Joe Cantafio, a talented singer, writer, musician, and friend of mine, partnered with veteran Chicago broadcaster and voice actor Paul Brian in a noble, patriotic music endeavor for this Christmas.
It is the Soldiers Christmas Project, a holiday celebration of the spoken word, music and song has been released for download by JP Music of Oak Brook, Illinois with proceeds of the album going to the Wounded Warrior Project.
The 11-cut CD includes poems honoring the service of our military, the traditional biblical Christmas Story from the Book of Matthew, O. Henry's “Gift of the Magi,” and other original works including what many have said will be the next big single for the season, “I Want a Kiss,” brought back to life after a quarter century of waiting to be released!
“To say that Joe ‘accompanies me' doesn't do his artistry justice,” said Paul Brian. “Joe's guitar and creativity in arrangements are as integral to what the listener hears as any spoken word. His years of performing on stages around the world shine through and make every facet of the ‘Soldiers Christmas Project' something very special.”
“I Want a Kiss” was performed by the Trapped Von Revers Family Singers (Joe's family) more than 25 years ago, but not until today has it been heard outside of the family. This song has as much story to it as it has fun and it's going to be a Christmas Classic.
“For as much as I love Paul's and my work together on this project, everyone who has heard it is raving about that 'Kiss Song,'” said Joe Cantafio. “I remembered that we had mastered it a long time ago and we chose to bring it back to life—from what is now archaic 2” vinyl tape—for this album. Everyone loves it already, but we also dare you to listen to it just once and we predict that you'll be singing along and wanting to hear it again and again. We mean it, we dare you!”
Paul Brian is a US Army veteran, Board Member of Operation Homefront Illinois and a member of the US Army Chicago Recruiting Battalion Grassroots Advisory Board. He's also a dedicated booster of the Wounded Warrior Project and the USO. With any luck, he'll be embedded with a unit in Afghanistan to tell the stories of soldiers very, very soon!
A Gold Star family member, Joe Cantafio is well known in military circles and has performed with his 101st Rock Division Band countless times everywhere from Chicago to Iraq to Africa to "Anywhere they'll have me!" He is Executive Director of the National Veterans Museum and is hoping to return to the Middle East in the upcoming year.
Visit Soldiers Christmas Project about how to order the CD . . . and to hear or play cuts from this thoughtful and family oriented collection. And next week, the CD will be available at Amazon.com, Ebay.com, Overstock.com and iTunes.
“The timetable this recording project was on would have made any sane person walk away,” said Brian. “The idea for it hit me when I was hospitalized with the flu last month. I called Joe and said, ‘I have an idea,' and from there we've been going at warp speed to today when we're proud to make these remarkable readings and recordings available to the public.
The way we've been embraced by everyone from our studios to the whole crew at Wounded Warrior has made this a remarkable journey.
Both Paul Brian and Joe Cantafio can be contacted via firstname.lastname@example.org.
These two patriots truly exemplify love and pride of America . . . and deserve fellow Americans appreciation for their noble effort.