Nashville, TN (September 22, 2023) When the musical talents of the legendary City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra are combined with the vocal talents of a gifted family, the end result is a musical masterpiece. Then when all 10 songs are Christmas classics, the project becomes filled with holiday cheer that takes listeners on a joyful and festive journey.
Just in time for the Christmas season, Club44 Records has announced the October 20, 2023, release of a brand new recording from one of Christian music’s most talented families, The Browns. Shelly, Michaela, Adam and Andrew, collectively known as The Browns, left their quaint hometown of Le Mars, IA, for the Czech Republic to enlist the assistance of the famed City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra to create a Christmas collection that is sure to become a holiday favorite for many years to come.
Christmas In Prague is a yuletide recording like no other, as it offers both traditional, yet modern arrangements to some of the most popular Christmas classics that have been recorded over the past century. Recorded in the center of Bohemia in the Czech Republic, each song features intricate harmonies and powerful instrumentation that capture the true essence of what Christmas is all about.
The new release features Christmas classics like “It’s The Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” “Silver Bells,” “O Holy Night” and “Little Drummer Boy.” A special highlight of the recording is “Snow.” “This song has become a holiday staple, not only for its clever lyric and melody by Irving Berlin, but also for its harmonic passages. It’s fun. It’s whimsical and a classic,” Shelly Brown states.
Another special highlight of the recording is “Good King Wenceslas.” “To record an album with the City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra,” Shelly explains, “and not pay tribute to the patron saint of Bohemia would be a glaring omission.” The stirring arrangement is complete with dramatic crescendos and pauses to magnify the powerful lyrics to this traditional and heartwarming hymn, written in 1853.
Michaela Brown expressed her excitement about the new recording, “Every album we record has a special aspect and story with it. This Christmas in Prague album has been extra special from the beginning. We have two of the best arrangers and orchestrators, Wayne Haun and David Clydesdale. We were able to travel with them to the historic city of Prague, Czech Republic and experience the recording of the orchestra live! We chose classic Christmas pieces that everyone knows and loves, and we are so excited to be sharing this music with you during this special season of the year!”
Club44 Records label co-founder, Ernie Haase, shared his enthusiasm about this new offering from The Browns, “I have known The Browns since they were kids, and I knew when I met them just how special they are. It has been fun to watch as their music career has flourished over the years, so fast forward to this epic recording, Christmas in Prague, and it just confirms what I suspected 20 years ago…they always deliver with great professionalism, great entertainment value and, most of all, unparalleled GREAT family harmony. You’ve got to hear this record!”
Since 2015, this musical family has enjoyed hosting performances at their very own Browns Century Theater in their hometown of Le Mars. Each season, the family performs to sold-out crowds five days a week during November and December. This year those sold-out audiences will enjoy a little taste of Prague as they visit the quiet town of Le Mars.
For 20 years, The Browns have brought joy to listeners worldwide with their musical talents, rich family harmonies and exuberant energy. This most recent Christmas recording is sure to bring listeners even more joy for decades to come.
Pre-add/pre-save Christmas In Prague today to listen to the beautiful rendition of “Snow.” Distributed exclusively by The Orchard/Sony Music, Christmas in Prague will be available on all digital platforms worldwide on October 20, 2023.