Season’s First New Christmas Song From Circa Blue!

imageWith just 67 more shopping days until Christmas, West Virginia’s Circa Blue has delivered the first new Christmas song of the season.

"Bells of Home"  – A New Christmas Single from Circa Blue 
is out now and can be heard on your favorite Bluegrass Radio program.

A full brand new Christmas album from the group is expected to be released at the end of the month.

Stay up-to-date on future announcements including the official album release by visiting www.circa-blue.com. Circa Blue is proud to announce they have released a new Christmas single titled “Bells of Home” to radio. The song is the title track for their upcoming album releasing later this month. "Bells of Home" was written by David Morris and Dawn Kenny and is now available to radio programmers at AirPlay Direct or by request.

Every year National Media Services,  selects one prestigious customer to record a Christmas album. For the company’s tenth anniversary it was an easy choice to select Circa Blue. The band came in during the sweltering Summer months and made it Christmas in July in the Upper Room Studios at National Media Services. “We couldn't be happier with the result,” said the company.  

Co-writer David Morris explains more about the original song, “At its heart, ‘Bells of Home’ gets at something most of us have felt at some point: Being homesick at the holidays. Once we identified a soldier as our narrator, the possibilities for images and contrasts came pouring out. The hardest part was finding a battle that fit our story line - a fierce firefight, in the snow, on Christmas Eve. We wanted historical accuracy because we knew some listeners would check us. We found what we needed in Belgium in 1944. With the factual frame and a bit of imagination, Dawn and I pulled ‘Bells of Home’ together quickly. It's a tribute to families, to traditions and to those who gave up their holidays - some temporarily, some permanently - simply because, as the song notes, "some things are worth fighting for."  

Danny Paisley, this year’s IBMA Male Vocalist of the Year says, "’Bells of Home’ is a song of a soldiers yearning for home at Christmas time. Circa Blue and Steve Harris' wonderful singing make this a Christmas classic."  

“’Bells of Home’ is that hardest thing to find in the musical firmament, a GREAT new Christmas song. While enjoying your freedom this December by the fireplace, as your Christmas tree is shining its lights, listen to the words and music, let them inside and then try, just try, not to shed a grateful tear. Songwriters David Morris and Dawn Kenney, along with Steve Harris and Circa Blue, have created a holiday masterpiece that will find a permanent place in your heart,” says Mike Harris of Trinity River Band.  

Musicians on “Bells of Home” include Circa Blue band members Steve Harris - Lead Vocal & Guitar; Malia Furtado- Harmony Vocal & Fiddle; Ryan Mullins - Harmony Vocal & Mandolin; Matt Hickman – Banjo; Ashley Stewart – Bass; and special guest Dawn Kenney – Guitar.  

Written by David Morris and Dawn Kenney, the focus song "Bells of Home" takes us to the trenches of Belgium, Christmas Eve, 1944. As the battle rages a soldier dreams of Christmas at home. It's a tribute to families, to traditions and to those who gave up their holidays-- some temporarily, some permanently -- simply because, as the song notes, "some things are worth fighting for."

The full album is slated for release October 31st and includes the following tracks:

  1. Snowflake or Two (3:10)
    Cory Wharton
  2. Candy Cane Sweetheart (2:30)
    Dawn Kenney/Joyce Kenney/Judy Grise/Heartroots Music
  3. Bells of Home (3:36)  SINGLE
    David Morris/Dawn Kenney/Paddle Faster Publishing
    BMI/Heartroots Music-ASCAP
  4. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen (2:18)
    Public Domain
  5. In the Bleak Mid-Winter (3:39)
    Public Domain
  6. Spirit of Christmas (3:14)
    Paula Breedlove & Mark "Brink" Brinkman
    Pub: Paulajon Music-ASCAP& Mark Brinkman Songs-BMI
  7. Away in a Manger (2:58)
    Public Domain
  8. Christmas in the Keys (3:10)
    Dawn Kenney/David Morris/ Heartroots Music
    ASCAP/Paddle Faster Publishing-BMI
  9. We Three Kings (3:10)
    Public Domain
  10. Happy Birthday Jesus (1:18)
    Dawn Kenney/Steve Harris/Malia Furtado
    Heartroots Music-ASCAP-BMI

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