When the first COVID shutdown happened, I was gigging regularly as a side musician and nearing the end of my first year of university, and all of a sudden all of my classes and gigs were cancelled! It was super surreal, but it allowed me to rediscover the joy I felt as a solo artist. I had taken a hiatus from my solo work for a few years but continued writing. I figured there was no better time to finally make and release the album than this summer! I have been in university full time this year, while trying to promote the album at the same time, so things have been busy. But I’m almost at the end of the term now, so I’ll be focusing a lot more on music over the next few months
This ambient, etherial and earthy piece, arranged by Little Known Artist (Dean Stairs), is almost haunting in its raw delivery of the Canadian Christmas Hymn, “The Huron Carol”. MusicNL’s 2020 Newfound Talent Contest winner, Beth Lane is featured in the beautiful vocals. The original in the Huron language is said to date back to 1642, probably written by Jean de Brébeuf, a Jesuit missionary at Sainte-Marie among the Hurons in Canada. The English translation was written by Jesse Edgar Middleton in 1926.
Reportedly the first Canadian Carol, the hymn entered the Huron Tribe’s oral tradition. Father de Brébeuf told the Nativity story using symbols that the Huron people easily understood.
This pop/jazz version of the Christmas Classic, “I Heard the Bells On Christmas Day”, brings the groove to the holiday season. Arranged and performed by Little Known Artist, Dean Stairs, features the powerful vocals of the 2020 MusicNL’s Newfound Talent winner, Beth Lane.
Little Known Artist projects feature various vocalists and are produced, arranged and performed by Dean Stairs, owner and operator of Citadel House Record Label.