The beautifully orchestrated and performed song conveys the message of peace, love, compassion and goodwill towards all humankind especially during the Christmas season. Despite differences in race, religion, nationality or personal difference this is a sentiment the song encourages people to carry all year round.
Christmas All Year Long with its soaring orchestrations and powerful vocals is a spine tingling piece with a very hopeful message which Patrice conveys so naturally through her tender caring personality and her amazing vocal range.
It features special guest guitarist Lorin Nicholson, whose superb guitar skills can be easily heard on this track, bringing so much passion to the message. Lorin is a musician and motivational speaker who has also been legally blind his entire life. His chance meeting with Patrice in 2015 has led them both to this stunning song and inspiring message, which closely aligns with their hopes and dreams for the world we live in.
The track is written and produced by Lorin Nicholson’s long-time friend and musical collaborator Randy Kartchner – a US music producer and composer who has worked with greats, Gladys Knight, Curtis Mayfield, Connie Stevens, Debbie Gibson and Marie Osmond, wrote the song with Nashville lyricist Ed Kee.
Randy leaned on Lorin to find the perfect female vocalist to record the song and once Lorin heard Patrice sing at an event in Brisbane he knew she was the voice to put the notes and the meaning to the song. The song has truly brought people from around the world together being recorded in 3 different continents.
Patrice Tipoki is best known for her starring role as Fantine in the recent successful Australian tour of Les Misérables where she also garnered a Helpmann Award nomination for the role. Patrice’s sublime portrayal of the role in Australia led Cameron Mackintosh to cast her in the London production of Les Misérables where she spectacularly made her West End debut earlier this year. She is also part of the international cast having toured Singapore and premiering in Dubai this month.
In addition to her success with Les Misérables, Patrice has achieved many great heights in her career to date. Playing Nala in Disney’s The Lion King was a special and spiritual experience for her as well as playing the role of Elphaba in the Australian production of Wicked.
From her debut role in The King and I when she was 7 years old, Patrice has continuously performed in productions such as Beauty and the Beast, We Will Rock You, West Side Story, and Sweet Charity. She also released her critically acclaimed debut album, A Musical Heart in 2015.
Image: Patrice Tipoki: Christmas All Year Long – photo by Kurt Sneddon