Star-Studded 'Rock' Orchestra Brings Christmas to Arizona in April

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Phoenix is in for a treat come April 17th, a Christmas treat that is, when Northern Light Orchestra launches its debut CD "The Spirit of Christmas" with a free live, classic rock-infused performance.

majestic, orchestrated rock music featuring soaring vocals, incredible guitar solos worthy of true 'Guitar Hero' status, and pounding rhythms sure to impress and invigorate the baby boomer generation that grew up on what is today classic rock.

Classic rock, Christmas orchestra? The two terms don't usually go together. But Northern Light Orchestra is a unique project bringing together some of the biggest rock stars of the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s for an incomparable celebration of the Christmas story.

Following the launch of the CD, Northern Light Orchestra kicks off it's official annual Christmas touring season in October, establishing what many expect to quickly become a new Christmas tradition.

Ken Mary (former drummer House of Lords and Alice Cooper Band) says, "NLO takes Christmas music in a totally new direction. Although some will compare us to Transiberian Orchestra the difference in our styles and message is clear. We are band that play hard rock guitar virtuoso music that has been made famous on the multitudes of Guitar Hero games that have been sold. NLO is made up of true guitar heroes. George Lynch, Bill Levererty, Lanny Cordova Doug Aldridge, Jason Hook. There are true guitar heros that have contributed to NLO."

Artists featured as part of the project include*:
Phil Bardowell (Beach Boy, Magdalen), Bob Carlisle ("Butterfly Kisses"), Eddie James (Gospel singer), Jon Gibson (Jon Gibson), Robin McAuley (Survivor), Debbie Sledge (Sister Sledge), Rose Stone (Sly and the Family Stone), Doug Aldrich (Whitesnake), Kendall Bechtel (Fifth Angel), Lanny Cordola (House Of Lords), Jason Hook (Alice Cooper, Mandy Moore), Bruce Kulick (KISS, Grandfunk Railroad), Bill Leverty (Firehouse), George Lynch (Dokken, Lynchmob), Elliot Randell (Steeley Dan), David Ellefson (Megadeth, F5), Chuck Wright (Quiet Riot, Vanilla Fudge), Ken Mary (Alice Cooper, House of Lords), Kip Winger (Winger, Alice Cooper), Dizzy Reed (Guns-n-Roses), Brian Stewart (Backstreet Boys, Poe).

With a lineup like that, Northern Light Orchestra, has lived up to it's claim to provide "majestic, orchestrated rock music featuring soaring vocals, incredible guitar solos worthy of true 'Guitar Hero' status, and pounding rhythms sure to impress and invigorate the baby boomer generation that grew up on what is today classic rock."

Dave Ellefson (former bass player founding member Megedeth) says, "I am grateful to be part of a project that requires skill determination and hard work to pull off. I am proud to be playing songs that have been well crafted with a true message concerning the Spirit of Christmas."

Phillip Bartowell (former lead singer Beach Boys) says, "Being part of NLO after years of touring with the Beach Boys is truly a privilege. Making music with a true message of worldwide peace and love is something I have always wanted to do. NLO has stretched me like no other band I have been part of. I look forward to many successful years with this band."

Best of all, the April 17th performance, scheduled to take place at Phoenix's Orpheum Theatre, is free of charge on a first come first serve basis. More Informations is available at the project's MySpace page,
Free tickets are available for download at:

The Northern Light Orchestra project is being produced and promoted by Christian charity BoatAngel/ CarAngel. While it may sound like a major undertaking for a charity many have likely never heard of, BoatAngel is no stranger to the production and promotion of professional works of film and music.

*] (not all stars will be present for the Orpheum Event)

Among BoatAngel's credits is award winning independent film D.O.P.E., which fuses the testimonies of top skateboard champions with contemporary Christian alternative music in a potent warning to kids to avoid the dangerous temptations of drugs and petty crime, also award winning film “Federal Case” which chronicles a pregnant teenager's fight to keep her baby rather than abortion and “Red Corvette” Movie about the pitfalls of involvement with marijuana. BoatAngel also produces the “Donkey Ollie” series of Children's Animations depicting Bible Stories brought from the perspective of the donkey that Jesus used to ride into Jerusalem. DVDs and CDs are available for free by going to or calling 1-800-car-angel.

*] Not all artists will participate in the April 17 event.

The brain child of re-mix keyboardist/writer Brian Stewart (Backstreet Boys, Robert Plant, Hall & Oates, Poe) and produced by industry veteran Ken Mary (House of Lords, Trik Turner, Alice Cooper, The Beach Boys), Northern Light Orchestra is designed to create a total musical experience combining the powerful drama of Webber and Rice’s "Jesus Christ Superstar" with the emotionally moving musical styles of Electric Light Orchestra. Press requests can be sent to boatangel @

Brian Stewart says, "Boat Angel is proud to sponsor the filming of Northern Light Orchestra. It is our hope that by using the talents of world renown musicians we can bring a sense of hope to so many who during this time of economic upheaval have lost their hope."

BoatAngel Outreach Center is a nationwide 501(c)3 Christian Church that uses Boat Donations and Property Donations to produce uplifting media, help the needy and support medical missions around the world. Car Angel makes car donations simple by providing free pick-up service and all the paper work necessary to receive a full legal IRS deduction.

Brian Stewart
boatangel @


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