December 2019 News

‘Tis the Season for Joy and Thanksgiving!

First, I want say “Thank You” to all who came to the Mother’s Day Weekend Concert in May 2019. Together, we raised $1000 for ThriVe St. Louis! Praise the Lord!!

This was my very first self-produced benefit concert. It was humbling to learn that while I thought I could do it all by myself, the Lord showed me that it is best to ask for help! Lesson learned for next time, God willing. I’m grateful for my family who pitched in last minute and grateful for my Mommie who accompanied me for some of the songs.

Thank you also to those of you who shared your comments and words of encouragement to me by filling out the survey and comments cards at the end of concert – Your free download is coming via email, please watch your inbox for the information about your Silver Bells free download ! Speaking of which, you can now listen to my Christmas album via iHeart Radio but you’ll need an iHeart subscription to be able to listen to the songs. No iHeart subscription? click the Silver Bells links on this post to listen to samples and learn more about my Christmas album.

Gift Idea:

Need a gift for the music lovers on your list? How about giving them “Silver Bells – Songs of Christmas Joy!” as a musical gift for your family, friends, and colleagues this Christmas.

Upcoming Performances:

I’m happy to share that I’ll be performing at Six Flags starting Saturday, November 23rd. This will be my very first show performance at Six Flags. I auditioned over the summer just out of curiosity and not expecting to be cast for any of the shows. But once again, the Lord surprised me. I got a call from Six Flags three (3) days after my audition letting me know that I’ve been cast as one of the towns people in “The Majesty of Christmas” show at the Palace Theatre of Six Flags. Now in its 4th season, I’m joining 12 other performers in this biblical-based musical theatre rendition of the birth of Jesus Christ.

As a seasonal employee, I can get discount tickets for friends. Feel free to let me know if you’d like to see the show and get a ticket with my employee discount. You can learn more about the show by visiting: https://www.sixflags.com/stlouis/attractions/majesty-christmas

Thank You so very much. Blessings and Love to you and your family.

With Joy,
Julie-Ann (Joy) Aguhob

 

A Joy for Life Concert on Mother’s Day weekend

Yours truly, Julie-Ann Joy performing songs by Great American Composers, Gershwin, Bernstein, Sondheim, Gospel and Inspirational songs and selections from my Simple Song and Silver Bells CDs. If you happen to be in town, I’d love to see you there, and bring your friends. Cheers!

  • Friday, May 10, 2019 – 7:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 11, 2019 – 7:00 p.m.
  • Pay what you want or $15
  • Location: The Chapel – 6328 Alexander Drive, Clayton MO 63105
  • Tickets available online (reserved seats) and at the door. Limited Seating.

Jesus, Oh What a Wonderful Child

My dear friend and collaborator, Claire Vance, introduced me to this song three years ago. I loved it so much, that I decided to sing it twenty-four (24) hours after I learned it. Unfortunately, I forgot the words in the middle of my performance.

The words that came out of my mouth were – yaba, daba, doo, or scooby, dooby, doo. Ever since that time, I vowed the next time I performed it would be perfect. What better way to do that than recording the song in my Silver Bells album.

Here’s my rendition of this upbeat Traditional Spiritual arranged by Mark Hayes:

I hope this song makes you wanna dance! If you like or love this song, please let me know and add your comments below. Thank You.

 

Merry Christmas, Darling

While growing up in the Philippines, I listened to The Carpenters and loved Karen Carpenter’s voice. When I received the Artist Support Grant to record my first Christmas album, I had to include one of Karen’s classic Christmas songs. This was one of the first songs on my list to record in my Silver Bells album.

Here’s the link on Spotify for your listening pleasure:

While I’m not attempting to sound like Karen Carpenter, I am performing this song the same way as the original recording. If you like or love this song, please share your comments below. Thank You.

Happy Holiday Medley

This holiday medley includes:

  1. Happy Holiday – words and music by Irving Berlin
  2. It’s Beginning to Look Like Christmas – words and music by Meredith Wilson
  3. The Most Wonderful Time of the Year – words and music by Eddie Pola and George Wyle

When I first showed my producer, Peter Vantine, the list of twenty (25) songs I wanted to record in the album, he advised me to narrow down my list. So we agreed to record fourteen (14) songs in ten (10) tracks, with Peter arranging a medley of holiday and Christmas songs.  And perhaps in a year or two, I’ll follow-up with my second Christmas album and include the eleven (11) songs that didn’t make my “Silver Bells: Songs of Christmas JOY!” album.

If you like or love this medley, please share your comments below. Let me know what you think of this arrangement and the performance of this medley. Thank you.