Award-Winning Christmas Recording Offers Hope to Cancer Patients

By Jenny Bennett | managing editor,
Posted: Tue, 11/16/2010 - 11:40

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Award-Winning Christmas Recording Offers Hope to Cancer Patients

December Peace, the award-winning Christmas recording from acclaimed pianist and composer Stanton Lanier, is helping offer hope to cancer patients around the country. Through Lanier’s “Get Music Give Hope” initiative, one copy of December Peace is donated to a cancer center with every album purchased.

Produced by GRAMMY Award-winner Will Ackerman, December Peace was named “Best Holiday Album” in the 2009 ZMR Music Awards, a leading resource for instrumental music genres. The project features a range of traditional selections, including “Jesu, Joy Of Man’s Desiring,” “O Come, O Come Emmanuel,” and “Silent Night,” as well as Lanier's original compositions “Thanksgiving,” “Shepherds and Stars,” and “Silence,” among others.

“In creating and arranging these melodies, my heart was to offer listeners God’s peace, rest, hope and healing in the midst of the stressful and busy holiday season,” says Lanier. “When someone shares they were prompted to pause for a moment, slow down, breathe a little deeper or count their blessings, then I know this inspiration is coming through.”

“Whether in his original compositions or in his brilliant interpretations of Christmas classics, December Peace reveals Stanton’s unique voice,” says Ackerman. “This is music that adds beauty and peace to a world deeply in need of it.”

A former chemist and financial planner, Lanier has released six albums since 2001, and his works have been featured on The Weather Channel; National Public Radio; “Delilah”; Sirius XM’s “Spa” channel; and Lifetime TV’s “Army Wives,” among many other outlets.

Lanier is also founder of the non-profit organization Music to Light the World. The organization’s “Get Music Give Hope” program has donated performances and CDs to cancer patients, hospitals, inner city ministries and schools around the country, including Hospice Atlanta; Milwaukee’s Vince Lombardi Cancer Clinics; Arizona Cancer Center in Tucson; and Mitchell Cancer Institute in Mobile, Alabama.

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