It’s hard to believe that it’s been 20 years, but it has. I wrote what has become my signature song, “Draw Me Close, in January of 1994. I came home from church on a Sunday, January 9th to be exact, and felt somewhat discouraged.
Here’s the final promo video for The Noël Project. This one features short clips from all the songs on the Project. Enjoy!
Here’s another promo video for The Noël Project. This one features us working on a little ditty called “Jingle This”, a fun retro-Motown/hip-hop groove with the refrain from “Angels We Have Heard On High” whistled by a small cadre of angelic fans. Please share with your friends. Everybody wants more holiday music.
We are quite happy to announce that the first promotional video is out for Kelly’s upcoming holiday release “The Noël Project”. Take a look and share, share, share with your friends. Slated for a November 15 release date, we will start taking pre-orders in mid-October. Enjoy!
I’m scouring the continents for people who would like to add some whistling to this track. That’s right, I would like you to whistle on my upcoming holiday record, The Noël Project.
Work on The Noël Project, the upcoming holiday album, is coming along nicely. Please enjoy a rough mix of Kelly’s adaptation of Bach’s “Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring”.
Have a listen to the first taste of my upcoming Christmas record, codenamed “Project Noël”. Yes, it may be the end of July, but I’m visualizing mistletoe and sugar plum fairies.
Here is one of those improvisational piano pieces I came up with that I later added some atmospheric pads and woodwinds to.
Here is a sampler of various selections from Kelly Carpenter’s instrumental CD, “Draw Me Close”, originally released in 2001 and re-released in 2009. Kelly wrote the title song “Draw Me Close”, a contemporary worship song, in 1994 and it has since become a worship classic, sung in churches around the world. It is available for purchase in the Store.
Here is an alternate take of “Waiting” from my 2011 instrumental release “Passage”. For fun, I added some audio FX. So close your eyes and imagine yourself sitting by a stream in the sun, gentle breeze through the trees, birds singing. Enjoy!
Here is footage from the CD release concert on Nov 18, 2011 at Fremont Abbey in Seattle. Here they perform a cover of David Ruis’ “Whom Have I But You?” with a stunning intro by Bryn Cannon and a wonderful guitar outro by Scott A. Burnett.
“Recently, I wrote a song calling for peace, inspired by things that I have thinking and feeling lately that finally had to find expression. This song is more than just about ending war, it is also about ending injustice, and I felt compelled to include images of figures over the past century who took a nonviolent stand against injustice: Martin Luther King, Mahatma Gandhi, and Nelson Mandela.”
Lately I have been into writing anthemic-sounding songs. Here’s the latest work in progress titled “The Games”. This is free to download, just keep in mind that it is still very rough.
Here is a video montage of several songs from Kelly’s 2011 watershed release “Passage”. Footage from the studio sessions in Vancouver, Canada is included.
A downtempo piece with a haunting Celtic-style melody.