ReCreated Christmas is a project our family and friends recorded in my dad's studio in 2003. When my mom heard some of these songs for the first time, she said, 'It sounds great! What song is it?' This is precisely what my dad had in mind when he began this project--
"To energize traditional Christmas songs with new life and a new flavor. That's what this recording project is all about. It's about family and friends coming together to create fresh excitement in celebrating the joyous Christmas season through a series of unique musical and vocal performances." Brian Blose, ReCreated Christmas
I can't believe two decades have gone by since we did this. Such great memories! Included in the download are some live, fun, unedited recordings from a Christmas dinner and concert we held at our church.
ReCreated Christmas is the re-creation of Christmas favorites featuring the dynamic vocals of Jennifer (Blose) Eckhart, contemporary worship leader of Blue Mountain Community Church located in N.E. PA and the astounding guitars of Brian K. Blose, songwriter and arranger. The eclectic flavor you'll find on this holiday recording is a blend of dynamic vocals and powerful electric guitar leads with a carefully crafted mix of acoustic and orchestrated electric guitar harmonies and rhythms. Among the songs on this project you'll find closely familiar versions of 'Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree,' 'Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,' 'Mary Did You Know' as well as a re-creation of old favorites like 'O Holy Night,' 'God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen,' 'Silent Night,' 'What Child is This,' 'Joy to the World' and more. Fans and listeners of Brian's guitar playing liken his guitar styling to that of Phil Keaggy, Bob Hartman of Petra fame, Eric Clapton, Alex Lifeson and others. Jennifer's vocal style has been compared to singers such as Stevie Nicks, LeAnn Rimes, Darlene Zschech and Dolly Parton. Jennifer's unique vocal performances on this project are powerfully inspiring and emotionally touching, adding both passionate excitement and spiritual subtlety to these Christmas favorites. Added to this you'll find the debut vocals of the very talented Alicia (Blose) Klotz, Jennifer's sister, who adds a powerful blend of vocals harmonies on many tracks as well as lead vocals on several tunes including the driving rock version of 'Joy to the World' where Alicia provides four awesome vocal parts. Cliff Eckhart, Jennifer's husband, provides the extraordinary drums and percussion on the recording. Cliff offers a blend of strong rock drumming with the addition of bongos, congas, vibra-slap, tambourine and other percussion instruments. Cliff's musical influences include Creed and U2. Also appearing on this project is Paul Galante, singer- songwriter virtuoso. Paul and Brian have written and performed together for many years beginning in the late 80's with the east coast based band 'Ransom' and later in the 90's with the progressive Christian rock band 'The Rest'. These bands have released numerous recordings and have had the opportunity to be the opening acts for internationally renowned Mark Farner of Grand Funk Railroad fame, and The Newsboys on their first American tour and others. Ed Bachman, extremely talented bassist and also member of 'The Rest' joins Brian and Paul on 'What Child Is This' in which a blend of electric and acoustical guitars and incredible percussion arrangements give this traditional hymn a contemporary Celtic flavor. Ron Gould, also a very gifted bassist, appears on four of the project's songs, 'Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree, God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, Mary Did You Know, and Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.'