Support our efforts, sign up to a full membership!
(Start for free)
Register or login with just your e-mail address
RnB 23/11/2020

Black Violin Releases Debut Holiday Album "Give Thanks"

Black Violin Releases Debut Holiday Album "Give Thanks"

Our news in your mail

* indicates required
News frequency *


New York, NY (Top40 Charts) Today, the hip-hop-meets-classical duo Black Violin released Give Thanks, their debut holiday album. "Give Thanks employs playful storytelling, whimsical strings, and hard-hitting rhythms to highlight the unifying pillars of the holiday season: Giving back to others and being wholeheartedly thankful," Black Violin says of the full-length.

Give Thanks follows the Black Violin's 2019 full-length Take The Stairs, which debuted in the top ten across multiple genre charts: #1 in Current Classical, #1 in Classical Crossover, #7 in Heatseekers, and #9 in Current R&B/Hip-Hop. Take The Stairs was praised by Loudwire, The Root, and Billboard, who said the album "celebrates Black Violin's genre-less approach to music, from the futuristic anthem 'One Step' to the elaborate 'Serenade.'" In the last year, Black Violin has performed at the Oscars Governors Ball, on The Today Show, and on Access Daily. Last month the duo released their video for "Impossible Is Possible."

For 17 years, Black Violin has been merging string arrangements with modern beats and vocals. Members Kev Marcus and Wil Baptiste first met in orchestra class at Dillard High School in Fort Lauderdale, becoming classically trained on the violin and viola through their high school and college careers. Post-college, they reconvened to produce beats for South Florida rappers, and began building an audience in local clubs. They later went on to win Showtime at the Apollo in 2005, and eventually sold out headline performances at venues across the country, including a sold out two-night headline run at The Kennedy Center in 2018. Their unique brand of merging the genre they were listening to (hip hop) with the world they were studying (classical) was celebrated with collaborations with Alicia Keys, Wu Tang Clan, 2 Chainz and others. NPR took note and declared "their music will keep classical music alive for the next generation." UPROXX also featured Black Violin in a mini-documentary as part of their "Uncharted" series.

Pre-pandemic, Black Violin was playing over 200 shows a year (many of these are performances for young low-income students in urban communities - in the last year alone, the group played for over 100,000 students) with the goal of challenging stereotypes and preconceived notions of what a "classical musician" looks and sounds like. "The stereotypes are always there, embedded so deep in our culture," says Wil. "Just by nature of our existence we challenge those ideas. It's a unique thing that brings people together who aren't usually in the same room, and in the current climate, it's good to bring people together."

Last year, the group launched the Black Violin Foundation Inc., a non profit organization dedicated to empowering youth by providing access to quality music programs in their community. BVF believes that music and access to music programs should not be determined by race, gender, or socio-economic status. Black Violin Foundation's inaugural program the Musical Innovation Grant for Continuing Education will provide scholarships to young music students to attend a program of their liking that fosters musical creativity and innovation. Programs can range from private lessons, to summer music camps, to college courses. Scholarships will be awarded bi-annually to up to 20 applicants per scholarship cycle. More info at: https://www.blackviolinfoundation.org

Tracklisting:
1. Give Thanks
2. Christmastime
3. Joy to the World
4. Celebra (feat. De La Ghetto)
5. Toy Soldiers
6. Sugar Plum Fairy
7. We Wish You
8. Carol of the Bells
9. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
10. God Rest Ye
11. Noel






Most read news of the week
Shawn Mendes & Justin Bieber "Monster" Single And Video Out Now
Bebe Rexha & Doja Cat, Dan + Shay, Lewis Capaldi, Machine Gun Kelly, & The Weeknd Set To Perform At The '2020 American Music Awards"
LiveXLive, American Airlines And Mastercard Partner For A One Night Exclusive LiveXLive Event With Bebe Rexha
Toronto R&B Artist Savannah Re Finds Strength In Vulnerability On Her Eloquent, Highly Anticipated Debut EP Opia Today
Tickets For Andrea Bocelli's Highly Anticpated Global Livestream Concert Believe In Christmas On Sale Today
Neil Diamond With The London Symphony Orchestra, Classic Diamonds Out Now
New "Healthcare Workers Rock!" Song And Music Video Captures Spirit Of Frontline Healthcare Workers Around The World Treating The Latest COVID-19 Surge
Nina Herzog (Voice Of Odette From Sony Animation's "The Swan Princess" Series) Announces Her Debut EP, 'Together Away,' Set For Release February 12, 2021
Ne-Yo, Michael Buffer And More A-List Talent Round Out Program For Mike Tyson's Return To The Ring Against Roy Jones Jr. On November 28, 2020


© 2001-2021
top40-charts.com (S4)
about | advertise | site map
contact | privacy
Page gen. in 0.0238371 secs // 4 () queries in 0.0054612159729004 secs