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From April through July 2019, our Patreon page was focused on supporting the production of an exciting full-length Christmas album. While the official pledge campaign period and special reward offers have ended, we still have a lot of content and updates to share with you until (and after) the album is released, so you can still support us and get behind the scenes!

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A NOTE FROM US ABOUT THE PROJECT

Hello, world!

We are incredibly excited to announce that we will be releasing a full-length Christmas album in 2019. Why are we announcing this so early, you ask?

First of all, it is our most ambitious recording project to date, which means starting early is essential. It’s ambitious for very good reasons: We will be collaborating with some absolute giants of the music industry, including Arturo Sandoval, Jorge Calandrelli, Nan Schwartz, Gordon Goodwin and his Big Phat Band, Al Schmitt, Estonian Voices, Elliot Deutsch, George Shelby and more! As you might guess from that list, this album will include a cappella performances as well as orchestral and big band arrangements to accompany our vocals.

We’ll bring you a fresh take on some holiday classics in addition to some original Accent songs. Something for everyone!

DONATION TO CHARITY
This project is also attached to a personal story and charitable component. A few years ago, we met famed composer/arranger/conductor Patrick Williams and had set out to work on an album together. Sadly, Pat passed away of cancer this past summer and we never got to work together. Below our message is a personal note from Pat’s longtime friend and colleague, Dave Black, who will be acting as executive producer on this project. With Dave’s help, we have teamed up with an organization called Musicians at Play for which Pat was on the advisory board for many years. Musicians at Play has a meaningful mission to give back to the music community through a variety of efforts, including the Pat Williams Scholarship Fund. In Pat’s memory, we will donate 10% of your pledges during the album campaign months as well as 10% of album sales for 2 years to Musicians at Play. We hope this charitable goal will be in your mind as you consider pledging—it would mean a lot to us, to Musicians at Play and to Pat’s family and friends.

Thanks for your support!
JB, Simon, Danny, Andrew, James and Evan


Accent, Pat Williams (center) and Dave Black (right), 2016

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Message from Dave Black:

I am honored to be the Executive Producer for this new album, and can’t think of a more talented or deserving group of young men to be working with.

As you can see from the information above, this is an album of many firsts for Accent:

  1. It’s their first to include instrumental and string arrangements.
  2. It’s their first to include major composers, arrangers and soloists.
  3. It’s their first Christmas album.
  4. It’s dedicated to Patrick Williams, who absolutely loved the group, and was very much looking forward to working with them.
  5. It’s their first experience working with a non-profit organization in which a percentage of album pledges and sales will go to the Pat Williams Scholarship Fund.
Because Christmas is the season of giving, we thank you for your continued support and look forward to paying your donations forward to help young musicians experience the joy of making music.


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Can we do it? This level would guarantee a top-notch album. There are a lot of costs associated with making an album all on your own: Arranging, recording, production, mixing, mastering, artwork, packaging, postage...the list goes on. And we have a lot more mouths to feed than usual this time :)

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