"Louisville’s Troubadours of Divine Bliss have just released their first-holiday album Christmas Dream and it’s the perfect balm for this challenging year. It has Christmas standards and a great original which is the title track. I love holiday music. Always have, always will. And I especially love this new Christmas album" Laura Shine, WFPK
Voted "Best Folk Band" by Offbeat Magazine in New Orleans, LA, and Leo Weekly in Louisville, KY
Voted "Best Singer-Songwriter" by Louisville Music Awards
"Here at WRUW-FM we’ve been lovin’ those Troubadours for a long time—having Aim Me and Renee on as LIVE in-studio guests and spinning their awesome catalog of CDs" -James E. Guyette WRUW, Cleveland
"They borrow our pain and give us back a DREAMB]- Tim Roberts, Louisville Music News
"...touches the depths of the human heart'-Soulstream Radio
"A timeless original capturing the Magic and Bliss of Christmas"
Release Date: 2020
Troubadours of Divine Bliss got their start as street performers busking in the French Quarter in New Orleans 25 years ago this December.
On the corner of Royal and Toulouse, they learned how to play the guitar and accordion and honed their harmonies into a Divine sonic tonic. It was Christmastime so, the first songs they learned were Holiday tunes. They adorned themselves in battery operated Christmas lights and started offering joy (bliss) to the world with a heart to make every soul feel their worth.
It feels like a perfect celebration of that blissful beginning for them to be releasing their very first Christmas album featuring an original Holiday tune, "Christmas Dream" with that special Troubadour magic!
“We are beyond blissful to make our first Christmas album available to AirPlay Direct for global radio. This release features our first-holiday original, “Christmas Dream” as well as 5 seasonal classics that include a fan favorite, “The Grinch". – Troubadours of Divine Bliss
They have poured their hearts into capturing the feeling and dreaminess that the Holidays conjure with joy, flair, and heart-melting harmonies.
"Christmas Dream" is an instant classic and will bring back your magical memories of Christmas and help you hold those who are far, near to your heart.
MUSICIANS: Aim Me Smiley:vocals, acoustic guitar Karena Ahkmatova: violin Renee Ananda: vocals, accordion, piano Big Mac: bass Dizzy Whizz: clarinet, trumpet Doris Dupe: drums, percussion ORDER OF SONGS ON CHRISTMAS DREAM:
1. Christmas Dream (04:24) Songwriters: Aim Me Smiley and Renee Ananda Publisher: Troubadours of Divine Bliss Music, BMI Christmas Dream
A Troubadours of Divine Bliss Christmas Original!
We are very excited to release our first original Christmas song, "Christmas Dream".
This catchy tune harkens to the magic of the season and all that we love about this magical time of year. From living in a snow globe, with candy canes & mistletoe, in a world twinkling with lights and wonder to the kindness that fills the air, the Dream of Christmas fills our hearts with joy and mirth!
We hope this song becomes an instant classic that you whistle while decorating the tree!
2. You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch(03:49) Songwriters: The lyrics were written by Theodor "Dr. Seuss" Geisel, the music was composed by Albert Hague Publisher: Troubadours of Divine Bliss Music, BMI
A Troubadour fan favorite! This song gets requested all year round. It's a little Eartha Kitt meets Bette Midler with a little Judy Holiday for good measure. If the Grinch stole Christmas, the Troubadours will still your heart with a cabaret version of the classic, “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch”.
3.I’ll Be Home for Christmas(03:55) Songwriters: lyricist Kim Gannon and composer Walter Kent Publisher: Troubadours of Divine Bliss Music, BMI
This year, we are feeling this Holiday classic so very deeply. Christmas will be much different this year during this pandemic. We all long to be together in these times when we must be apart. Christmas will be much different this year.
We hope that this song is cathartic and also summons all of the warm memories of being with family and friends in our hearts.
4.The Christmas Song (04:43) Songwriters: Robert Wells and Mel Tormé Publisher: Troubadours of Divine Bliss Music, BMI
This Christmas classic was originally written on a hot Summer day in 1945. Mel Torme went over to the house of one of his writing partners, Bob Wells.
Mel discovered a spiral pad at the piano where four lines scribbled down on it in pencil. Those four lines were: "Chestnuts roasting on an open fire / Jack Frost nipping at your nose / Yuletide carols being sung by a choir / And folks dressed up like Eskimos."
When Bob Wells eventually appeared, he told Mel that he had been trying to do everything to cool down on that hot day. Wells said, "I thought that maybe if I could just write down a few lines of wintry verse, I could physiologically get an edge over this heat."
During this challenging time of a pandemic, we share this amazing classic to help nostalgically transport you into the timeless atmosphere of “The Christmas Song”. We hope it warms your heart and gives you hope.
5. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas (03:10) Songwriters: Hugh Martin and Ralph Blane Publisher: Troubadours of Divine Bliss Music, BMI
Imagine it's late in the evening and you are gathered together with friends and family. Perhaps, you're a little tipsy or just feeling the merriment of Christmas. Someone has started playing piano or guitar or turning up the music, and you all start singing along, arms draped around each other and swaying gently.
This atmosphere is the feeling of this cheery, upbeat version of Judy Garland's signature Holiday song. Cheers to you and God bless us- everyone!
6. Let it Snow (02:31) Songwriters: lyricist Sammy Cahn and composer Jule Styne Publisher: Troubadours of Divine Bliss Music, BMI
Our cover of "Let it Snow" is an acapella version of this Christmas staple.
With just voices, brushes, and chimes, we highlight the silence that a heavy snowfall brings. Snow blankets sound and wraps you in the cozy comfort of the beauty of Winter.
TROUBADOURS OF DIVINE BLISS BIOGRAPHY
Troubadours of Divine Bliss, Renee Ananda, and Aim Me Smiley have been best friends since their teens when they met at a holy-roller church outside of Louisville, KY. Despite Aim Me's dad kicking Renee's dad- the pastor- out of the church, the girls remained friends and over a decade later, fell in love. They dreamed of traveling the world making music together-singing songs about following your heart, freeing your dreams, and finding your bliss.
So they moved to New Orleans armed with an accordion, a guitar, and harmonies "smooth as KY Bourbon" and became street performers calling themselves Troubadours of Divine Bliss.
Since then, they have spent two decades touring full time all over America, Canada, Scandinavia, and Europe. Their style has broken the shackles of genre and their nine recordings attest to that.
The one running thread through their music is the remarkable harmonies and uplifting message.
The troubadours are musicians, ministers, activists, writers, life coaches, retreat leaders, homesteaders, and founders of Mighty Kindness. They live in southern Indiana in the Hoosier National Forest and tour internationally year-round sharing their songs of love.
Bliss appeared: FIMU Intl Music Fest France, Blissfest MI, Troubadour London, Alaska Women's Fest, Living Room NYC, BBC Radio, WKSU Cabin Fever Fest, El Principal Spain, Mojo Copenhagen, Southern Womyn Fest FL, RiverRoots Festival, Murat Theatre, Eddie's Attic
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