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The Tenors - Christmas Together

Posted by Kat Cullen on 2017/12/18

I am such a huge fan of Christmas music I start playing it in early November, just so I have lots of time to hear everything. I love old standards, I love instrumentals, I love classic carols and now I love The Tenors. Christmas Together is the perfect vehicle for three perfect voices, blending together in perfect harmony.

A decade after forming here in Canada, this trio of handsome hunks has become an international success story. Victor Micallef, Clifton Murray, and Fraser Walters have earned multi-platinum sales, performed for  Oprah Winfrey and HM Queen Elizabeth II and shared stages with superstars ranging from Paul McCartney to Justin Bieber.

Yet in spite of all this acclaim, the boys are still just boys at heart.  "Our whole career has been about finding songs we really love,” says Clifton. “The thing about Christmas music is it’s the music that takes us back furthest in our lives, because we’ve been listening to these songs since we were children.”

Christmas Together combines both old and new favorites — including original material – that truly reflects The Tenors' personal and artistic growth.  They were involved in each step of the creative process behind this record, working on arrangements and production. And obviously singing their beautiful hearts out.

Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas is poignant, tender and sweet. I'll Be Home For Christmas continues the sentimental trend and Little Drummer Boy is a most wonderful vehicle for those perfectly blended voices.

All three are now married men, and Walters welcomed a daughter a year ago. Micallef has a nine-year-old son, who makes a cameo appearance on “Santa’s Wish,” a new song adapted from “I’d Like To Teach The World To Sing (In Perfect Harmony),” with fresh lyrics and music by the Tenors, telling a tale of a young boy who witnesses Santa disguised as a street musician.

Murray, who isn’t yet a dad – “I have a new puppy, though, so that’s a warmup,” he says – thinks ‘Christmas Together’ is “more playful” as a result: “We really tried to capture the essence of what it’s like to be a child at Christmastime. The wonder and mystery of it, the sense that miracles can happen.” At the same time, Murray says, “There’s a lot of nostalgia. You think of those magical times sitting around the dinner table, singing with family. These songs have been the soundtrack to our memories.”

Micallef continues, “We’ve included classic songs like ‘O Come All Ye Faithful’ and ‘Little Drummer Boy,’ but tried to go in a slightly different direction and add some rhythm.”  The Toronto Symphony Orchestra shows up to join the festivities and the lads introduce world-music accents while still doing their thing - rising to operatic heights.

Canadian country crooner joins the boys on a stirring a cappella arrangement of God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen and Mary, Did You Know fulfills the dream of many fans - it was one of the songs most requested.

I will admit to some skepticism when I saw Please Come Home For Christmas on the track list. Seriously? Tenors taking on the blues? Well knock me over with a feather - they pull it off with gusto, guts and glory; an absolutely stellar rendition.

Christmas Together is a much welcome addition to my holiday playlist this year.  I'm quite sure I'll be having Christmas together with The Tenors for many years to come!

Vickie van Dyke

Morning Host

 

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