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Christmas Passion

by Stephen Melillo

"Traditional" Christmas Carols like you've never heard them before, featuring 7 Exceptional Star Artists from the Grammy Community. From adventure to stillness, to celebration and reflection, humor and Passion. Enjoy & Godspeed! S
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  Song Share Time Download
1. What Can I Give Him? (feat. Adelmo Guidarelli)
1:31 $0.99
2. Rest Not Ye Merry Gentlemen , Segue Emanuel (feat. Adelmo Guidarelli)
7:14 $1.99
3. Away in a Manger (feat. Cindy Hughlett)
4:41 $1.79
4. Ave Maria (feat. Aeone)
3:51 $1.79
5. What Child Is This? (feat. Jann Klose)
4:54 $1.79
6. O Holy Night (feat. Jann Klose)
3:33 $1.79
7. Angels We Have Heard on High (feat. Aeone)
5:10 $1.79
8. The Littlest Drummer Boy & the Angel Girl (feat. Erin Hannon & Michael Ashby)
5:48 $1.99
9. The 12 Days & 15 Keys of Christmas! (feat. Armand Hutton)
3:43 $1.79
10. Stille Nacht for Soliloquoy Piano
3:14 $0.99
11. Glory to the Newborn King! (feat. Erin Hannon)
5:12 $1.79
12. What Can I Give Him? (Ver. 2)
2:39 $0.99
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Album Notes
This album is for everyone, Christian, Jew, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, anyone who follows the Star, the quest for Light and the Brotherhood of Man. And, as you’ll hear, it’s not all serious. Some marketer might say, “You can’t have such a wide range of contrasts in emotions and dynamics! You need to find a niche!” Instead, relish the story, face the joy and the hurt and the daring and the adventure and the humor, the spectacle and the visions that your mind conjures. It’s for all of us, not the niche.

What is meant by “Christmas PASSION?”  Offered within this Music is a never-ending recursive loop between the “joy” of Christmas and the unimaginables of the Passion. Yes, the Story ends and begins anew in the Resurrection, but the Birth, in order to be killed at the hands of His own creation, summons within, a stunning, circular, never-resolved Paradox. It would be easy to include and connect this Music backward and forwards in Time to all of the STORMWORKS! I think Iconoclast should be on this album! So should All This Shall Be Yours, and the Prayer of Our Lord, but you see? It all becomes part of one stunning, circular, never-resolved, paradoxical, looping Story. Please enjoy this offering and listen again and again from year to year to year.

Godspeed! Stephen Melillo
with Musical Artists: Adelmo Guidarelli, Armand Hutton, Aeone, Jann Klose, Michael Ashby, Erin Hannon and Cindy Hughlett.



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C J Alexander

Wonderful New Arrangements of Timeless Christmas Classics
'Christmas Passion' is a phenomenal album. Stephen Melillo has brought such freshness to these traditional works and really breathed new life into them. They've been arranged with such deep sensitivity to the subject matter. I especially loved the arrangements of 'Emmanuel', 'Ave Maria', and 'Angels We Have Heard On High' - which literally brought tears to my eyes with its soaring strings, brass and vocals cascading over one another in the second half. 'The 12 Days and 15 Keys of Christmas' is such a brilliant and fun arrangement (the kind you can envisage going viral on YouTube with a capella groups performing it!); hats off to Armand Hutton for his stellar vocal maneuverings through all 15 keys! 'Rest Not Ye Merry Gentlemen' is an unexpected take on an old classic that renders it truly epic! I enjoyed the contrasting styles. They help to tell the story and create a feeling of moving from one 'scene' to another, not just from one 'song' to another, as though you're listening to a recording of a stage show - which this certainly could (and should!) be. Congratulations to Stephen Melillo and to all the wonderful vocalists who brought this amazing project to life. I will enjoy listening to this year after year.

Keyna Darling

Most beautiful I have ever heard
If you have not heard the Christmas Passion, it is a must for everyone! Stephen Melillo is a wonderful creator and composer. I have had the enormous pleasure of working with Stephen on a movie we did together. The Christmas songs we all love and have enjoyed for years are brought to life in a beautiful way in his CD. I almost sensed that I was there in every song living the moment. By far this is one of the most inspirational CDs I have ever heard.

Keyna Darling