Beverly Hills, CA (PRWEB) August 14, 2006
It's beginning to look a lot like chocolate for Whitney Wolanin. Teen vocal sensation Whitney Wolanin's spirited rocking holiday album "Christmasology" is set to hit department stores and specialty food shops as part of a gift package of custom handcrafted chocolates by famed Belgian chocolatier Ingo Wullaert.
This holiday season, everyone from Santa on down will be “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” with the teen vocal sensation, who brings an edgy, grooving new energy to 15 of the world’s favorite sacred and secular classics on her latest album Christmasology.
Mixed by famed engineer Joe Smith (Destiny’s Child, Mariah Carey, Backstreet Boys, ‘N Sync), the collection, which is due to drop worldwide in late October, caps an amazing year for the young singer, whose popular debut Funkology XIII spawned two powerful hit singles since its early 2006 release.
“It Takes Two,” her duet with Survivor former lead singer Jimi Jamison, hit #9 on FMQB’s AC40 Chart, was a #1 most added, and spent 20 weeks on the chart. Wolanin’s teen empowerment anthem “Good” stayed on the same chart for 47 weeks, hitting #7 -- all incredible figures for a debut artist. Also this year, Youth Crime Watch of America picked her as a featured spokesperson for helping young people avoid problems on the internet. She is featured on YCWA websites throughout the world, and the page views in June 2006 alone total over 200,000 hits.
In addition to a wide release at brick and mortar stores, availability on her own website (http://www.WhitneyWolanin.com) and literally every online website and download website in the world, Christmasology is going to be sold at department stores, specialty food stores and candy shops as part of a unique package with custom hand crafted chocolates by Belgian born Chocolatier Ingo Wullaert.
The chocolate manufacturer, who is based in both Belgium and Naples, Florida, and counts himself as a big fan of Wolanin’s, is including a copy of the album with a special box of chocolates shaped to look like Christmas ornaments. The package will also include a whimsical “Story of the Belgian Chocolates Music Company,” written by the singer, which explains the joyful connection between holiday music and chocolate: “Gourmet Handcrafted Belgian Chocolates, made with only the finest ingredients, paired with spirited music that would make everyone once again believe in the true meaning of Christmas.”
Wolanin will also be celebrating the season with a series of live performances throughout December in her home state of Florida. Working around her school schedule, she will be performing “Christmasology” with her own band and dancers at dates in Estero and Sanibel Island, and will be singing backed by the Southwest Florida Symphony Orchestra at the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Center in Ft. Myers.
Wolanin says she’s heard a lot of very “blah” Christmas albums in her life, and wanted to bring an up-tempo rock vibe to Christmasology which would be a unique, contemporary expression of the fun way she views the season. “Christmas is one of my favorite times of the year, and I thought it would be fun to redo a bunch of traditional songs to make them tunes you could party to. On the fast songs, I’d figure out my key and then have my drummer keep increasing the tempo to get me to the fastest groove possible on each song. It was a challenge to sing and accomplish the phrasing over grooves that were so fast, but it was worth it. I love how it came out. It’s as hot as we could get it!”
Christmasology also includes several gentle, spiritual moments, including a beautiful a cappella approach to “O Come All Ye Faithful” and a gentle soulful piano arrangement of “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas.”
Wolanin is currently working on original material for her next album writing by herself and co-writing with her piano playing sister Victoria Wolanin, with the new songs scheduled for release in 2007.
On Sunday August 13th Whitney Wolanin completed an in depth 40 minute syndicated radio interview on the WOW GIRLS LIVE Radio Show hosted by Billy Hallowell.
For more information on Whitney Wolanin contact:
Steve Levesque or James Levesque at Luck Media & Marketing, Inc. at (310) 860-9170
For more information on Belgian Chocolates Music Co.
Go to: http://www.BelgianChocolatesMusic.com