Musician and philanthropist Steve Young of Franklin helped to create the Legacy Christmas album to benefit Living Waters for the World, an organization that brings fresh water to impoverished areas.
So, how do you get the singer from the world renowned, Grammy award winning group, The Chieftains, along with some Nashville’s finest musicians, to help you create a top-notch Celtic Christmas album to raise money for your non-profit organization?
Just ask Westhaven resident Steve Young, Executive Director of the organization Living Waters for the World, and his passion for reaching out to those struggling becomes apparent.
Living Waters for the World is an organization that raises funds to put clean water systems into communities around the world that are lacking in fresh and drinkable water.
“There’s a big need for clean, drinkable water all over the world,” Young said. “Most of us live in areas where we can’t imagine not having clean water, and it can be a real eye opener to discover that the need is great.”
It was this need that prompted Young to craft a Christmas album to help raise money for this cause. Young resurrected his former life as a musician/ songwriter as well as his deep connection to his family’s Celtic/Scottish history to help create the Legacy Christmas album along with other acclaimed instrumentalists, including the lilting and ethereal sounds of Scottish vocalist, Alyth McCormack of The Chieftains.
Taken heavily from the traditions of the early ancient church, and music handed down from generation to generation, Young chose some of the most recognizable yet sacred Christmas carols to feature on the album.
McCormack is joined by such Nashville notables as Sam Levine, who brings one of the most recognizable sounds to Celtic music – flute, or Irish whistle.
In addition, this project includes Melissa DuPuy, who has performed onstage with artists including Steve Earle, John Hartford, The Nashville Symphony, The Chieftains and legendary music pioneers Bill Monroe and Doc Watson.
Dupay served as producer, co-arranger and recording engineer for Legacy Christmas. Other stellar musicians on the project include native Nashvillian, Russell Davis, one of Nashville’s most accomplished accompanists and Deanie Richarson, who is fiddle player on the album. Richardson has appeared on the Grand Ole Opry, toured and recorded with country mainstay Patty Loveless and was nominated for the 2010 Academy of Country Music Fiddle Player of the Year award.
Born and raised on the Island of Lewis off the Northwest coast of Scotland, McCormack grew up immersed in the culture of these islands.
Noted as a gifted performer from a young age, she would later expand on her traditional background by studying classical singing and drama at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow. This combination makes her a unique performer who works with a variety of musicians both from the thriving Scottish music scene, abroad and her new hometown of Dublin.
Posted on: 12/15/2013