FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 16th, 2019
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SYMPHONY NORTH RELEASES DEBUT, THE BELL RINGER—A HOLIDAY ROCK OPERA—FEATURING FORMER MEMBERS OF TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA, AND CURRENT MEMBERS OF DREAM THEATER
SEATTLE, Washington (September 16, 2019) On October 11th, 2019, progressive rock band Symphony North will release its debut album: The Bell Ringer—a holiday rock opera that features former recording and/or touring members of Trans-Siberian Orchestra (TSO), as well as current members of the Grammy-nominated band Dream Theater. The album relates a story—told across 24 songs—that builds on the ideas of selflessness and self-worth. A portion of album proceeds will be donated to the Toys for Tots Literacy Program. The Bell Ringer was engineered by Casey Bates (Portugal the Man), and will be available through all major streaming and download providers.
The Bell Ringer composer and producer, Peter Orullian, is a published novelist (Tor Books), and former front man for both Heir Apparent and Fifth Angel. With a lifelong love of the Holidays, Orullian began in 1987 to conceive a record that would combine his three passions—storytelling, symphonic rock, and Christmas. “While I wanted to write songs that stood on their own,” says Orullian, “I also wanted the album to have a real narrative arc, start to finish, with characters we could relate to and cheer for as they change, grow and learn that the best gift is the gift of self.” Years later, in a chance meeting, he received words of personal encouragement from Paul O’Neill—the late founder and composer of the multi-platinum-selling Trans-Siberian Orchestra—who told Orullian the world needs more Christmas stories and Christmas music, and encouraged him to get his record done.
Featured artists on The Bell Ringer include former recording and/or touring members of TSO: Tim Hockenberry (also an America’s Got Talent semi-finalist), Michael Lanning, Jody Ashworth, and Valerie Vigoda. In addition, The Bell Ringer also features members of the Grammy-nominated and #1 Billboard-charting band Dream Theater: vocalist James Labrie, and keyboardist Jordan Rudess (voted by Radar Music Magazine as the Best Keyboardist of All Time).
A series of videos is planned around a number of songs from The Bell Ringer. Here is the first, enjoy!
More information regarding The Bell Ringer will be announced soon.
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