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Recording Artist John Berry Gears up for 8th Annual Christmas Tour
Announces the Release of 'Oh Holy Night Live' CD
By Cindy Beth Gordon
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2004-01-26
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I recently caught up with recording artist John Berry. John Berry is currently planning his 8th Annual Christmas Tour. For the last seven years, John has wowed sold out crowds with his version of "O Holy Night" and other Christmas favorites. This 90-minute show is filled with traditional Christmas songs and childhood stories told only the way John can tell them.

John Berry will also re-release Christmas Live as the newly packaged O Holy Night Live in Wal-Mart this holiday season. An early 2004 release is planned for his long-awaited studio album of love songs. Berry will also be performing at the "Holiday High Lights Event" at the World-of Coca-Cola Plaza lighting of the holiday tree. John will perform three to four holiday songs during the televised special from 8:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. The second hour of entertainment is televised on WGCL Channel 46, the CBS affiliate.

[Cindy Beth Gordon] Hi John. It's great to talk with you. So you're getting ready for your Christmas tour?

John Berry Yes, we're getting ready to kick it off. This will be our 8th year. We head out for the first show in Gainesville, Georgia - the day after Thanksgiving.

[Cindy Beth Gordon] That sounds great. How long is the tour for?

John Berry It goes right up until the night before Christmas - Monday night before Christmas is the last show.

[Cindy Beth Gordon] Where are you going to be touring this year? Are the tour dates on your website?

John Berry The dates are slowly appearing on the website - www.johnberry.net, but we'll be in Georgia, Tennessee, Ohio, all over - from North Dakota to Florida.

[Cindy Beth Gordon] Will you be playing in New Jersey?

John Berry The closest we get to New Jersey for this tour is upstate New York and maybe Pennsylvania.

[Cindy Beth Gordon] Sounds good. I talked to you last year. I think you had a cello player last year?

John Berry Yes, John Catching. He's with us again this year. We'll be having more of the same beautiful Christmas music. No dancing girls!

[Cindy Beth Gordon] I heard you also are releasing a Live Christmas CD entitled Oh Holy Night Live.

John Berry Yes. We packaged and our re-releasing Christmas Live in a new package that's called Oh Holy Night Live. It's going to be available at Wal-Mart this year. My label, Clear Sky Records, we got a distribution deal with Big Daddy Distribution out of New Jersey.

[Cindy Beth Gordon] That's great news. Congratulations!

John Berry Thank you. Wal-Mart picked up the record, so it will be available in Wal-Mart stores. We're tickled about that.

[Cindy Beth Gordon] Any other projects you'd like to share with our readers?

John Berry We're in the midst of putting finishing touches on a Love Songs record. We will have it available on the Christmas tour with us on the road and then it will be available on our website in December. Hopefully it will be in the stores in February. It's love songs from when I was growing up - from the early '70s to the mid '80s. We did everything from Jim Croce's "Time in a Bottle," "If" by David Gates of Bread, "Love Look What You've Done to Me" from the Urban Cowboy movie soundtrack (a Boz Skaggs song), and Al Green's "Lets Stay Together." This is all just gotta hold your hand, I love you, you love me, we're naked in front of the fireplace music! That's what this is - it's serious! It's wonderful - I'm just tickled to death with it, I love it.

[Cindy Beth Gordon] Sounds like a great record. We look forward to hearing that. Where did you record that album?

John Berry We did the basic tracks in Nashville. Then we actually did all the vocals and the keyboard overdubs while we've been on the road. We have a Protools recording setup on my bus, so we did some of them on the bus, we did some of them in the hotel, we did most of the vocals at the Gold Strike Casino hotel in Mississippi. We recorded it all over the place! We spent an evening recording at a Wal-Mart parking lot on the way to California.

[Cindy Beth Gordon] Sounds fun.

John Berry We had a blast!

[Cindy Beth Gordon] Did you produce it or did you have a producer?

John Berry John Mills, John Hall and myself - the three of us produced it.

[Cindy Beth Gordon] You did the "Painting the Town Tour" this Summer - how did that go?

John Berry It went great. We had a lot of fun! David Lee and I got to write a song together this summer. We wrote a love song called "Will You Marry Me?" Hopefully it's going to be the first and probably the only single off the record. We're going to put it out the first week of January. But it's a sweet, sweet song.

[Cindy Beth Gordon] What inspired you to write that?

John Berry A friend of mine wanted me to write a song for him. He was going to ask his girlfriend to marry him and he wanted me to write a song for him so, we did.

[Cindy Beth Gordon] Is there anything else that you wanted to add?

John Berry Well, I'm looking forward to hopefully getting back out that way to play before too long, maybe with the Love Songs tour. We're doing the Love Songs tour the month of February and the first two weeks of March, basically surrounding Valentines Day, so hopefully we'll get in that part of the country for that tour.

[Cindy Beth Gordon] Sounds good. Well, thank you John. It was great talking to you. I wish you much success with the Christmas Tour, O Holy Night Live and the new album, Love Songs.

John Berry Thanks Cindy.

For more information on booking a show, please contact Bob Kinkead with Buddy Lee Attractions at 615-244-4336. Radio should contact Sharon Eaves at nashmgr@aol.com or 615-297-7002. Print media should contact Laura Claffey at publicityhouse@comcast.net or 615-545-8763. Check out John Berry's website at www.johnberry.net.


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