Circa Blue Releases New Christmas Single to Radio

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Circa Blue is proud to announce they have released a new Christmas single titled “Bells of Home” to radio. The song is the title track for their upcoming album releasing later this month. “Bells of Home” was written by David Morris and Dawn Kenny and is now available at AirPlay Direct or by request.

“Every year at National Media Services, we select one prestigious customer to record a Christmas album. For our tenth anniversary it was an easy choice to select Circa Blue. The band came in during the sweltering Summer months and made it Christmas in July in the Upper Room Studios at National Media Services. We couldn’t be happier with the result,” said the company.

Co-writer David Morris explains more about the original song, “At its heart, ‘Bells of Home’ gets at something most of us have felt at some point: Being homesick at the holidays. Once we identified a soldier as our narrator, the possibilities for images and contrasts came pouring out. The hardest part was finding a battle that fit our story line – a fierce firefight, in the snow, on Christmas Eve. We wanted historical accuracy because we knew some listeners would check us. We found what we needed in Belgium in 1944. With the factual frame and a bit of imagination, Dawn and I pulled Bells of Home together quickly. It’s a tribute to families, to traditions and to those who gave up their holidays – some temporarily, some permanently – simply because, as the song notes, “some things are worth fighting for.”

Danny Paisley, this year’s IBMA Male Vocalist of the Year says, “Bells of Home is a song of a soldiers yearning for home at Christmas time. Circa Blue and Steve Harris’ wonderful singing make this a Christmas classic.”

Bells of Home is that hardest thing to find in the musical firmament, a GREAT new Christmas song. While enjoying your freedom this December by the fireplace, as your Christmas tree is shining its lights, listen to the words and music, let them inside and then try, just try, not to shed a grateful tear. Songwriters David Morris and Dawn Kenney, along with Steve Harris and Circa Blue, have created a holiday masterpiece that will find a permanent place in your heart,” says Mike Harris of Trinity River Band.

Musicians on “Bells of Home” include Circa Blue band members Steve Harris – Lead Vocal & Guitar; Malia Furtado- Harmony Vocal & Fiddle; Ryan Mullins – Harmony Vocal & Mandolin; Matt Hickman – Banjo; Ashley Stewart – Bass; and special guest Dawn Kenney – Guitar.

Stay up-to-date on future announcements including the official album release by visiting www.circa-blue.com.

Donna Hughes Receives Key to the City of Trinity at Red Carpet Event

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keytocity-jessiehill-300wSinger-Songwriter Donna Hughes is proud to announce today’s two new album releases, FROM THE HEART and FLY, plus the music video for her song “Red Oak Tree.” During last Saturday’s red carpet release event, Mayor Protem Jessie Hill of Trinity, NC (Donna’s hometown) presented her with the Key to the City and proclaimed August 23rd as Donna Hughes Day.

Itunes-Button-click-here-to-buyBoth albums are available in physical format at CD Baby, DonnaHughes.com and for digital purchase on iTunes, Amazon, CD Baby, and many more online outlets.

Radio has certainly supported these long awaited new albums as Donna is #1 this month on AirPlayDirect’s Global Indicator Top 50 Albums Chart that covers all genres of music.

Her first single release, ‘The Way I Am,” made its debut on Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine’s Top 30 song chart for September 2014.

The new music video for her original song “Red Oak Tree” premiered during the release party held at the Sunset Theatre in Asheboro, NC last Saturday. The video can be viewed on YouTube, and other online outlets. “Red Oak Tree” appears on both albums providing her fans with both an acoustic and piano version of this haunting tune.

Red Oak Tree” was filmed and directed by Anthony Ladd, Kneelindesign of Pikeville, TN. Donna Hughes coordinated costumes and production schedules which was a huge task. The video begins in modern day times and spans several hundred years and included over 100 of her friends and family that participated during the 3-day video shoot. It was filmed exclusively in North Carolina. Locations include: Asheboro City Cemetery (Asheboro), the home of Chad & Barbara Hall (otherwise known as the “John Hughes” home); Loraye Hughes’ home (Donna’s mother), and the Denton Farm Park. Donna has set up a special page on her website thanking everyone involved for their participation especially to video financier, Charles Finch, the Heritage Carriage Company, Denton Farm Park, and the High Point Theatre Company who provided additional props.

Please visit Donna’s YouTube channel to view the new music video “Red Oak Tree” and also her hilarious “Walmart Checkout Line” video.

For lyrics and more information on Donna Hughes, please visit DonnaHughes.com and join her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Pandora, Spotify, and many more sites.