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The Annie Moses Band Soars To New Heights On New Release, Pilgrims & Prodigals, Debuting 09.25
Posted: Thursday July 26th, 2012
With more than 1,000 hours of airings on PBS stations across the country, garnering the highest debut for any artist on public television thus far, a Billboard top-ten Classical Crossover album, an extensive tour schedule of over 80 concerts a year, performing before 100,000+ people and high profile media appearances in print and on television, the universally acclaimed Annie Moses Band soars to new heights in their new release, Pilgrims & Prodigals. The two-disc CD/DVD package is a collection of songs that explores the timeless theme of roaming and redemption and will be available nationwide on September 25th.
The band will be seen on PBS stations around the U.S. starting in October for their brand new Pilgrims & Prodigals Public Television concert that will air throughout the fall.
Known for their breathtaking instrumental virtuosity and shimmering layered vocals, the Annie Moses Band is a family act made up of six siblings, with their parents Bill and Robin spearheading the lyrics and arrangements. Annie Wolaver serves as the lead vocalist and violin player, Alex Wolaver accompanies on vocals and violin, Benjamin Wolaver on the cello, Camille Wolaver plays the harp and keyboard, Gretchen Wolaver performs the violin and mandolin and Jeremiah Wolaver handles the Classical and electric guitar. Collectively, they developed 13 diverse tracks blending the captivating styles of classical, jazz, folk and even a frisson of Celtic thrown in for good measure. Eight songs on the album were written or co-written by members of the group. Five other tunes receive inventive re-imaginings that bring fresh new seasonings to familiar standards like "Poor Wayfaring Pilgrim" and "Girl of Constant Sorrow".
The project's two pop cover songs - "Love Song" (Elton John) and "I Got a Name" (Jim Croce) - take on unexpected new life.
"Pilgrims & Prodigals is based on the idea that everyone in the world is going somewhere," observes Alex Wolaver, who for the first time shares lead vocalist duties with his sister Annie. "We're all on a personal journey. We are all either someone who's finding our way back home or we're someone who's running away from home. Every song on this album tells one of those two stories."
Recorded in the heart of Music City, Nashville, TN, Alex teamed up with award-winning producer Michael Omartian (Christopher Cross, Michael Bolton, Amy Grant,) to produce the new project that was originally imagined nearly a decade ago. Pilgrims & Prodigals will be marketed and distributed in partnership with Dream Journey, the television production company behind the many highly-popular Public Television Specials. The album is being packaged as a double-disc set, containing the CD plus a companion DVD showcasing the Annie Moses Band performing the entire album in concert.
"Video is very important to us, because what we do as the Annie Moses Band is very visual," explains Annie. "By including the live concert DVD with the album, people can see us performing and playing each song on the album."
Check out the group's recordings that are available at your local Canadian Christian retailer on the group's YMZ artist page. If you do not live near a retailer, you can order them here.