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
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.
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
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
These two patriots truly exemplify love and pride of America . . .
and deserve fellow Americans appreciation for their noble effort.
Note... Joe Cantafio is recognized at
USA Patriotism! for his ongoing, tireless support of the troops.
You can read about his other efforts at
Stars There For The Troops. Joe's moving song video,
Brave Warrior, is also listed at USA Patriotism!
Author of the books
American Pride, Cemetery
Woods, Mere Chance, and Waking Dreams