NEW SINGLE "PRAY FOR PEACE" (OUT NOW) AND ALBUM "AND SO IT GOES" (NOVEMBER 4th) FEATURES VARIOUS GUEST STARS INCLUDING RITA WILSON AND CHLOË AGNEW
Multiple Emmy® Award-winning Irish pop tenor Eamonn McCrystal is set to release his tenth studio album, ‘And So It Goes,’ on November 4. Drawing from a voluminous mix of musical styles and influences (Barbara Streisand, Beatles, Beach Boys, Eva Cassidy) this album is a turning point in McCrystal’s catalog and easily his most ambitious and powerful work to date. For this project, he enlisted the vocal help of multi-talented songbirds Rita Wilson, Chloë Agnew (formerly of Celtic Woman) and a stellar backing band including Nick Buda (Dolly Parton, Taylor Swift), Jeff Taylor (Time Jumpers), Larry Paxton (Grand Ole Opry, Vince Gill) and John Deadrick (Allison Krauss, Shawn Colvin). The result is an explosion of talent - insinuating melodies and impeccable arrangements seamlessly integrated with McCrystal’s effortless charisma and sublime interpretive gifts.
Recorded in Nashville, ‘And So It Goes’ was co-produced by McCrystal and Grammy-Award winning studio veteran Casey Wood (Charlie Daniels). Thematically, this project tells the perfect story of a relationship, covering a good deal of musical and emotional ground. Album opener “Stand A Little Rain” encompasses romantic country-pop while his cover of Adele’s “When We Were Young” displays intimate soul. There’s philosophical insight throughout the Billy Joel-penned title track as well as personalized readings of such contemporary standards as Joni Mitchell's "Both Sides Now," Bob Seger's "We've Got Tonight" (performed here as a duet with Agnew), Neil Sedaka's "Breaking Up Is Hard to Do" and Randy Newman's "Feels Like Home."
The album's single and focal point is the poignant “Pray For Peace” (for release October 14th) which features top-notch vocals from Rita Wilson and Chloë Agnew. Co-written by Linda Thompson (Celine Dion, Whitney Houston, Backstreet Boys) and multiple GMA Dove Award winner Bernie Herms, the stirring track is a timely call to action on an emotional and spiritual level. "From the first piano chord and the opening lyric of the verse, I instantly knew this was a special piece of music! That is a sensation that almost never happens," explains McCrystal. "We are at a point in time where this song and its' sentiment needs to be heard more than ever!"
McCrystal asserts that ‘And So It Goes’ is an album that he's wanted to make for a long time. "For years," he explains, "people have approached me and suggested that I should sing a particular song. Over time I kept a list of all that material and even incorporated some of that music into my live shows. For this album we decided to put them all together, add a couple of new ones and the album was born! They are all songs that I love and enjoy singing so it's very exciting that I've finally got them all together in this one project."
Looking ahead, McCrystal and Agnew will embark on a 15-city tour starting December 3 in Los Angeles, CA at the Grammy Museum at LA Live and will crisscross the United States including stops in Santa Fe, Oklahoma City, Nashville and New York City. The internationally renowned powerhouses will perform classic hits from Ireland, Christmas favorites and new, unreleased music for their fans. Following his December tour, McCrystal will finish out the year filming his first starring/lead role for the feature-length Christmas movie, Santa Fake.
2015 was a phenomenal year for McCrystal as he impressively won four Emmy® Awards for the highly touted PBS Special ‘The Music Of Northern Ireland with Eamonn McCrystal.’ The PBS Christmas special "Eamonn McCrystal: The Music of Christmas" airs on PBS beginning in November and playing throughout the 2016 holiday season.
In film, Eamonn McCrystal has appeared alongside Whoopi Goldberg, Patrick Wilson and Ashley Judd in the Adriana Trigiani film “Big Stone Gap” and most recently seen in “God’s Not Dead 2” alongside Melissa Joan Hart, Jesse Metcalfe and Ray Wise as an attorney for the ACLU.
McCrystal has collaborated with an array of artists such as David Foster, Kristin Chenoweth, Nigel Wright (Andrew Lloyd Webber), Randy Travis, Dianne Warren, Guy Roche and Walter Afanasieff.