Nashville producer and multi-instrumentalist Melissa DuPuy has created a second Legacy Christmas album that is as stunning as the first.
Last year’s Treasured Carols of the Kirk raised more than $100,000 for Living Waters for the World (LWW), a clean water mission of the Synod of Living Waters, and Presbyterian Women’s Birthday Offering. It featured some of the world’s best instrumentalists and vocalists of the Celtic, Americana and Folk genres.
This year’s musical offering -- Legacy Christmas – Nativity Carols and Hymns “begins where the last CD leaves off,” DuPuy says, “starting with Celtic-influenced pieces and progressing to Appalachian stylings common to churches of the 1700-1800’s.”
The first Legacy Christmas CD received enthusiastic reviews by the music press and the new CD seems sure to follow suit. Standout tracks include In the Bleak Midwinter, arranged by Russell Davis, Cherry Tree Carol, sung by critically-acclaimed folk artist Julie Lee, and Silent Night, sung by The Chieftains’ Alyth McCormack in both Scots-Gaelic and English.
Peggy Carroll, a member of Presbyterian Women from University Presbyterian Church in Baton Rouge, La., said, “We received our new Legacy Christmas CD and are already enjoying listening to it. My favorite place is in the car. I like the way the new format moves from Celtic to Appalachian music. You are able to enjoy the similarities in their styles. My favorite is ‘Cherry Tree Carol.’ What a treat to enjoy the music as we think about supporting the missions of Living Waters for the World and PW Birthday Offering. Thank you for providing this!”
Living Waters for the World has continued to expand rapidly. To date, LWW has partnered with communities in 25 nations to install over 670 water systems via 1,800 trained volunteers, mostly from PC(USA) congregations.
“Presbyterian Women has always been there for Living Waters, offering support at critical moments over the past 20 years,” says LWW Executive Director Steve Young. “It is a joy to be able to now give back to PW via the Legacy Christmas project so that others may benefit.”
Churches may order consignment kits of both Legacy Christmas records at no cost and collect donations at Christmas gift markets, group meetings, between worship services — “wherever people gather who enjoy beautiful carols and wish to share clean water with mothers and children throughout the world,” says Young.
More than 180 kits have been ordered already, which bodes well for the project.
To order a consignment kit, listen to song samples or purchase individual CDs, visit the Legacy Christmas website.