[Cover photo credit to Chris Edwards]
The record has an all-star supporting cast including members of Durand Jones & The Indications, The Dap-Kings, Ghost Funk Orchestra, Monophonics, Thee Sinseers, Orgone, Ikebe Shakedown, Jason Joshua & The Beholders, The True Loves, Neal Francis, Jungle Fire, Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio, Ben Pirani, The Jive Turkeys, The Ironsides, The Harlem Gospel Travelers, Rudy De Anda, Alanna Royale, and more!.
A Joyful Sound was Inspired by records like Atlantic's Soul Christmas, Phil Spector's A Christmas Gift For You and Rotary Connection's Peace. This is Finnigan's third full-album production in just under two years, including his debut LP The Tales People Tell and Monophonics' most recent effort It's Only Us.
Finnigan sheds a bit more light on the intent behind this new holiday album:
“I want people to feel joy and hope. I want the music to remind them what they are thankful for. The songs and mood of the music should spark a feeling that it is a special time of year but also that it can also be a very difficult time for others. Holidays are about bringing people together to celebrate and I want this record to be a soundtrack for those celebrating but also a reminder that a lot of people are still struggling regardless if it’s Christmas or not.
Most Importantly, I want them to hear the love and passion that went into the music. I’m lucky to have some incredible musicians and artist on the record and I hope they can hear the joy that everyone put into their performance. There’s a feeling of magic and nostalgia that lives in those classic Christmas songs and I believe I was able to capture some of that on this record. Christmas has become a grand event in most places in the world but we all have to remember that the reason this holiday is special for most is because it brings people together and reminds us that our friends and family are what’s most important.”
I like the songs, but is it possible to see a playlist with who are the artists of each song. I might be playing some of these songs on my radio show, so I would like more details. Thank you