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Almost That Time of Year

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Almost That Time of Year (Lyrics) is a collection of original and classic Christmas tunes with a contemporary twist. Almost That Time of Year debuts Kennedy’s skills as a vocalist in addition to her already established saxophone and flute playing. The album includes two of her own original Christmas songs in addition to a collection of traditional carols and contemporary seasonal music such as Joni Mitchell’s River and Michael Bolton’s Our Love is Like a Holiday. The album truly exhibits her growth as a performer, musician, composer, and producer since her last last album, Never My Love.

The album also features several artists well known in the smooth jazz industry including Special EFX guitarist and band leader, Chieli Minucci, on Carol of the Bells. Greg Adams, from Tower of Power appears with Shannon on Baby It’s Cold Outside, lending his sensitive trumpet playing to accompany Shannon on soprano saxophone. Peter White also joins Shannon on a few songs on the record including playing piano on River and Baby It’s Cold Outside. Chicago’s sultry guitarist, Nick Colionne, also plays on Santa Baby.

Almost That Time of Year exemplifies Kennedy’s growth and skill as a producer, musician, and recording artist, it is an excellent addition to any music collection.

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Released: 17 Nov 2008

Copyright: 2008 Shannon Kennedy

Genres: Jazz, Music, Pop, Holiday

Credits: Shannon Kennedy – vocals, saxes, flutes and programming
John Gregorius – guitars
Peter White – guitar and piano
Greg Adams – trumpet on Baby its Cold Outside
Nick Colionne – guitar on Santa Baby
Chieli Minucci – guitar on Carol of the Bells
Thomas Drayton – bass
Bob Fazio – bass
Kurt Hamernick – drums and percussion
Spenser Bishop – drums

Original Press Release

Los Angeles, CA — December 9, 2009 – Jazz Saxophonist, Shannon Kennedy announces her special holiday CD release “Almost That Time of Year”, through Angel Eyes Creations Records.

“Almost That Time of Year” is Shannon Kennedy’s debut Christmas Album that showcases her skills as a unique and gifted vocalist. The album includes two of her own original Christmas songs, Almost That Time of Year and The Greatest Gift. In addition to a collection of traditional carols and contemporary seasonal music; such as Joni Mitchell’s River and Michael Bolton’s Our Love is Like a Holiday.

The holiday album also features several well-known artists in the smooth jazz genre including Special EFX guitarist and band leader, Chieli Minucci, on Carol of the Bells. Greg Adams, from Tower of Power appears with Shannon on Baby It’s Cold Outside, lending his sensitive trumpet playing to accompany Shannon on soprano saxophone. Peter White joins Shannon on the record including playing piano on River and Baby It’s Cold Outside. Chicago’s sultry guitarist, Nick Colionne, is featured on Santa Baby.

“Almost That Time of Year” exemplifies Shannon’s skill as a producer, musician, and recording artist. Each song in this holiday collection captures the magic of Christmas in a unique style. The title track Almost That Time of Year is destined to become the new Christmas classic!

“I really enjoyed creating my own interpretations of Christmas music,” said Kennedy. “I had the opportunity to work with a lot of fantastic musicians on the album; they truly brought the arrangements on my album to life.”

“Almost That Time of Year” features Contemporary vocals and instrumental twists on classic Christmas music and New Christmas Classic originals by sax player/vocalist Shannon Kennedy.

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