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The Light of Christmas…

NEW CD… The Light of Christmas just received a very nice review in the TBS’ Maple Blues Newsletter. Among such nice quotes as “sheer genius” and “you won’t be sitting still”, the review ends with: “The enthusiasm and dedication that Ken and the band bring to these songs will grab you from the opening of “Oh Lord, I Wonder” and keep you long after “Amen” has faded away.”

This recording features a marvelous collection of new Christmas originals that range from the exciting ska sounds of “The Baby Leapt In The Womb” to the heart-tugging “I Can’t Imagine Christmas Without You”. It is a vocal rich recording that in addition to Ken’s soul stirring performances includes singers David Wall, The Levy Sisters (Amoy & Ciceal), Hayley Gene Penner and Ken’s niece Jenny Whiteley. In fact the album is brimming with fellow Whiteley’s including brother Chris, son Ben, nephews Dan and Jesse and a cover painting by his father, Ronald Whiteley. Ken first began thinking about making a Christmas album back in the late 1970’s with the Original Sloth Band. “Santa Claus Blues” and “Last Month Of The Year” are from that repertoire. Ken has produced Christmas music by a number of other artists over the years and “There Was A Little Baby” (Raffi) and the Ken Whiteley orginial “Christmasy Kind Of Day” (Fred Penner) are from those endeavors. The heart of the recording are Ken’s new songs. From the socially conscious “Daily Bread” and the title track “The Light Of Christmas” to the compelling gospel of “Hallelujah, A Child Is Born”, they resonate with a rich, inclusive spirituality. Click on the CD cover artwork to purchase the CD from Ken’s online Store.

This recording project is supporting the Daily Bread Food Bank; 10% of all CD sales are going to support their important work in Toronto and across the GTA. A special thank you to Richard Carson, Holmes Hooke and all the wonderful folks at Hugh’s Room, Mina Cicconi and Erica Franklin from The Daily Bread Food Bank, and lastly to our friends and family who celebrated the launch of this CD with us at Hugh’s Room. Pictured with Ken are The Levy Sisters and Erica Franklin from The Daily Bread at the concert. Please join Ken Whiteley’s team and make a tax deductible monetary donation to the Daily Bread Food Bank this holiday season.

BLUES NEWS… Ken has received a nomination for the 2012 Blues With A Feeling Award from the Toronto Blues Society. To vote for Ken and the other talented nominees click on Maple Blues Awards.

CONCERT NEWS… Ken accompanies children’s entertainer Marky Weinstock at the Sing Your Heart Out! Save A Child’s Heart! fundraising concert at the Al Greene Theatre in Toronto (Dec. 9). Winterfolk show with Tony Quarrington and Wendell Ferguson at the Toronto Free Times Cafe (Dec. 8), Oakville Moonshine Cafe (Dec. 15) and Port Perry Salvatore’s Trattoria (Jan. 19). Ken accompanies Sam Broverman at the Green Door (Dec. 14) for an evening of holiday favourites. Ken, Amoy Levy and David Wall join the gospel and chancel choirs at Emmanuel Howard Park United Church in Toronto for their annual Christmas Eve candlelight service (Dec. 24).

TV NEWS… Along with the Levy Sisters, Ben and Bucky Berger, Ken will be on Vision TV’s God’s Greatest Hits, the evening of Dec. 14 doing “Go Tell It On The Mountain” from the new cd.

RADIO NEWS… Drew Marshall hosts Canada’s most listened to spiritual talk show on which Ken has been a guest four times over the past couple of years. Tune in to The Drew Marshall Show for the podcasts of the Nov. 17th and Oct. 20th shows with Ken.

GOSPEL CONCERT NEWS… This is the 10th anniversary of Ken’s Sunday matinee gospel music series at Hugh’s Room. The next concert is January 27, 2013 with special guest harmonica virtuoso Mike Stevens. Click on Gospel Music Makes Me Feel Alright! for more concert series details.

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