KINGSWOOD are rounding off what has been a massive year of music for the band with their take on some Christmas classics in forthcoming album – A Kingswood Christmas.
Engaging a long lasting love for pioneering voices such as Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby, Ella Fitzgerald and Nat King Cole, the album is Kingswood’s tribute to the music that has soundtracked many a classic festive season.
The idea of creating a Christmas album is one that Kingswood have been ruminating on for some time. With a year as unpredictable as 2020 finally coming to an end though, it feels like the perfect time for Kingswood to release a record that is both fun, warming and hopeful.
12 Christmas favourites are brought to life on A Kingswood Christmas, including some inspired takes on ‘O Holy Night’, ‘I’ll Be Home For Christmas’ and ‘Silent Night’, with both Alex Laska and Fergus Linacre trading lead vocal duties throughout, beautifully complementing one another.
“With a deep love of the many and varied Jazz-eras and the show-tune stylings of big bands that shaped American and furthermore, western global musical trends for some decades, our fascinations with the classic inspired interpretations on Christmas standards have long been celebrated throughout the years of Kingswood.” KINGSWOOD
The band recorded A Kingswood Christmas out of Melbourne’s Newmarket Studios with Guus Hoevenaars, along with added instrumentation from some talented musicians including Irena Laska (Flute), Richard Butler (Tenor Saxophone), Steve Hornby (Double Bass) Jack Davies (Double Bass). Following on from the band’s previously released 2020 material on the Reveries and Juveniles records, the team behind A Kingswood Christmas have engineered this album into a final product that fits in alongside perfectly.
The band’s already proven versatility as musicians lends itself brilliantly to a Christmas album such as this, bringing together rich vocals and instrumentation in a way that provokes some great nostalgia while also demonstrating the band’s talent in a fresh way.
Profits from the sales of A Kingswood Christmas will be donated to Beyond Blue, an effort that holds special significance for the band. Realising that they have the opportunity to help others less fortunate, particularly as we head into the Christmas season, Kingswood have paired up with Beyond Blue to raise funds for their Coronavirus Mental Wellbeing Support Service.
“Mental health is an issue that we have always been passionate about, and we have had the honour to work with many great organisations throughout our career. Many Australians are approaching an unprecedented period of difficulty, with the ongoing hardships the pandemic has caused, running into Christmas. The experts at Beyond Blue recognise that sometimes holidays can also bring stress, anxiety and depression, particularly among those dealing with loneliness, relationship difficulties or financial worries. Beyond Blue provides vital support for all Australians and together, we want to remind everyone that if you’re in strife and you need support for your mental health, reach out and ask.” KINGSWOOD
- White Christmas
- It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas
- Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!
- O Holy Night
- Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town
- The Christmas Song
- Winter Wonderland
- Sleigh Ride
- I’ll Be Home For Christmas
- Mistletoe and Holly
- Silent Night
- Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas