CHRISTMAS IN DETROIT 3: Help the Homeless Through Music

Dec 7, 2009 | News | 0 comments

Detroit’s top celebrities and musicians are joining together for charity this holiday season, lending their time and talent to “Christmas in Detroit,a holiday CD set benefitting the homeless and the needy in the Metro-Detroit area. Christmas in Detroit is a unique 3-CD collection of 42 amazing songs by Detroit artists with recordings of both original material and classic holiday favorites. In addition to songs from the first two “Christmas in Detroit” CDs (1992 and 1993), 17 new tracks have been recorded by artists and personalities like Stewart Francke, The Hell Drivers, Devin Scillian, Jeff Daniels, Larry Lee & Back in the Day, Dave Edwards and rising stars Molly Hunt & Quentin Dennard. The new songs were produced and recorded at Harmonie Park Music by brothers Brian & Mark Pastoria over the last two months, with Mark mixing most of the 17 new songs.

“We received overwhelming interest from local musicians to take part in Christmas in Detroit. Their generosity is inspiring,” said Brian Pastoria, co-founder of Harmonie Park and Christmas in Detroit. “Some of these artists are household names. Others are soon to be.”

   Proceeds from the CD will support S.A.Y. Detroit, a nonprofit organization founded by author Mitch Albom – who also writes and performs on the CD – dedicated to rebuilding the inner city one life at a time by funding homeless programs in the area. Christmas in Detroit will be released December 1 and will be available to order online at for $20.00 and for purchase at more than 100 Biggby, National Coney Island, and Tubby’s locations in Metro Detroit. “This is who we are in Detroit,” said Albom. “When there is a need, we pull together. And with our musical tradition, when we pull together, something beautiful results.”
The Christmas in Detroit artists will showcase their talent in a free concert at the Renaissance Center’s Wintergarden, on December 17 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.



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