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A CREBER CHRISTMAS ALBUM
Holiday classics by a versatile musical family
If you know us (Michelle, Monique and Michael) at all, chances are you know that we really, REALLY love Christmas. We love everything about it: snow, evergreen trees, decorations, big family dinners, the celebration of light in the darkness of winter, the spirit of love and generosity...and, of course, the music. All three of us are professional entertainers with busy careers as actor, singer and dancer (Michelle), vocalist, teacher and producer (Monique), and composer, producer and pianist (Michael) - but when the idea of recording a family Christmas album came up recently, we were immediately ready to drop everything to make it happen.
Okay, maybe not ready to drop EVERYTHING. But definitely ready to put "produce new CD in time for Christmas" at the top of the family To Do list!
We wondered, though: would anyone besides us so much as notice yet another holiday-themed album, even a beautifully-produced one featuring A-list musicians and fantastic pop/jazz repertoire? Michelle, who has a large and enthusiastic fan following on social media, put the question out on Facebook and Twitter: if my parents and I were to release a Christmas CD...would anyone be interested? The response was an immediate and resounding YES!!
So be it! We have already actively started work on it but the main challenge is coming up with the funds while we are still in the process of recouping expenses from Michelle’s debut CD. (Producing high quality recordings is very costly to do as indie artists without record label support.) That's where YOU come in. We need to raise the necessary funds with CD presales by early November.
Why should you invest in our project?
1. The music! If you are familiar with Michelle's debut album, you know that when she covers a song, she does something amazing and different with it. Imagine what she could do with all the great Christmas repertoire out there! If you've seen any shows from Monique & Michael’s Magic of Christmas concert series or heard their compilation CD, you will know that their extensive experience with Christmas repertoire and recordings is going to shine through on this project. The trio are also thrilled to be having Andrew Stein, a super talented singer/musician/arranger, working on the project as well. Plus, more special guests and contributors will be announced!
2. We know what we're doing. Monique is an experienced producer whose most recent project was Michelle’s debut CD. Monique is also a session singer who has done featured vocals for film, TV, animation, jingles and many recording projects. Michael has produced albums for countless clients and has recorded & performed with the likes of k.d.lang, David Foster, Martin Short and Raffi. Michael won a Juno Award and was nominated for a Grammy for his work with Raffi on “Bananaphone”, a song he co-wrote). Michelle has also contributed her singing and acting skills to numerous high-profile film & tv projects such as "My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic", "Smart Cookies" and "The Search for Santa Paws".
3. We work with top notch musicians, engineers, designers and recording studios, and are committed to a final product that has excellent production values. Your pledge will go towards every step of this process, from recording & mastering to artwork & manufacturing, and all the magic in between.
4. Support an important cause. As with Michelle’s Timeless album, a portion of the proceeds will be donated to PLAN International's "Because I Am A Girl" campaign, which addresses the issue of gender inequality in developing countries and promotes women's rights. Although girls are often the poorest of the poor, it’s proven that investing in girls is key to eliminating poverty. When a girl is educated, nourished and protected, she shares her knowledge and skills with her family & community, and can forever change the future of a nation. It’s that powerful!
We're really excited about making this a collective community project, full of the best kind of Christmas spirit and involving as many of YOU as possible; our fans, friends and family from near and far. There are all kinds of ways you can participate, from supporting the project with the equivalent of a simple pre-order of the CD or digital download...all the way up to an Executive Producer credit that comes with a whole sleigh ride of amazing perks! (Which include shipping anywhere in the world) If you want to help but can't make the budget stretch, we'd love it if you would consider spreading the word about the project via Facebook, Twitter, e-mail and just by talking about it to people you know. Every mention makes a difference, and we are very grateful for any support you can provide!
May this Christmas be the best...from our house to yours,
Michelle, Monique & Michael Creber