O Come, O Come Emmanuel

Updated: Nov 21, 2018

This fall has been one of start up for the label. We launched officially on October 9 with our first two artists, Rachael and Jarod. And we haven’t wasted any time as we are already well into preproduction with both. Jarod will start recording his first single this Friday, and Rachael plans to go into the studio next February to begin work on her full length album.

In the meantime, I wanted to do something celebratory, get Rachael some additional studio experience, and also give everyone an opportunity to hear her musical talents as a preview of what is to come.

I also really like Christmas music and there are a collection of about two dozen or so Christmas carols that serve as my favorites. I have even released instrumental versions of them in the past. So about a month ago I sat down with Rachael, not too long after our first preproduction meeting, and asked her how she felt about recording a Christmas carol.

She was all about it. In fact she was like let’s do a whole album! Well, in an ideal world I would love to do a Christmas album with her, but time constraints have limited us to just a single for now. We both narrowed down our list of songs that we found meaningful, and connected with lyrically and melodically. After comparing our lists it was decided: O Come O Come Emmanuel.

Our treatment of the tune makes use of the original melody and lyrics, but I wanted a fresh arrangement. I was aiming for something that honors the lyrical tension of the song (anticipation, longing) but also evokes and then celebrates the hope of deliverance, both present and future. The song is somewhat melancholy, and often resembles a dirge, but I did my best to rescue it from being too dark or depressing, and tried instead to pull it back into a more celebratory vibe, especially in light of the significance of Christmas for so many people.

The song was a lot of fun to arrange and record, and I am very pleased with the final result. It was also a great experience working with Rachael in my first role as producer for her. She took direction very well, performed brilliantly, and brought a lot of incredible vocal ideas that I had never thought of. I think you are going to really enjoy the song, which premiers on November 30th, and I’m definitely looking forward to developing Rachael's original material going forward.

Stay tuned, there’s lots more to come.

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