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.
Breaking Benjamin derived their name from an incident when singer Benjamin Burnley was covering a Nirvana song during an open mic night at a club when he dropped the microphone to the ground, breaking it.