KELSEA BALLERINI and JOEY ALEXANDER RELEASE NEW SINGLE
“MY FAVORITE THINGS” FOR THE HOLIDAY SEASON
Standout Performance Airs During CMA Country Christmas Special Nov. 28 on ABC
Nashville, Tenn. (November 23, 2016)
Country music’s superstar sweetheart Kelsea Ballerini teams with critically acclaimed, two-time Grammy nominated pianist Joey Alexander to release their collaboration on “My Favorite Things” to all digital retailers November 25.
The classic tune from Sound of Music (1959; Rodgers and Hammerstein) was the title track of Alexander’s debut instrumental album in 2015, which hit #1 on the Billboard Jazz Albums chart.
With the addition of Ballerini’s charming contemporary vocals, the two create a new Christmas standard for every generation to love for years to come.
Composor: Richard Rodgers (June 28, 1902 – December 30, 1979)
Release Date: 25 Nov 2016
Label: Black River Entertainment
Formats: AC, Country, Smooth Jazz, Holiday, Christmas, Jazz, Adult Hits, Non-Commercial, NPR
“I got a good dose of that warm southern hospitality from the folks from Black River Records and the Nashville country music community, and performing with Kelsea Ballerini was amazing,” said Alexander. “I’m really proud of the work we’ve done and excited to share our new holiday single with the world.”
"Putting out 'Favorite Things' with Joey has been one of my proudest and most exciting projects and moments so far," beams Ballerini. "He is so incredibly talented and, more so, so humble. Being in the studio and listening to him play so effortlessly over and over really challenged me to be my best. I'm so excited for people to hear this!"
Their performance of the beloved song was a standout from 2016’s CMA Country Christmas special, with Ballerini’s bright voice taking on a smoky hue over the sophisticated stylings of Alexander’s keyboard work. The newly-recorded studio version will be serviced to country radio for the holiday season, and fans should tune in to watch these young talents make musical magic on the stage of the Grand Ole Opry when CMA Country Christmas airs November 28 and Christmas Eve on ABC.
We're so happy to welcome 13-year-old pianist @_JoeyAlexander to #CMAchristmas to perform w/ @KelseaBallerini! pic.twitter.com/RgnrHmgMkL— CMA Country Music (@CountryMusic) 17 November 2016
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Joey Alexander has held the #1 spot at jazz radio for seven consecutive weeks with his sophomore album titled “Countdown,” produced by Grammy Award winning Jason Olaine and featuring three original compositions (“City Lights,” “Sunday Waltz” and “Soul Dreamer”). It is the highly anticipated follow-up to his critically acclaimed debut, My Favorite Things, which hit #1 on the Billboard Jazz Albums chart and was nominated for two Grammy Awards (“Best Jazz Instrumental Album” and “Best Improvised Solo”), making Joey the youngest jazz artist ever nominated for a Grammy. He performed live on the Grammy telecast this year, introduced by Recording Academy President Neil Portnow and received a standing ovation. The 13-year-old pianist from Bali, Indonesia, who made his U.S. debut at Lincoln Center before his 11th birthday, has been interviewed by Anderson Cooper for 60 Minutes; has been featured on CNN with Christiane Amanpour; has been interviewed/performed on The Today Show and NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt, and has appeared on the front page of the New York Times. The 2016 Downbeat Magazine Critics Poll “Rising Star” winner, who has performed for Presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, sells out tour dates weeks in advance. Time Magazine calls him a Next Generation Leader. Newport Jazz Festival founder George Wein, among the first to book him, says this kind of musical genius only comes round every 20 to 40 years.For more information, please visit JoeyAlexandermusic.com and Motema.com.