(THE CHRISTMAS BELL)
Ding- A -Ling (The Christmas Bell) was originally recorded by Lynn Anderson and then Conway Twitty. Written by the great songwriting team Jerry Foster and Bill Rice, this classic hot country song has now been released by Hall of Fame Songwriter Jerry Foster and songwriter and recording artist Lisa Gentile. Foster and Rice is the most award winning songwriting team in ASCAP History garnering sixty-eight awards. They've written for numerous artists such as Charley Pride, Jerry Lee Lewis, Mickey Gilley, Bobby Bare, Johnny Cash, Jeannie C. Riley, Mel Tillis and the list goes on. Just a very few of their hits are " The Easy Part's Over", "39 and Holding", "The Back Side Of Dallas", "Ain't She Something Else", "The Day The Earth Stood Still" and "Heaven Every Day".
What makes this version special is that Foster revised the lyrics to reflect the current bullying climate school age children are faced with today and he has an autistic grandson, he knows first hand they autistic kids are prone to bullying. According to the Autism Speaks website . . "Evidence shows over 60% of children and young adults with autism experience bullying. Among them, high schoolers are most likely to be bullied. School-aged children on the autism spectrum who do not need special health care and those from disadvantaged neighborhoods are also more likely to be bullied than other autistic children. Lisa has an autistic stepson, so together they will donate the proceeds of this single to Autism Speaks.
Adam Box, Bass, Drums, Guitars, Percussion (Brothers Osborne); Nelson Bragg, Vocals (Brian Wilson Band); Matt Chiaravalle, Guitars, (Warren Zevon, Joe Bonamassa, Josh Joplin); Rob Clores, Piano (Black Crowes, Tom Jones); Smith Curry, Pedal Steel (Jason Aldean, Billy Currington, Kelsie Ballerini); Dave Eggar, Cello (Coldplay, Taylor Swift, Tony Bennett, Beyoncé); Jason Graumlich, Guitars (Brothers Osborne); Rick Huckaby, Guitars and Featured Vocal Guest Artist (Tracy Lawrence, Trace Atkins, Thomas Rhett); Billy Justineau, Piano and Organ (Brothers Orsborne, Eric Church, Tenille Townes); Rich Mercurio, Drums (Sara Bareilles, Indina Menzel, Little Steven); Jerry Marotta, Bass and Drums (Peter Gabriel, Hall & Oats, Indigo Girls, Orleans); Peter Sternberg, Bass (Brothers Osborne, Phil Vassar) and Ford Thurston, Guitars (Randy Houser, Paul Tabachneck).
Start Flying is a testament to Lisa Gentile's evolution as both an artist and a producer. With each track on the album, she showcases her growth and determination to overcome obstacles. Drawing from her diverse musical influences, Lisa seamlessly blends pop, country, rock, and soul to create a sound that is uniquely her own.
The album kicks off with the infectious energy of "Sweet on You," a feel-good anthem that celebrates life's simple pleasures. From there, Lisa takes listeners on an emotional journey with songs like "Drive" and "On the Water," which capture the highs and lows of life's experiences. In "Lifeline," she delves into the haunting depths of loss, while "Piece of Me" and "Stuck with Me" explore the complexities of love and passion.
"Guys Like You" stands out as a powerful statement from Lisa, as she confronts the challenges faced by female artists in a male-dominated industry. It's a rock and soul power anthem that demands attention and respect. On the other hand, "I Drank the Cooking Wine" adds a touch of classic country charm with its mid-tempo drinking song, infused with Lisa's unique twist of insanity.
Throughout the album, Lisa's lyrics offer hope, encouragement, and inspiration. Songs like "Rise," "Shine," and the title track "Start Flying" remind listeners to persevere and embrace their own journey. And as the album comes to a close, Lisa surprises us with "Just When I Thought the Rain Would End," a power ballad she wrote and recorded at just 16 years old. It's a testament to her talent and maturity as a songwriter.
For Lisa, Start Flying is more than just a collection of songs. It's a representation of her growth as an artist and a testament to her resilience. She refuses to let anyone define her based on age, appearance, or any other external factors. Instead, she believes in the power of her art and work ethic to propel her forward. This album is her way of spreading her wings and soaring to new heights.
So, join Lisa Gentile on this musical journey as she defies expectations and embraces her true potential. Start Flying is available now on all streaming platforms, ready to uplift and inspire listeners with its powerful melodies and heartfelt lyrics. It's time to believe in yourself and embrace the freedom to fly, just like Lisa.