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Christmas by the Lake: Homespun Holiday Music

by Various Artists

32 Home Spun Holiday Songs by Northland Musicians
Genre: Holiday: Easy Listening
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  Song Share Time Download
1. The Christmas Song
Rickey Lee Biggs
4:15 album only
2. Wake the World with Joy
Superior Singers
1:46 album only
3. Green Sleeves / What Child Is This
Blue Water Big Band
2:08 album only
4. Mary Did You Know
Laurie Degrio Mattson
3:17 album only
5. Feliz Navidad
Dana Copisky & All About Music
2:53 album only
6. Let It Snow
Sydney Hanson
2:32 album only
7. Little Drummer Boy / Peace on Earth
Proctor High School Choir
2:47 album only
8. Hark the Herald Angels Sing
The North Wind Flute Choir
2:09 album only
9. The Prayer
Leyla Aktekin & Thomas Cawcutt, Sr.
4:31 album only
10. Silver Bells
John Harris
3:02 album only
11. The World for Christmas
Hermantown High School Vocal Point
4:45 album only
12. Only Santa in Town
Jane Aas & Bryan Gatten
2:39 album only
13. Autumn Leaves
Denfeld High School Trio Go
1:49 album only
14. Old Fashioned Christmas
Sarah Mae and the Birkeland Boys
3:43 album only
15. I'll Be Home for Christmas
Whiskey Trail
3:42 album only
16. Angels We Have Heard on High (feat. Peabody, Johnson & Pagan)
4:03 album only
17. Joy to the World
Denfeld and East High School Combined Choirs
2:20 album only
18. All Through the Night
Bill Isles & Kate Isles
3:54 album only
19. On a Christmas
Otiz Mac
2:22 album only
20. Christmas, Baby Come Home
Laura Velvet and the Bookhouse Boys
2:41 album only
21. It's Christmas Once Again
Gina Lee
3:27 album only
22. O Holy Night
Alan Copenhaver
3:17 album only
23. Christmas at the Mission
The Fish Heads
4:20 album only
24. Please Come Home for Christmas
The Mackie Brothers
2:55 album only
25. Merry Christmas from the Family
Tony Don Tracy
3:35 album only
26. Hey Santa
Lake City Smokin Section
4:09 album only
27. Everyone Believes
Greg Tiburzi
3:22 album only
28. Baby, It's Cold Outside
2:49 album only
29. Silent Night
Franken, Cense and Myrrh
2:40 album only
30. Wherever You Are
Jamestown Story
4:05 album only
31. Turn It up Higher (feat. George Zissos & John Zissos)
Bill Sandwick
4:17 album only
32. Gitche Gumee Christmas by the Lake
Kim Olson
2:33 album only
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes

‘Christmas by the Lake’ Volume XI features over 200 homegrown musicians,
Including an original song mastered at Abbey Road Studios in London

Three of the “local kids who made good” are Dane Schmidt, Kim Olson and Will Caesar, Duluth natives who have found success on the national stage and have contributed songs for this year’s CD.
Schmidt, better known by his stage name Jamestown Story, now resides in Nashville. Previously the main vocalist and songwriter of a band also named Jamestown Story, Schmidt chose to keep the band's name and continue on after the band dissolved in 2007. He released his first album under the name “And Then I Turned Seven” in late 2003 and has since released four albums and seven EPs, as well as numerous singles and split EPs. His song on the “Christmas by the Lake” CD is written by his brother, Jordan Schmidt. Jordan has co-written, produced, engineered or mixed songs for Florida Georgia Line, Jason Aldean, Granger Smith, Kane Brown and Chris Lane, to name a few. He also resides in Nashville.
Olson performed at Disneyland Resort in California for over 20 years, and entertained for Showtime Networks for 10 years. He also performs at special events all across the USA and Canada, Originally from Duluth, Olson started singing in his early teens. He had a regional Top 10 Record in the ‘70s called “Paradise” and then moved to California and started working in a movie with Bette Davis, called “White Mama.” He went on to work in many movies and commercials, including a KFC commercial with the real Colonel Sanders.
Caesar currently lives in the Twin Cities and performs with a top act that regularly appears at the Pourhouse in downtown Minneapolis. He still occasionally tours with Quiet Drive, a group that scored a Top 40 hit with a remake of Cindy Lauper’s “Time After Time.” Caesar also is the Senior Copywriter at FRWD, a Twin Cities-based marketing firm.
Other musicians include Bill Sandwick, a well-established regional musician and songwriter who penned the song, “Turn it Up Higher” for this year’s CD. Performing the song with Sandwick are George and John Zissos from the Centerville All-Stars, with background vocals by Tracy Lundeen. The “Turn it Up Higher” recording was produced by George Zissos and was mastered at Abbey Road Studios.
The real story of “Christmas by the Lake,” though, is the participation by so many local and regional musicians, ranging from high school choirs to singer/songwriters and bands. The CD features many traditional holiday favorites. School choirs from Proctor, Hermantown, Denfeld and East all contributed to the CD, and there are a number of new contributors, including: Whiskey Trail, Otiz Mac from RageNCountry, Laura Velvet and the Bookhouse Boys, the Mackie Brothers and Tony Don Tracy.
“The CD features enormously talented people who have penned over a half dozen original songs for this year’s collection,” said Austan Lundeen, Marketing Director for the Bluebird Foundation. “What started humbly 11 years ago has grown to be a tradition with many musicians, and we’re very grateful for their generous contributions to the CD and the talented students it helps support.”
All proceeds from the sale of “Christmas by the Lake” benefit the Bluebird Foundation, a 501 (c) (3) organization that was founded four years ago to support regional, high school aged youth in the performing arts with grants and scholarships.



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