In the world of music, there was never anyone quite like ARTHUR 'BIG BOY' CRUDUP. Rooted in the Mississippi Delta, his style was propulsive, melodic, original, and profoundly soulful. If he wasn’t 'The Father of Rock ‘n’ Roll', as one LP proclaimed, there’s no doubt that rock ‘n’ roll owes a debt to his songs, including That’s All Right Mama, My Baby Left Me, Rock Me Mamma, So Glad You’re Mine, and Mean Ol’ Frisco Blues, as much as to his tight, swinging brand of rural blues.
James Arthur was the victor of the British X Factor's ninth season in 2012, winning the public vote with a rendition of Shontelle's rousing ballad "Impossible." Born in Middlesbrough, England, Arthur had written and performed in various bands since the age of 15, as well as performing solo in pubs and bars in his hometown. Many early recordings of the singer/songwriter illustrate the pop/rock and hip-hop influences that helped to shape his unique voice and style.
Classical Crossover trio The Texas Tenors are back with a brand new studio album RISE! These PBS stars have assembled an award winning team to create a collection of timeless Americana classics and highly anticipated new original songs. RISE features over 100 of the world's finest musicians including a 65-piece orchestra and full choir with Grammy, Emmy and Academy Award winning producers, songwriters and engineers. The Texas Tenors pour their heart and soul into favorites like Desperado, Bruno Mars' Just the Way You Are and rousingly patriotic God Bless America. RISE also features a once in a lifetime duet with Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Inductee Bill Medley of The Righteous Brothers on TTT's You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'. Along with phenomenal covers, the tenors are excited to debut several original songs like the haunting ballad I Don't Want to Let You Go and the title song RISE that will inspire and stir the soul. This brand new album features everything from John Denverto Puccini and is the quintessential collection of music for the modern Classical Crossover genre.
On Ellis Island, the Irish Tenors offer the soundtrack to their PBS special. The performance, which took place in New York City in early 2001, is a smooth and classy effort that complements the incredible talent and power that this group possesses. Although many of these songs may be familiar to listeners, the versions offered here are very good and give the songs the power and clarity they deserve.