Following the release of last year’s critically-acclaimed holiday recording, Rose of Bethlehem and subsequent Christmas Tour, Dove Award-winning Curb recording artist Selah returns to the road for their second multi-city Christmas Tour. Kicking-off December 5 in Ft. Worth, Texas, the Tour is slated to hit more than 10 markets and will feature special guest Fervent recording artist Jill Phillips.
Stops on Selah’s 2003 Christmas Tour include Baltimore; South Bend, Indiana; Geneva, New York; and Temperance, Michigan, among other cities. The group will perform selections from Rose of Bethlehem including “Joy,” “Light of the Stable” and “Mystery.” In addition, Selah will share their signature songs “Press On,” “Wonderful, Merciful Saviour” and “Oh Draw Me Lord,” as well as the group¹s acclaimed renditions of such classics as “Silent Night” and “It Is Well With My Soul,” among others.
Phillips will open each concert with selections from her current album, Writing On The Wall, in addition to sharing a Christmas song. Later in the show, she will join Selah onstage for a performance.
“After such a positive experience with last year’s Christmas Tour, we are really looking forward to another opportunity to share the music of this special season,” said Selah’s Todd Smith. “Not only did we have great response from the audiences last year, but there was a true sense of camaraderie between everyone on the Tour. As we build upon those experiences this year, it’s great to have our friend Jill Phillips on the road with us. We have always respected her as a singer/songwriter and know she will have so much to offer on this Tour.”
Rose of Bethlehem, Selah’s third studio album and first Christmas offering, was produced by Jason Kyle, Todd Smith, Allan Hall and Nicol Smith. The album features 10 selections, a combination of traditional holiday favorites and original compositions. In addition to the title track; “Light of the Stable”; “O Holy Night”; “Silent Night” and “What Child Is This?”, highlights of the project include an arrangement of “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel,” incorporating the national anthem of Israel, and “Once Upon A Christmas,” featuring a duet with the song’s composer, country music legend Dolly Parton.
Named by CCM Magazine readers as 2002’s best independent artist, critically-acclaimed singer/songwriter Jill Phillips signed with Fervent Records in 2003. Her latest recording, Writing On The Wall, released in August.
With a career total of five Gospel Music Association Dove Awards, Selah’s 2001 sophomore release, Press On, and the group’s 1999 Curb debut, Be Still My Soul, were named Inspirational Album of the year in 2002 and 2000, respectively. In addition, Press On reached the #1 position on SoundScan’s Top Inspirational Albums chart and featured the Dove Award-winning rendition of “Hold On,” as well as two #1 Inspirational singles, “Press On” and “Wonderful, Merciful Saviour.”
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