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Coury Palermo
Submitted by Troy Kramm on 2008-12-12
Sleepthief and friends spreading Christmas cheer

While Justin "Sleepthief" Elswick was recently recording new tracks  (along with Coury Palermo and Zoe Johnston) for my his forthcoming  album, LABYRINTHINE HEART, Kirsty Hawkshaw proposed recording a  SLEEPTHIEF Christmas track for free download.
"After some consideration, I decided to record "O Come, O Come  Emmanuel." It was arranged to allow Kirsty, Coury and Zoe to each sing a verse, with the final verse featuring all three of them  performing harmony parts," said Elswick.

"I loved recording this. It was a lot of fun working with talented artists who also happen to be gorgeous people. I'd never done anything like this before. It was so nice to share the experience in the studio and hear it coming alive bit by bit as each of us went up to the microphone," added Johnston.

"Lets just say; when you put three good vocalists together with an amazing producer and sound engineer during the holiday season, how can u just not embrace the spirit and give something back to all of those who have shown us so much love and support over the years," said Hawkshaw.

"After we recorded it, we came up with the idea of actually allowing  people the chance to donate (if they chose) any amount to charity. I  have always been very supportive of charities that focus on care for  children. At this point, all proceeds donated to my PAYPAL account  (which will be posted when the free track is released) will be sent  to either Childhelp USA or St. Jude's." said Elswick.

"This was an experience of a lifetime for me.  I have long been a fan of each one of these musicians. They truly are in another league, both in their craft and as human beings.  This was not about  putting out another holiday single for the sake of releasing  something new - it was and is about the human condition.  In these times it's more important than ever to look beyond our own world," added Palermo.

To listen to the track once it is released you can head on over to Sleepthief's Myspace page


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