JOHN SCLITT : The Christmas Project. (Elevate Entertainment: http://www.schlittshop.com)
When this album was released in digital form last year, NFN reviewer, Robin Thompson called it a “unique, superbly crafted and thoroughly enjoyable Christmas album”. He gave it a massive 10/10 rating, as it became our album of the month. One year on, and the album has now been released in CD format, so I was keen to see what all the fuss was about. In typical Schlitt style, the singer opens with the rock orientated ‘Hallelujah Chorus’. How on earth he manages to hit those high notes, is beyond me! It’s a taste of things to come, as the singer rocks his way through well known Christmas classics. ‘Little Drummer Boy’ has been sung by many big stars but, here, John Schlitt makes it his own, with soaring vocals and excellent orchestration. ‘O Holy Night’ is about as sweet as Schlitt gets with, again, some lovely orchestral production. Despite me knowing most of the songs so well, Schlitt manages to make them sound new, whilst keeping the magic of the festive season. ‘God Rest You Merry Gentlemen’ is so different to the version we all know, but somehow, it just seems right! I dare anyone, not to find themselves joining in with ‘Good Christian Men Rejoice’. It just grabs you, and makes you want to sing along. I wasn’t so keen on ‘We Three Kings’ but if you want a new original song to sing this festive season, then look no further than ‘What Christmas Needs’. It’s not full blown rock but, it’s a great song and one that needs to be heard across radio stations this December. If you didn’t get this album last year, make sure you do now. 10/10.
Multiple Grammy and Dove Award-winning recording artist JOHN SCHLITT recently attended the 2014 International Christian Retail Show (ICRS) held in Atlanta to promote his upcoming Christmas CD, The Christmas Project. While at the conference, Schlitt met with numerous media outlets and ministries, including Life Today TV, Control Track TV, World News Group Radio, and more. He also was a featured guest in the Send the Light (STL) Distribution booth, where he signed copies of his new Christmas CD, The Christmas Project. For more information about Schlitt and The Christmas Project, visit www.johnschlitt.com
4K Records has announced that “Live It Loud” from The Greater Cause, the current CD from multiple Grammy and Dove Award-winning recording artist JOHN SCHLITT, has been released to both Christian and mainstream radio.
The single, co-written by Schlitt; Dan Needham, the CD’s producer; popular Nashville session player and touring musician Chris Rodriguez; and songwriter and recording artist Scott Faircloff. “Live It Loud” is the fourth single from his current CD, The Greater Cause. Schlitt is also currently promoting a Christmas CD, The Christmas Project, which was released digitally in November 2013 and is set for a brick and mortar release in the Fall. For more information about Schlitt and The Greater Cause, visit www.johnwschlitt.com
Grammy and Dove Award-winning vocalists JOHN SCHLITT and JOHN ELEFANTE have announced an American tour in late 2014 that will bring together the two legendary singers for a one-of-a-kind music experience. The tour, titled Voices of Rock, features Schlitt, lead singer of Petra and former lead singer with Head East, and Elefante, who is known for his work with Kansas, as well as Mastedon. “John’s career and my career cover many facets of music, in both the mainstream and Christian arenas. With the history of Kansas, Mastedon, Petra, Head East and our own solo projects, we can cover many subjects through a Christian perspective,” Schlitt says.
“By diving into these histories–both musically and spiritually–our concerts will not only be enjoyable and entertaining, but a valuable teaching tool as well,” says Schlitt. “It’s always a privilege to share the stage with an A-class artist–and John Elefante certainly is one of them.”
Elefante, along with his brother Dino, has worked with Schlitt for several decades, primarily as producer for a number of Petra albums. The Elefantes have produced or been involved with 11 of Petra’s 27 album releases, including three Grammy winners and multiple Grammy nominees, two RIAA Certified Gold records, and nine Dove Award-winning projects.
JOHN SCHLITT : The Christmas Project. (www.schlittshop.com)
So, take some well-known Christmas songs, let an equally renowned Christian rock singer loose on them and what do you get? You get this – a unique, superbly crafted and thoroughly enjoyable Christmas album and more than that, a thoroughly enjoyable rock album. Here, John Schlitt, formally of the very successful Christian rock outfit, Petra subverts the Christmas album genre and produces 10 tracks of sublime quality and exuberance. The opener, “Hallelujah Chorus” is a no holds barred, full-on, heavy rock take on the Handel classic and features some truly amazing vocal work from Schlitt. This is followed up by the bluesy guitar driven “Do You Hear What I hear?” It must be said that these songs are more than just the standard songs with a few overdriven guitars added, they are original arrangements full of rock overtones, chordal structures and harmonics. Credit for these goes to Dan Needham who also plays drums on the album. There is also a song written by Schlitt himself, “What Christmas Needs To Be”, a ballad but not remotely cloying, instead well-crafted with a strong melody and a good sentiment. This is the Christmas album I’ve been waiting for. More than that it’s the Christian album I’ve been waiting for. With this, Schlitt joins the likes of Jars of Clay and the Paul Poulton Project by being both bold and creative with their Christmas offerings. This is a truly original, musically brilliant and totally inspirational album from a Christian rock veteran who hasn’t lost it one bit. A must have.
10/10 Robin Thompson.
Continuing to take his ministry around the globe, Grammy and Dove winner JOHN SCHLITT recently returned from Norway after performing in concert throughout the country. The legendary vocalist currently is touring in support of his CD, The Greater Cause. “My recent trip to Norway was very satisfying,” Schlitt says. “To see the amazing response to the new acoustic set was great! I love that the people of Scandinavia always seem to be open to new things. I was also blessed to have many people ask me about my new Kickstarter project. They say they are excited about me recording a Christmas album, and I am, too!”
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas as Dove and Grammy Award winner JOHN SCHLITT partners again with his fans for his newest musical project, an as-yet untitled Christmas CD. The legendary vocalist is teaming with supporters in an innovative approach to fund the new album through Kickstarter, a popular “crowd-funding” platform for creative projects. “For the past few years, my fans have heard me talk about making a Christmas album,” Schlitt says. “The time for talking is over—THIS is the year!” Schlitt, who has never recorded any Christmas music, neither during his 20-year stint as the lead singer with Petra nor as a solo artist, says he has been feeling “a very strong tug” to make this seasonal record. “This past Christmas, I felt regretful about my minimal participation with holiday music, and at the same time, I felt a very strong tug on my heart to ‘get in the Christmas spirit,’ musically,”