'Christmas Comes Every Day'

Rudy Norman
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Local musicians release Christmas Album

A musical duo is finding success locally with their latest release - a Christmas album.

Clint Curtis and Steve Clarke are local musicians in Springdale. Together, they make up the band Sevenview - Curtis on guitar and vocals, and Clarke on drums.

The pair started making music quite some time ago from their studio, which bares the same name as their band.

Both say their experience in the music industry and passion for the art made the pairing a natural fit, and their debut release, Reach, which was released earlier this year, is a testament of their unique sound.

Their latest release, "Christmas Comes Every Day" is an after-product of the title track, which they recorded and released last year as a single, and posted online for fans to listen to and enjoy.

"We released the digital-only single 'Christmas Comes Every Day' last year and had very good response so we felt that releasing that song along with a full set of holiday classics would really expand on that success," said Curtis.

He says for him, producing a Christmas album is something he's always wanted to do.

"For many years now I've wanted to record a Christmas album, and this year seemed like just the right time to do it."

The title track is the only original tune on the album, but the boys of Sevenview didn't let the traditional nature of the rest of the album stop them from taking some artistic liberties with some much-loved classics.

As they describe it, "the album includes upbeat renditions of 'Angels We Have Heard On High,' 'Joy To The World' and 'O Come All Ye Faithful.' A Springsteen-esque 'God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen' is followed by a clever take on 'We Three Kings' that really puts the listener in the shoes of the song's travellers. Add in a pensive version of 'Jingle Bells,' and 'O Come All Ye Faithful,' 'O Holy Night' and 'Silent Night' faithfully rendered. The album ends with an emotional instrumental rendition of 'What Child Is This?'"

The idea behind the title track, says Clarke, is the idea and hope that people don't only use the time around December 25 to express the feelings and emotions they express at Christmas.

"We love the Christmas season," he said, "but have always felt that the spirit of Christmas can be carried all year by living in a mode of love and giving. This is where the title song came from."

When not making their own music, Clarke and Curtis are busy in their Springdale studio, making music for others as well - with several releases from various clients released over the past number of months ranging in all genres from Country to Gospel.

Christmas Comes every day is also the first official release on their newly formed Sevenview Records - a record label they hope to use to help promote and support local artists, in addition to their own recordings.

Leading up to the holiday season Sevenview are playing in some local venues in and around Springdale. Their album is also on sale locally or on iTunes. For more information or to purchase an album, visit www.sevenviewband.com

Geographic location: Springdale

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