New Music: ‘Brand New Christmas’ by Nathan Leigh Jones

Brand New Christmas is the latest from Sydney / NewYorker Nathan Leigh Jones

What a jolly good album. We even get to hear the gorgeous David Raleigh on duet with Nathan for a stunning rendition of Winter Wonderland! caught up with our good friends in New York and here’s what they had to say!

Nathan Leigh Jones:
I had a blast making this album. Everyone loves a good Christmas song — but then again, everyone hates a bad one! So there was a lot of pressure to make the collection of songs on ‘Brand New Christmas’ fresh and original, and I think it all came together. One of my favourite tracks on the album is one that I recorded with my good friend and fellow singer/songwriter/piano player David Raleigh from New York City. It’s a version of Winter Wonderland. Like all the tracks on the album, it’s quite a departure from the original, but it has a really cool vibe that suits David’s voice perfectly. In fact, our voices blend so well on this track that some people can’t tell who’s singing what!

David Raleigh:
It was such a joy to spend the last few days shooting the video for Winter Wonderland with Nathan Leigh Jones! Besides the honor of being asked to be a part of this project, I was equally honored that Duncan Scheib a great director and fan of my music offered to take the reigns (Ha ha! Reigns? Get it? Santa, sleigh, reindeer?!) and, with his outstanding crew, deliver such an epic showcase for this fantastic arrangement by Nathan. This winter wonderland we captured on film is SO New York. Being a transplanted Aussie himself, Duncan really got and understood NLJ’s vision and I think the fans are gonna love it. They will also love that they can watch us freezing our butts off in the cold yet enjoy it from the comfort of their beach front Christmas “barbies”! Jealous!

Nathan Leigh Jones:
I’ve produced an album for David before, and am currently producing another one which will drop early 2014, but recording a duet was an entirely new experience altogether! It was a super fun one though, and making this video just took it to the next level. I was also able to collaborate with Sally Cameron on this album, one-fourth of the multi-ARIA award winning vocal group The Idea Of North, who lent some backing vocals to ‘O Holy Night’. The premise for this album was to take well-known carols and totally rewrite the melodies. It’s been hilarious to watch people’s faces while listening to this album, and see it dawn on them that they kind of already know this song, but it’s in a brand new way. Hopefully ‘Brand New Christmas’ gives people a refreshing take on their favourite holiday songs, and adds to the joy of this wonderful season. Merry Christmas!

Love you boys! Merry Christmas ~ theaussieword x

Nathan Leigh Jones and David Raleigh Live Melbourne Show!

On Thursday, November 8 2012. New York City entertainer and bon vivant David Raleigh takes the stage at Melbourne’s live music venue The Butterfly Club. In a special show already performed in New York City, Seattle, Byron Bay and Adelaide, Raleigh is joined on stage with his producer, Australian singer/songwriter and former MusicOz Artist Of The Year Nathan Leigh Jones.

Hot off the heals of Raleigh’s wildly successful “Beginning Again” (2010) and Jones’ acclaimed sophomore release Sooner Or Later (2011), these two piano men will join forces and put their spin on each other’s music as well as showcasing brand new material from their upcoming projects.

David Raleigh has had long standing engagements at New York’s iconic staples such as The Waldorf Astoria, The Pierre, and The Ritz Carlton, as well as performing all over Europe and Asia. “I Do!”, the lead single from his most recent album, charted in MTV/Logo’s top 10 for ten weeks in a row. The video, directed by Tony Award winner Alan Cumming, cemented Raleigh’s position as “the Nat King Cole for a new generation” (Time Out Hong Kong).

Nathan Leigh Jones is no stranger to the microphone and, while not writing, recording and producing music, lives a double life as a voice artist. He is a fixture on Australian TV and radio, particularly his regular work on Nickelodeon and digital free – to – air channel Eleven. Jones’ latest single “Beautiful You” made waves earlier this year on Rage, while also being the #1 most requested song on MAX. caught up with Nathan Leigh Jones for a very special interview earlier this year – check it out here!

Don’t miss this exciting evening of classic, original piano pop/soul at it’s finest – Friday November 2nd at 7pm! Tickets are on sale now at The Butterfly Club