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Singing Heart (Christmas 2015) Just Released!

Matt first began working with Craig Hella Johnson in San Francisco during his tenure with the men’s a cappella ensemble Chanticleer with whom he recorded two Grammy® Award-winning albums. Since Matt’s debut solo release in 2007, his songs have taken him to stages across the globe from Tchaikovsky Hall to Lincoln Center. In 2015 Matt was appointed by The U.S. State Department as musical ambassador to Russia, Hungary, Kosovo and again to Sudan, Africa to work with young artists studying recording arts & broadcast journalism. Matt is actively involved with young artists as co-performer & mentor including ongoing projects with Toronto, Ontario’s famed El Sistema program & Portland, Oregon’s first LGBTQ youth chorus, Bridging Voices. Between tours, Matt also works behind the lens producing music films & documentary. His music and films can be found at mattalber.com. Matt also appears on three Conspirare albums: Sing Freedom, Something Beautiful and, most recently, Considering Matthew Shepard. When this 2015 Conspirare Christmas CD was released, Matt was touring his 4th studio album Wind Sand Stars.

With Featured Artist Matt Alber

Recorded live December 2015 at The Carillon on Exposition, Austin, TX

Thomas Burritt, Percussion
Additional piano / vocal performances by Craig Hella Johnson. Arrangements not otherwise noted are by Craig Hella Johnson.


  1. Children of the Heavenly Father (Tradtional Swedish Tune)
  2. Calling My Children Home (Doyle Lawson, Charles Waller, Robert Yates, arr. Joseph H. Jennings / George Fredrick Root)
  3. Veni Emmanuel (arr. Craig Hella Johnson)
  4. Lauliku Lapsepõli (Veljo Tormis)
  5. The Circle Game (Joni Mitchell)
  6. Strife (Matthew Heafy, Paolo Gregoletto, David Michael Draiman, Corey Beaulieu)
  7. Hurting Each Other (Gary Geld)
  8. Soon Ah Will Be Done (Traditional, arr. William L. Dawson)
  9. As the Deer Longs (Martin J. Nystrom)
  10. Hartauden Ektenia (Einojuhani Rautavaara)
  11. Take It Down (John Hiatt)
  12. Beauty Will Rise (Steven Curtis Chapman)
  13. Down in the River / Take Me to the River (arr. Craig Hella Johnson / Al Green, Mabon Hodges)
  14. Come (Rumi Chant, arr. Craig Hella Johnson)
  15. The Singing Heart (Bob Chilcott)
  16. Make You Feel My Love (Bob Dylan)
  17. Love Came Down At Christmas (arr. Craig Hella Johnson)
  18. The Wood Song (Emily Saliers)
  19. Glory (Che Smith, John Stephens, Lonnie Rashid Lynn, Jr.; arr. Mark Brymer)
  20. Black Or White / Freedom 90 (Michael Jackson / George Michael)
  21. Balulalow (Benjamin Britten)
  22. Sweet Little Jesus Boy (Robert MacGimsey)
  23. It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas (Meredith Willson, arr. Willis Diekema)
  24. Gotta Be Good (Chris Isaak)
  25. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas (Ralph Blane, Hugh Martin)
  26. You Are So Beautiful (Bruce Carleton Fisher, Billy Preston)
  27. Not One Sparrow Is Forgotten (Shaker Hymn, arr. David William Hawley, Warland)
  28. We Clasp the Hands (Craig Hella Johnson)
  29. I Could Have Danced All Night (Frederick Loewe, arr. Craig Hella Johnson)