Durham, NC (PRWEB) December 25, 2009
Gospel group Clarkwise released their Christmas classic, “The Christ-mas Song” to the masses earlier this month. They follow up that effort with the producer’s cut of their music video on YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZgIaf5HSUTQ). The video features live nativity footage and a message of love, tenderness and sharing.
Clarkwise worked during the summer to put together a storyline that is reflective of the song’s uncompromising message of the true meaning of Christmas, which is the birth of Christ. “There are lots of songs out there that address the commercial side of Christmas,” states Sandra Gravely of Clarkwise, “but we wanted to reacquaint the world with the true meaning of the holiday that we call Christ-mas.”
“We were fortunate to once again work with James Lewis, Jr. of JIL’s Audio & Video Productions of Lumberton, NC who filmed the video on location in Greensboro, NC and Chicago, IL. It’s always a little strange putting together all of the elements of a Christmas video in the middle of June.” states Paul Irving, President of Omnific Music. “I performed an Internet search of live nativities for the prior year and discovered that Gospel Baptist Church of Greensboro actually had their own animals. Pastor Paul Luttrell and Greg Hazelwood of the church were absolutely phenomenal to work with and literally opened their doors to both Clarkwise and the production team.”
Irving continues, “Mrs. Barbara Bost of B’s Boutique in Greensboro went out of her way to provide both a set and wardrobes for the video. Also, I was personally thrilled to work with Sterling Carriage of Greensboro who provided us with a vintage 1954 Bentley R-Type and their chauffeur Thomas Pupo.”
This video marks Chris Murrell’s directorial debut. Until now, Chris has been known as the silky smooth voice of the Count Basie Orchestra, but Paul Irving saw something extra. “By watching Chris in action during our recording sessions, I noticed that he not only has a keen sense of the subtleties of musical story-telling, but also a natural rapport with others and a strong teaching acumen. When it came time to select a director for the video, I knew he was the right person for the job.” states Irving.
Murrell remarks, “Shocked and awestruck at the idea of directing this video would truly be an understatement! However, Paul and Clarkwise humbled me with their confidence in my ability to take on such a daunting task. I think they felt that I understood that this was to be a simple and unadulterated story of the birth of the Savior. To be honest, everyone involved realized the opportunity God was giving us. This was one the most fulfilling things I have ever done!” Tony Carpenter co-directed the scenes at Pete Miller’s Restaurant in Evanston, IL; Gregory Powell and James Lewis, Jr. are editing the project.
The main storyline of the video features the acting debuts of Michelle Spoon and Rebecca Clark. They portray what happens when two very different worlds collide and how we all need a personal encounter with the savior, played by Gabriel Velazquez. On stage performances by Robert Irving III on piano, Cecile Savage on bass, Ernie Adams on drums, Leon Q. Allen on flugelhorn and Kelly Fidei on flute provide the icing on the cake.
“The Christ-mas Song” is the first single from Clarkwise’s debut CD titled Brand New and is available on iTunes, Amazon MP3, Napster, Zune, CD Baby and http://www.Clarkwise.com. The project is produced by Robert (Baabe) Irving III and Denver A. Wright, producer for R&B-turned-Gospel crooner Tony Terry, and Paul Irving, most noted for his work with the Edwin Hawkins and Bishop Walter Hawkins Music and Arts Love Fellowship Choir. Robert Irving III called in some of his friends to make things sizzle. Bassists include, in addition to Marlene Rosenberg, Darryl “The Munch” Jones of The Rolling Stones, Michael Manson of The Winans and Frank Russell of the Ramsey Lewis Band. In addition to Ernie Adams, drummers include, Vincent Wilburn Jr, Miles Davis’ nephew and Charles Heath former drummer of The Color Purple Tour. Garry Percell of Reidsville, NC, one of Robert Irving’s former band members, plays both electric and acoustic guitars on the entire project. Members of the Earth Wind & Fire Phoenix Horns provide an extra punch for the project as a whole in addition to a symphony orchestra. Guest vocalists include Twinkie Clark-Terrell and Dr. Harry L. Clark, Sr. Edwin Hawkins serves as the Music Consultant for the project.
Omnific Music LLC is a gospel music label established in 2005 and headquartered in Durham, NC. Omnific Music is a Christian-based company that strives to provide innovative Gospel/Christian music that does not compromise Christian values.