John Riesen and Gillian Riesen met performing professionally in 2014, as Artists in Residence with Shreveport Opera in Louisiana. As their working relationship grew, so did their romantic relationship. As they continued to perform around the world (Italy, China, and across the US), they got engaged, married, and now have a beautiful baby boy together. In that time they've performed duet concerts accompanied by their dear friend Neill Campbell, pianist.
With Covid-19 closing down theater in the US, they put their minds to a passion project they've long desired to make. A Christmas album of classic songs and duets. To accomplish this, they banded together with a family organization in Detroit, MI called Box Five Productions and a studio in Lansing, Michigan (Blue Griffin Recording) to put together this album to uplift the community and bring music and performances to so many in need of it during this challenging year:
Featuring songs in the style of Andy Williams, Nat King Cole, Judy Garland, and Michael Buble such as:
It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year - John
It's Beginning to Look alot like Christmas - Duet
I'll Be Home for Christmas - John
(Everybody's Waitin' For) The Man with the Bag - Gillian
O Holy Night - John
Let it Snow! Let it Snow! Let it Snow! -Duet
Sleigh Ride -Gillian
White Christmas - John
Baby it's cold outside - Duet
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas - Gillian
The Christmas Song - John
It will be nothing short of beautiful, intimate, fun, adorable, and heartfelt. This album will also be featuring jazz trombone by Chris Glassman, and background vocals by Lindsay Campbell.