It's not often one finds carolers wearing tool-belts, and it is quite rare to find working builders belting out Christmas tunes while they work.
Aaron Gray and Josh Arnett, otherwise known as The Singing Contractors, have put down their heavy drills and power saws long enough to ring in the holiday season with an all-new CD, DVD and televised concert special entitled Building a Christmas to Remember. The album will be available on October 25 via Gaither Music.
The last time these "undiscovered powerhouse vocalists" took a few days off from their on-site construction work, the pair released a successful debut recording, Working on a Building, Hymns & Gospel Classics, which found the unlikely crooners on the sets of Good Morning America and Fox & Friends.
1. Winter Wonderland
2. Tennessee Christmas
3. Here Comes Santa Claus
4. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
5. There's A Baby On The Way
6. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
7. Silent Night
8. Go Tell It On The Mountain
9. Away In A Manger
10. Joy To The World
11. The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don't Be Late)
12. Mary, Did You Know?
Building a Christmas to Remember finds the hammer-swinging boys spreading holiday cheer with Christmas classics such as "Winter Wonderland," "Here Comes Santa Claus" and "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas." The burly, bearded builders, known for their contagious personalities, also have a bit of Christmastime fun on the album with a rendition of "The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don't Be Late)"; and along with award-winning producer Michael Sykes, they actually worked some construction tools into the musical arrangements. Most importantly, the pair use their God-given musical gifts to remind us of the reason for the season with the heartwarming Christmas hymns "Silent Night," "Joy to the World," "Mary, Did You Know?" and more.
"'Mary, Did You Know?' has become a staple for us. We sing it nearly every show," stated Gray. "We've performed this song with a band. But it seems like everybody all over the country still likes to hear us sing our simple version, just a cappella, so that's what we did. We put it on this record a cappella."
"Man I love 'Go Tell It on the Mountain,'" added Arnett. "It's a message that remains true today-'go tell everyone about Jesus.' You'll hear us throw some tool sounds in the beginning and kind of start the rhythmic feel of the song, but the coolest part of this song was being joined by one of our music favorites-Michael English. He came in and laid down some fun background vocals."
The concert DVD (filmed LIVE at Gaither Studios) features several DIY segments from the guys, who demonstrate how to create several Christmas decoration pieces, as well as a behind-the-scenes interview with Arnett and Gray, who share their own personal Christmas memories and traditions.
Building a Christmas to Remember is exclusively distributed by Capitol Christian Distribution and Universal Music. The CD will be available on October 25, throughout general market stores and the Christian marketplace in addition to all major online retailers.
The DVD will be released on November 22; and the live concert will air on RFD-TV, TBN, Uplift TV, Heartland, TCT, The Walk TV, Total Living Network, CTN, Hope TV, Vision, The Miracle Channel, and CTS on select dates throughout November and December.