his career, Albright explains, “I knew music, in some capacity, was going to be part of my life. Early on, I didn’t know it was going to be the actual job for me or vocation for me, but I knew at the time, that music was the one element that made me feel comfortable and it was therapeutic for me.” He is grateful and feels blessed, that he has been given the honor of being able to share his talent with people from all walks of life, regardless of gender, age, race or ethnic background. In the true essence of what his music does to uplift and inspire humankind—he is certainly touching lives in a positive way. Speaking of blessings, Albright is giving everyone a grand gift by releasing his very first Christmas CD on October 11, 2019! It gets even more exciting because, pre-sale ordering of this highly-anticipated and long-awaited CD, opens up on Friday, September 27th! We had a chance to speak with the legendary musician in between his busy touring schedule and he gave us some insight into the creative thought process related to the production of the CD, its catchy name and the dynamic collaborations involved.
This is your first Christmas album in over 30 years. Why now?
It just felt like the right time to do it. Over the years, many of my fans would inquire about a Christmas CD, but I had other projects in mind! I’m excited about celebrating the holiday season with this project!
The album is titled, “Not So Silent Night,” which is a spin on the Christmas classic of, “Silent Night.” How did this come about in planning the album?
Actually, my graphic designer, Dinh Tran, came up with the idea. I thought it was very fitting for the musical arrangements that we did on the project.
Who else collaborated on the album with you?
My featured artists are Bebe Winans, Take 6, Jonathan Butler, and my daughter Selina Albright. My arrangers and musicians are Chris Davis and James Roberson. Rick Watford on guitar.
What can listeners expect from this Christmas CD?
This is a Christmas CD that is designed not only for the holiday season, but to enjoy year-round! The arrangements are very unique and powerful, with a ton of surprises. Everyone gave their all from beginning to end!
The 2nd Annual Albright Family Christmas Tour kicks off at the end of November, can we expect some of these songs from your new album to be performed by you and your daughter Selina?
Yes! We will pick songs from the new CD and blend them with favorite songs from each of our other albums respectively
Speaking of Christmas and the holiday season—many schools put on holiday programs based on music and the joy it brings. In what ways are music education programs important?
It has been scientifically proven that music enhances the learning skills of the students that are exposed to it. So, the importance of its inclusion should not be denied. It is a joy to see the smiling faces of the youth when we perform our music in their presence. That’s why I continue to bring music to the masses!
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