Country music hitmakersÂ Phil VassarÂ andÂ LonestarÂ support The Salvation Army with the release of their new Christmas single “Not So Silent Night.”Â Taste of CountryÂ exclusively premiered a first listen to the track thatÂ “finds the musicians getting their retro groove on with a swinging jazz vibe, with Vassar and Lonestar singer Richie McDonald trading vocals to describe a fun holiday party”Â (Sterling Whitaker).Â Fans can look forward to the forthcoming music video starring Vassar and Lonestar. To purchase “Not So Silent Night,” clickÂ HERE.
100 percent of the proceedsÂ from the single will benefit The Salvation Army, which assists more than 4.5 million people during the Thanksgiving and Christmas time periods. The Salvation Army red kettle bells, a 127-year-old Christmas tradition, will be present at venues throughout “The Not So Silent Night Tour,” which kicks off in Biloxi, Miss.Â onÂ Nov. 30Â (full list of dates available below).
Throughout each stop on the multi-city tour, audiences will have the chance to hear Christmas standards, non-traditional holiday tunes as well as the artists’ hits. The Salvation Army will be selecting one person from their volunteer community to join the men on stage for a special Christmas collaboration (details to follow). Fans can also purchase a VIP experience add-on that includes a meet and greet with Vassar and Lonestar, signed poster and special keepsake.Â For dates and tickets, visitÂ PhilVassar.comÂ andÂ LonestarNow.com.
Lonestar, comprised of Richie McDonald, Michael Britt, Keech Rainwater and Dean Sams, released their first Christmas album,Â This Christmas Time,Â in 2000. The ACM and CMA award-winning group recorded 11 songs for the Dan Huff produced project, which featured new material such as the title track co-written by Sams and the touching â€œReason For The Seasonâ€ co-written by McDonald.
Vassar, who has headlined Christmas tours since 2009, released his first Christmas album,Â Noel,Â in 2011. The ten-track collection, co-produced by Vassar and Dane Bryan, showcases four of the ACM award-winning and ASCAP Songwriter of the Yearâ€™s original songs, including the humorous â€œSantaâ€™s Gone Hollywoodâ€ and â€œBig Olâ€™ Texas Christmas,â€ a duet with Asleep at the Wheelâ€™s Ray Benson. Last Christmas season, he and Kellie Pickler headlined a sold-out holiday tour.
“THE NOT SO SILENT NIGHT TOUR” DATES:
Nov. 30Â IP Casino – Biloxi, Miss.
Dec. 2Â Wildhorse Saloon – Nashville, Tenn.
Dec. 5Â Potowatomi – Milwaukee, Wis.
Dec. 6Â Potowatomi – Milwaukee, Wis.
Dec. 7Â The Englert Theatre – Iowa City, Iowa
Dec. 8Â Grand Falls Casino Resort – Larchwood, Iowa
Dec. 14Â Memorial Hall – Plymouth, Mass.
Dec. 15Â Memorial Auditorium – Lowell, Mass.
Dec. 16Â Santander PAC – Reading, Penn.
Dec. 19Â Peoples Bank Theatre – Marietta, Ohio
Dec. 20Â Westbury Theater – Westbury, N.Y.
Dec. 21Â Palace Theatre – Canton, Ohio
Dec. 22Â Weinberg Center – Frederick, Md.
ABOUT PHIL VASSAR:
Country music hitmakerÂ Phil VassarÂ is a piano-pounding powerhouse on stage who taps into his audiences via social media for song requests throughout his more than 135 shows a year. Philâ€™s reign of signature songs includeÂ 10 No. 1 singlesandÂ 26 Top 40 hits, includingÂ Carlene, Just Another Day in Paradise, Six-Pack Summer, When I Love You; and many more. Vassar was racking up hits on the radio long before he even began his own recording career that has seen the release of six albums, twoÂ ASCAP Songwriter of the YearÂ trophies,Â ACMâ€™s Top New Male VocalistÂ and sold-out shows across the country. Vassar’s songwriting career blossomed in the mid-â€™90s when he landed a publishing contract with EMI and penned hits for Collin RayeÂ (Little Red Rodeo), Alan JacksonÂ (Right on the Money), Tim McGrawÂ (For a Little While), Jo Dee MessinaÂ (Bye Bye, Alright),Â and BlackhawkÂ (Postmarked Birmingham). He signed a record deal of his own with Arista in 1998 and was namedÂ ASCAP’s Country Songwriter of the YearÂ in 1999. Vassar continues to churn out incisive, soulful lyrics and infectious melodies that capture the heart and soul in the unique and special way that
only he can.
Known for merging their country roots with strong melodies and rich vocals,Â Lonestar–Richie McDonaldÂ (lead vocals),Â Michael BrittÂ (lead guitar & backing vocals),Â Keech RainwaterÂ (drums) andÂ Dean SamsÂ (keyboards & backing vocals)–has amassedÂ RIAA-certified sales in excess of ten million album unitsÂ since their national launch in 1995, and achievedÂ ten #1 country hitsÂ includingÂ â€œNo News,â€Â â€œCome Crying To Me,â€Â and their crossover smashÂ â€œAmazedâ€Â (which was alsoÂ #1on theÂ Billboard Hot 100, the first record since 1983â€™s â€œIslands in the Streamâ€ to top both charts). The bandâ€™s awards includeÂ ACM Single of The YearÂ for â€œAmazedâ€ (the song also won the Song of the Year award), andÂ CMA Vocal Group of the Year,Â as well as a 2017Â Peopleâ€™s Choice Awardnomination for best country group. With over 100 dates worldwide per year, they are celebrating over 25 years together.Â Lonestarâ€™sÂ latest album,Â Never Enders, features ten new original songs that bring the bandâ€™s trademark sound into the contemporary arena. Check out theÂ music videoÂ for the title track,Â â€œNever Enders,â€Â here.
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