Bermuda Christmas Collection Artist Showcase

The Bermuda Christmas Collection Press

Original Release: December, 1993

RG Magazine: Bermuda

Excerpt from Full Page Article Review - by Roger Crombie

The idea of an all-Bermudian all-star CD project was first mentioned to Leland Hicks in 1990. The irregularity of his visits to the island, combined with the complicated schedules of the two dozen local artists who wanted to play on the collection, made the prospect unlikely to mature beyond the status of a pipe dream.  All of which makes the appearance of the Bermuda Christmas Collection featuring June Ventzos (formerly with CBS Records) something of a seasonal miracle.

It is by no means traditional Christmas fare, which usually means cheesy renditions of tired standards.  The Collection is nothing less than a recreation of the concept of the Christmas album and a celebration of a Bermudian talent and possibilities.

The Bermuda Christmas Collection Project

The Bermuda Christmas Collection, a Bermudian Compilation, was the first CD compilation placed into the Bermuda Time Capsule:

  • June Ventzos - Lead & Background Vocals, Vocal A rrangements, Writer
  • Clive Francis - Lead & Background Vocals, Vocal Arrangements, Writer
  • Dieter "King Kobra" Friehe - Dance Hall Vocals, Writer, Co-Vocal Arrangements
  • Zahra "Digit" Jabbar - Rap Vocals, Writer - Co Vocal Arrangements
  • Carrol-Ann Williams - Lead & Background Vocals
  • Terry Thompson - Lead Vocals
  • Charles Taylor - Lead Vocals
  • Shelia Smith - Background Vocals
  • Gene Steed - Lead and Background Vocals
  • Delletta Gillespie - Background Vocals
  • Andrew Morrison -  Piano Arrangements
  • James Richardson - Piano
  • Shine Hayward - Soprano Sax Solo - Hark the Herald Angels Sing
  • Winston DeGraff - Trumpet Solo - Christmas Song
  • Al Davis - Tenor Sax - I'll be Home for Christmas
  • Ghandi Burgess - Trombone - I'll be Home for Christmas
  • Hartford Connecticut Choir - Hark the Herald Angels Sing
  • Executive Producers - June Ventzos, Laidlaw Frasier-Smith, Leland Hicks
  • Leland Hicks - Producer - Writer - Programming - Engineer - Arranger - All other Instruments

 

Leland's role

  • Guitar
  • Keys
  • Bass
  • Percussion
  • Drum Programming
  • Synth Programming
  • Track Arrangements
  • Writer
  • Engineer
  • Producer
  • Arranger
  • Mastering Engineer