Single Of The Week: Bobby D’Ambrosio feat. Bettina Pennon – Hark The Herald Angels Sing-Gloria (Spen & Thommy Davis Reedit) (Quantize Recordings)
When coming to think about a few words to describe Indamixworldwide, the first thing I thought of was its content. Therefore, I figured “covering 5 decades of Black Music” would pretty much do it. But no! This is the second time DJ Spen‘s label bring me to look way back with their releases. The first being Kelly G and Sharon Pass with their remix pack of (Go Down) ‘Moses’. Then right now with Bobby D’Ambrosio and Bettina Pennon and their adaptation of ‘Hark The Herald Angels Sing-Gloria’!
‘Hark The Herald Angels Sing-Gloria’ should sound familiar to most of you. Even to the non-Americans of us! First and foremost because it brings us back to the roots of American folklore…
A Christmas carol, it first appeared back in… 1739 (see below). Meanwhile the popular version would see the light a 100 years after. Countless artists have sung this song since. Mariah Carey giving her own rendition of it in a Christmas album back in 1994.
Bobby D’Ambrosio and Bettina Pennon are the latest names to be added to the long list. No need to say as to how if ever into festive /spiritual vibes, this gem is for you. Not only because Long Island-native Evangelist Bettina Pennon makes once again proof of her impressive vocal abilities. But also because her producer comes up with the right ingredients to bring the song to another dimension.
Hard to not somehow think of Sounds Of Blackness. ‘Hark The Herald Angels Sing-Gloria’ comes up right on time to celebrate the Holiday Season.
It therefore also comes up as the perfect soundtrack to wish you and yours a Merry Christmas!
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(*) ‘Hark The Herald Angels Sing’ (with an exclamation mark after “Hark”) is a Christmas carol. It first appeared in 1739 in the collection Hymns and Sacred Poems, having been written by Charles Wesley. He had requested and received slow and solemn music for his lyrics, not the joyful tune expected today. Moreover, Wesley‘s original opening couplet is “Hark! how all the welkin rings / Glory to the King of Kings”.
The popular version is the result alterations by various hands. Notably by Wesley‘s co-worker George Whitefield who changed the opening couplet to the familiar one, and by Felix Mendelssohn. In 1840, a hundred years after the publication of Hymns and Sacred Poems, Mendelssohn composed a cantata to commemorate Johann Gutenberg‘s invention of the printing press. It is music from this cantata, adapted by the English musician William H. Cummings to fit the lyrics of ‘Hark! The Herald Angels Sing’, that propels the carol known today.
“Hark! The Herald Angels Sing” was regarded as one of the Great Four Anglican Hymns and published as number 403 in “The Church Hymn Book” (New York and Chicago, U.S., 1872).
(* source: Wikipedia)
– Bobby D’Ambrosio is a man of many talents. He has built up an illustrious career as a remixer, producer and DJ for over 20 years. His impressive discography includes remixing artists such as Barry White, Loleatta Holloway, Kim English and Michael Watford among others.
He scored his biggest success – ‘I Like It Like That’ – along with the Blackout Allstars featuring Tito Nieves. A track which Burger King used soon after in a national television commercial, this, in turn, caused Columbia Records to re-release it. In 1994, Bobby joined Def Mix Productions, one of the most successful Dance Music production companies in the world.
As a result, Def Mix released Bobby‘s first single, ‘Moment Of My Life’, featuring Michelle Weeks in 1997. The song placed in the top 20 national charts in the UK and found licenses all over the world. The year after, he teamed up once again with Michelle Weeks on the memorable ‘The Day’.
In 2002, he completed ‘Here I Am: The Collection’, a garage-style album which he co-produced with Shawn Lucas, surrounding himself with singers like Michelle Weeks, Kellie Sae and Davidson Ospina. Remixes by David Morales and Eric Kupper insured that the album would become a DJ staple.
In past summers, one could find Bobby playing regularly at the Space Terrace in Ibiza and the Def Mix summer sessions at Pacha. He also spins all year round throughout Europe.
After 10 years, he departed from the Def Mix camp though. Determined to reach entirely new levels of success, he launched his own label, OSIO Records, back in 2006.
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