Avalon: four beautiful voices with one heart and spirit. The most recent manifestation of Avalon's common goal is Joy, the group's first Christmas album, which hits the streets October 17th. Joy is a blend of both the original and familiar holiday favorites, interpreted by Avalon's unique verve.
With favorites like the pop & gospel mix "Joy (To the World)," a big-band rendition of "Winter Wonderland," and the powerful ballad "Don't Save It All For Christmas Day" co-written by pop favorite Celine Dion, Joy highlights Avalon's love of holiday music inspired by the members" deeply rooted faith. Joy also features two medleys of traditional carols - "Angels Medley" with standards "The First Noel" and "Angels We Have Heard on High" mixed with "Away in a Manger," "O Little Town of Bethlehem," and "Silent Night." The album also includes a heartfelt version of the moving "Jesus Born on This Day," written by Mariah Carey.
For Joy, Avalon consciously wanted a combination of familiar and new material. "We know people like traditional songs," Jody says. "But, we wanted to arrange them in a unique way. Each of us brought different ideas to the table. I really wanted to sing 'Don't Save It All For Christmas Day,' because I performed it two years ago on a Christmas tour."
Janna's personal highlight was recording "The Christmas Song." "I always loved it" she recalls."It was a challenge because so many people have done it, but it's really dear to me."
In the years since the group's inception, the members of Avalon have participated in selecting material and arranging their vocals. In fact, they arranged both the traditional carol medley's on Joy. "All four of us have to sign off a song before we record it," Janna says. "We all have to believe in the track."
Every track on Joy is full of verve and pop that Avalon fans will want to listen to every winter season.