NEW SINGLE: "This Christmas" - Jerri Bo Keno
About "This Christmas"
It’s beginning to sound a lot like Christmas. Veteran recording artist Jerri BoKeno is rekindling the holiday jewel "This Christmas," originally recorded in 1970 by renowned Grammy-winning soul singer Donny Hathaway.
Released by New York City-based Young Pals Music Monday, December 4, to all major download and streaming sites, the song expresses the joy of the season, as BoKeno sings with glee: “Hang all the mistletoe, I'm gonna get to know you better, This Christmas/And as we trim the tree, How much fun it's gonna be together this Christmas.”
The joyous anthem, written by Hathaway and Nadine Theresa McKinnor, has the distinction of being released twice, first on Atco Records in 1970. The song then became a holiday staple after being included in 1991 on Atco’s revised edition of a 1968 Soul Christmas compilation album. Since, it has since been covered by the likes of Christina Aguilera, Destiny's Child, Chicago, Pentatonix and Mary J. Blige. ASCAP reports it as the 30th most-performed holiday song of all time.
NEW SINGLE: "Every Time You're Near" - Jerri Bo Keno
About "Every Time You're Near"
Written, arranged and produced by Peitor Angell from his score for the 60’s Swinging London Motion Picture, KISS YESTERDAY GOODBYE, this recording of the Bacharach styled wistful love theme from that picture, features Brill Building Svengali, Phil Spector’s protege, Jerri Bo Keno on the lead vocal. Her first single, “Here It Comes and Here I Go” was written and produced by Spector at the time she was also recording with John Lennon and Cher.
Jerri Bo Keno came across this song when she was listening to the soundtrack of Kiss Yesterday Goodbye and decided she would like to record the song herself. She contacted Peitor Angell and flew out to the West Coast from New York to record the vocal under his direction. With a wistful approach he felt was warranted for the song, in the vein of Dusty Springfield or Sandy Shaw, they proceeded until they found the right direction for Jerri to make it her own. Backed with the great West Coast players, Ron King and Rick Baptist on trumpets, Alan Kaplan on Trombone leads, John Yoakum on the alto flute and Tenor Sax step outs, Kathleen Robertson, Susan Chatman, Nicky Garcia, Cameron Patrick, Miriam Mayer and Peggy Baldwin on strings , Tom Bethke on guitars, Peitor Angell on keys and vibes, Kirk Smith on Bass, Paul Baker on Harp, Christian Moraga on Percussion, Jerry Kalaf on dumrs, and M B Gordy on Orchestral Percussion. The single was Recorded and Mixed at PeitorVision's Music Center of the World, Hollywood U.S.A.