Country music hitmakers Phil Vassar and Lonestar support The Salvation Army with the release of their new Christmas single “Not So Silent Night.” Taste of Country exclusively premiered a first listen to the track that “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” (Sterling Whitaker). Fans can look forward to the forthcoming music video starring Vassar and Lonestar. To purchase “Not So Silent Night,” click HERE.
100 percent of the proceeds 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. on Nov. 30 (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. For dates and tickets, visit PhilVassar.com and LonestarNow.com.
Lonestar, comprised of Richie McDonald, Michael Britt, Keech Rainwater and Dean Sams, released their first Christmas album, This Christmas Time, 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 “Reason For The Season” co-written by McDonald.
Vassar, who has headlined Christmas tours since 2009, released his first Christmas album, Noel, 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 Year’s original songs, including the humorous “Santa’s Gone Hollywood” and “Big Ol’ Texas Christmas,” a duet with Asleep at the Wheel’s Ray Benson. Last Christmas season, he and Kellie Pickler headlined a sold-out holiday tour.
“THE NOT SO SILENT NIGHT TOUR” DATES:
Nov. 30 IP Casino – Biloxi, Miss.
Dec. 2 Wildhorse Saloon – Nashville, Tenn.
Dec. 5 Potowatomi – Milwaukee, Wis.
Dec. 6 Potowatomi – Milwaukee, Wis.
Dec. 7 The Englert Theatre – Iowa City, Iowa
Dec. 8 Grand Falls Casino Resort – Larchwood, Iowa
Dec. 14 Memorial Hall – Plymouth, Mass.
Dec. 15 Memorial Auditorium – Lowell, Mass.
Dec. 16 Santander PAC – Reading, Penn.
Dec. 19 Peoples Bank Theatre – Marietta, Ohio
Dec. 20 Westbury Theater – Westbury, N.Y.
Dec. 21 Palace Theatre – Canton, Ohio
Dec. 22 Weinberg Center – Frederick, Md.
ABOUT PHIL VASSAR:
Country music hitmaker Phil Vassar 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. Phil’s reign of signature songs include 10 No. 1 singlesand 26 Top 40 hits, including 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, two ASCAP Songwriter of the Year trophies, ACM’s Top New Male Vocalist and sold-out shows across the country. Vassar’s songwriting career blossomed in the mid-’90s when he landed a publishing contract with EMI and penned hits for Collin Raye (Little Red Rodeo), Alan Jackson (Right on the Money), Tim McGraw (For a Little While), Jo Dee Messina (Bye Bye, Alright), and Blackhawk (Postmarked Birmingham). He signed a record deal of his own with Arista in 1998 and was named ASCAP’s Country Songwriter of the Year 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, Lonestar–Richie McDonald (lead vocals), Michael Britt (lead guitar & backing vocals), Keech Rainwater (drums) and Dean Sams (keyboards & backing vocals)–has amassed RIAA-certified sales in excess of ten million album units since their national launch in 1995, and achieved ten #1 country hits including “No News,” “Come Crying To Me,” and their crossover smash “Amazed” (which was also #1on the Billboard Hot 100, the first record since 1983’s “Islands in the Stream” to top both charts). The band’s awards include ACM Single of The Year for “Amazed” (the song also won the Song of the Year award), and CMA Vocal Group of the Year, as well as a 2017 People’s Choice Awardnomination for best country group. With over 100 dates worldwide per year, they are celebrating over 25 years together. Lonestar’s latest album, Never Enders, features ten new original songs that bring the band’s trademark sound into the contemporary arena. Check out the music video for the title track, “Never Enders,” here.
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