“Michael Bublé isn’t the only person keeping the Sinatra Flame alive” The Times
Ten years ago I dreamed of recording a world-class Christmas album with refreshing new versions of the best loved holiday classics. This year, with your help, that dream can finally become a reality.
Big Band Wonderland promises exciting new versions of the world's best loved Christmas classics like Winter Wonderland, Sleigh Ride and Let It Snow.
I'm thrilled to welcome two world-class singers as my special guests - New York cabaret star Michael Feinstein and Radio 2's Clare Teal. As well as two of my favourite singers in the world they're acknowledged as two of the best. I couldn't hope to sing duets with anyone better.
The best in the business
I'm lucky enough to have some of the best in the business helping me make this album. The producer, Chris Traves has worked with Natalie Cole, Sacha Distell, Shirley Bassey and Alison Moyet. His musical theatre credits include Crazy For You, Shrek, Oklahoma and On The Town.
The arrangers include Paul Campbell (Marti Pellow, Russell Watson, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra), Callumn Au (Ronnie Scott's Big Band, Katie Melua), Andrew Cottee (Paul McCartney, Quincy Jones, Bryn Terfel, Kevin Spacey, San Francisco Symphony) and Phil Steel (Syd Lawrence Orchestra).
This album has the potential to become a christmas classic, played for years to come. This is your chance to make it possible and be a part of that legacy.
This is going to be an incredible album but the challenge is finding the money we need to get it finished. I've put in £10,000 of my own money but need more and that's why I've decided to ask for your help. The UK's brightest arrangers have been busy working their magic, the musicians are ready and the studio's booked but unless I can raise the remaining £15,000 by the end of March it's not going to happen. It really is make or break time. That's where you come in!
“The jolliest sleigh ride in town.” London Evening Standard
Fancy singing on the album? A professional photo shoot? A luxury London hotel/show package? Going backstage with the Hallé Orchestra?
Your generosity will be rewarded. For as little £20 we've got some fantastic rewards on offer. Check out the list on the right and you'll find cool goodies like advanced signed copies of the album, a luxury Christmas hotel and show package, a chance sit in on the recording sessions, VIP concert packages and even the opportunity to sing on the album yourself!
Make a pledge of £400 and your generosity will be immortalised with a special credit in the album sleeve notes.
See what you fancy and please make your pledge today.
As a performer, I travel all over the world and by making a pledge you'll have the satisfaction of knowing this album will be heard internationally in Brazil, USA, Mexico and Japan.
Thank you so much for getting involved in this special project. I hope you can join me and be a part of creating something special - not only for this Christmas but for many more to come!
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Risks and challenges
As an independent recording, the challenge is raising the money to complete this incredible album. I've invested £10,000 of my own money but need an additional £15,000 to make this dream a reality.
We need to get everything recorded as early as possible and on budget. That's why I've planned everything so carefully. Making last minute changes can be expensive so we need to get it right first time. With 14 other albums under my belt and a great team around me I'm confident we'll avoid any dramas.
So far we're in good shape. I was in the recording studio a few weeks ago to lay down some guide vocals and check the arrangements we have so far. This was my chance to check everything was in the right key and sign-off the tempos. We did correct a couple of things so now it's just a matter of getting the band in the studio to record the tracks. I'll then do the vocals and once we're happy it will be mastered and ready to press. During this process we'll be choosing designs for the album cover and planning the launch.
I'll be sharing every step with you so you can see the highs and lows of making an album!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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