Los Angeles, CA – Celebrate the holidays this year with a little international flavor, courtesy of one of the most widely revered violinists, vocalists and musical geniuses who has collaborated with everyone from Frank Zappa, Peter Gabriel and U2 to Bruce Springsteen, Madonna and many, many more – Indian-born L. Shankar. Known for his incredibly dexterous playing and his unique singing voice, Shankar has earned accolades from across the musical spectrum and has been recruited to perform live for the worldâ€™s most demanding talents. Now, Shankar brings Christmas From India, a brand new set of recordings where he recreates some of the most treasured holiday classics with the sound of tablas, sitar and, of course, violin and vocals to craft a Christmas album like no other. The album also includes 2 original compositions written by Shankar, â€œChristmas Timeâ€ and â€œSaviour.â€
Shankar had this to say about the project, â€œIt was a thrill and pure joy to work on my new album Christmas From India. It brought back fond memories of working on the music for both of the Jesus movies, first with the legendary filmmaker Martin Scorsese and Peter Gabriel on â€˜The Last Temptation of Christâ€™ and then with Mel Gibson and John Debney on â€˜The Passion of the Christ.â€™ Christmas From India is like a third chapter.â€
Today, Shankar brings the Christmas joy a little early, sharing his gorgeous take on the â€˜80s Band Aid classic â€œDo They Know Itâ€™s Christmas.â€
Christmas From India will be available on all digital platforms as well as on CD in a digipak!
1. Jingle Bells
2. All I Want For Christmas Is You
3. The First Noel
4. We Wish You A Merry Christmas
5. O Holy Night
6. Do They Know It’s Christmas?
7. Deck The Halls
8. O Christmas Tree
9. Christmas Time
10. Silent Night
11. Joy To The World
12. Last Christmas