Lo! I bring you "Tidings of Great Joy"!
Merry almost Christmas! I hope this is the first Christmas present you receive this year...
"Tidings of Great Joy" is a Christmas album I recorded a couple years ago, produced by the wonderful Ben Fisher and featuring many of the talented musicians that are a part of my life. It was a true labor of love, and you can download it for FREE here: www.noisetrade.com/kyleephillips
Here's what I had to say two long years ago when we released this little album, and it all still stands:
In my book, “It’s the most wonderful time of the year” is not an exaggeration.
For as long as I can remember, Christmas has been the highlight of my year. I love everything about it – the smells, the life sized Nativity that appears in my town, (when I was younger I wondered whether anyone would mind if I dressed as a shepherd and sat in the Nativity,) the copious amounts of wonderful food, that peaceful feeling when you’re sitting in the dark with a fire in the fireplace and the Christmas tree glowing, and the receiving of the greatest gift we will ever get… I’m getting all misty-eyed just thinking about it. And of course, I absolutely love the music that goes along with this glorious season. (In case you were wondering, yes, I am the reason they start playing 24 hour Christmas music in mid-November… that was all me.)
So who would have thought I would meet a wonderful man who was just as freakishly in love with Christmas as I? So much so that he was willing to take precious hours and days out of his life to be the producer, engineer, and occasionally even play the part of musician in support of this little album. Benjamin is the brains and the beauty behind this operation, I am just the walking mouth. (Newsies anyone?) I believe I can speak for both of us when I say that this was truly a labor of love – love for Christmas, love for music, and love for all of you, we hope you love this music. (If I could visit each of you personally and watch your reaction to the album I would… seriously.)
I truly hope this music becomes a part of your Christmas – listen to it as you bake cookies, as you decorate the tree, maybe even as you open presents on Christmas morning! We are very excited about how this little project turned out, but more than that we are so excited to share it with all of you, whom we love so much.
Have a very merry Christmas and a blessed New Year, we love you guys,
Kylee and Ben
My Studio A2 debut - this Sunday, January 6
Hey all! I'm going to be featured this Sunday (January 6) during The Acoustic Brunch on Ann Arbor's 107.1. You can hear my interview with John Bommarito around 11:45 AM, but if you aren't in the listening area, never fear! You can always listen live at http://www.annarbors107one.com.
And don't forget, I'll be performing THIS FRIDAY, JANUARY 11 at The Ark with Seth Glier! Tickets are still available and can be purchased for a mere $15 HERE.
Tom Butwin's CD Release Show, with Special Guest... Me
Here's why open mics are fantastic: sometimes the music is terrible and you feel really uncomfortable, but sometimes you stumble across some serious talent. Such was the case last week when I met the crazy talented Tom Butwin at Dino's Open Mic in Ferndale, MI.
I'm so excited to be opening for Tom at his CD release show on Sunday, April 28 at the Black Lotus Brewery in Clawson, MI. In the meantime, check out Tom's latest release, "This & Hereafter" on iTunes, Amazon, and Google Play.
Lee + A New EP
It's been an exciting week! Not only did I FINALLY finish my EP (FINALLY! IT'S OVER!), but I also get to announce that I'll be opening for American Idol Season 9 winner Lee DeWyze at The Ark on Thursday, June 6th. I'm completely thrilled, this guy is the real deal and I'm honored to share the bill with him.
Tickets are available HERE for $20, I would absolutely love to see all of your friendly faces there. Come out to hear some fantastic music and pick up a copy of my freshly pressed EP!
Aryk and Adam
Friday, April 4th / Woodruff's / Ypsilanti, MI
Doors at 9pm / $5 @ door / 18+
Friday, April 18th / Uncommon Ground on Devon (Edgewater) / Chicago, IL
9pm / $8 @ door / All ages
For reservations call 773-465-9801 or CLICK HERE
The Yellow Barn
Every once in a while you get to play a show that you would be psyched to attend even if you weren't on the bill. That's how I feel about my show on May 2... it's a pretty killer line up... Chris Dupont, Daniel & The Lion, Valentiger (and myself)... you should probably definitely be there. (More info about the show HERE.)
Friday, May 2nd / The Yellow Barn / Ann Arbor, MI
Doors at 7:30pm / $10 @ door / All ages
Ryan Whyte Maloney and a Very Good Cause
On May 10th I'll be opening for Ryan Whyte Maloney (who you may have recently seen on a little unknown program called The Voice) in support of a very worthy cause. All proceeds will help to send kids to camp at Huron Forest Camp CedarRidge and to maintain their facilities... plus it'll be a great show in a beautiful theater.
Saturday, May 10th / The Baldwin Theater / Royal Oak, MI
7pm / All ages
$25 advance / $30 @ door
Purchase tickets HERE
Happy New Year, friends. 2015 is going to be a good year, there are a lot of wonderful things in the works. Several new videos, more full band performances, some new recordings and who knows what else. I'm so excited to get to work, and I hope you're excited to hear some new music.
In the mean time, take a look at a little video we made back in November HERE and keep your eyes peeled for much more to come. Thanks for sticking around, it means the world to me.