If you attend sports events or Catholic church services, you've probably heard Fort Wayne's Tom Didier perform the National Anthem or hymns. If you haven't, then this disc is a great introduction to one of the finest voices around.
But you'd better grab it fast, because of the 2,000 copies pressed, over 1,000 have already been sold mostly through Catholic church organizations and events (although you can pick it up at either Dave's Music Den or The Abba House in Fort Wayne).
Recorded and produced by Tom Tempel, O Holy Night utilizes mostly non-professional musicians, and at times this is apparent to listeners. But the piano accompaniment by Tony Andorfer (who also arranged all the pieces here) never falters. And Didier's voice is truly remarkable throughout. He has tremendous range, and he adapts his style quite well to each song, alternating between tenor and baritone adeptly. Most impressive, however, is the fact that each of these traditional Christmas carols are presented in a deeply spiritual way. For Didier, O Holy Night was a project of strong faith and conviction, and it shows.
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