About the CD
Giving of the Heart
2. Jingle Bells
3. Drummer Boy
4. Silent Night
5. What Child Is This
(featuring Karmine Alers)
6. Sleigh Ride
7. The Christmas Song
8. Breath of Heaven
9. Winter Wonderland
10. O Holy Nigh
11. Grown Up Christmas List
Produced by Dahna Bender, Jimmy Greco & Russ DeSalvo
About the Producers:
A Grammy-nominated songwriter & producer with credits including Carlos Santana, Jennifer Lopez, Celine Dion, Co Co Lee, Jennifer Love Hewitt, and Jamie Lynn Sigler. With over 25 million in worldwide sales, he also has a wide list of credits as an arranger & programmer.
Mr. Greco enjoyed his first number one success in the writing of Jerry Riviera’s “Quireo,” which endured a six-week run at #1 on Billboards Hot Latin Tracks; this additionally, song was also nominated in 2001 for “Premio Lo Nuestro’s” Song of the Year. He later co-wrote &-produced Frankie Negron’s album “Por Tu Placer,” a 2002 Grammy nominee for “Best Salsa Album of the Year.” Greco co-wrote & produced Jennifer Lopez’s “Si Ya Se Acabo,” which appeared on the album entitled “J-Lo.” The album sold over 6 million units worldwide; additionally, he produced on “J to the LO” Remix album, (over 2 million units sold worldwide).
Jimmy Greco’s most truly unforgettable co-write and production was for the living legend Carlos Santana, for which his song “Come to My World” appears on the B-side of Santana’s single “Game of Love” (feat Michelle Branch). Greco also co-wrote the song “Seduceme,” performed by recording artist India. In March 2003, “Seduceme” landed at #1 on Billboard’s Hot Latin Tracks Chart, and remained there for three weeks. www.jimmygreco.com
His multi-faceted talents as a hit songwriter, accomplished producer, sought-after arranger and professional musician. His Credits include: 98°, Celine Dion, Trisha Yearwood, Marc Anthony, Bebe Winans, Tina Arena, Sophie B. Hawkins, Mya, Anastasia, Jennifer Paige, Natalie Grant, Michelle Wright
and Amber. During Russ’ 30+ years with a career in music he has written, produced, arranged and performed on many multi-platinum selling records. From his early days at the Hit Factory to becoming one of the most desirable session players and touring with Carlos Santana (during his special Rainbow tours) led him to becoming friends with renowned producer, Narada Michael Walden. Russ’ session with Cutting Records/Polygram recording artist, Safire, inspired him in the early years to write a song specifically for her, “Thinking of You”, which became a Billboard #6 hit and also with Sweet Sensations “If Wishes Came True”, which went on to be #1. Both songs won him the ASCAP Pop Award of the year in their respective years, and more recently, Russ’ song “Keep On Shining” by Natalie Grant had won him the 2002 ASCAPChristian Music award. Whether he is working with rising- or super-star artists, Russ has been instrumental in helping take the music vision and direction of these artists he works with and shaping and arranging songs around them.
Karmine Alers (Guest Vocalist)
Best known for starring in the Broadway musical hit, RENT, Karmine Alers has had the pleasure of sharing her voice and talents not only on the Great White Way, but also internationally. Her experience ranges from pop entertainment – being signed onto Atlantic Records at the tender age of 18 – to performing musicals in amphitheaters across the nation. Karmine offers her real life experience and passion to you, and is honored to bring Broadway to your doorstep.
Born and raised in New York, Karmine began singing and choreographing with her sisters in their tenement apartment in Manhattan. She attended the High School of Performing Arts which gave her motivation to jump into the audition scene soon after graduating. She immediately was hired to be in a 3-girl pop group, “3RD Party,” and in the wake of the mid-90s dance-pop movement, 3rd Party toured the country and performed on TV shows such as Regis and Kelly, Rupaul, Jenny Jones, and TODAY Show. Karmine’s career as a recording artist continued, as she landed a solo recording contract with UKʼs Beggars Banquet then again as a 3-girl group on A & M Records.
Her career then led her back in the direction she started with and always dreamed of pursing on a professional level – live theater. After several grueling auditions, she landed the national tour of the critically acclaimed rock musical, RENT. Immediately after the tour, Karmine was asked to join the show in New York City and the dream of a lifetime – to be on Broadway – came true.
Karmine stayed with the company for 8 years on and off, while she pursued other roles.
She later played another dream role of hers as Aida in the Elton John/ Tim rice version of “ AIDA”Since then she has gone back in the studio and recorded a solo pop rock album entitled “For You” available on ITUNES and www.airgomusic.com
Karmine stars in a ﬁlm called “ Naked as we Came” .
For more info go to www.Karminealersgreco.com