Friday, November 6, Italian singer Giada Valenti releases a single with the song What Child Is This. The beautiful Christmas song is recorded with an unplugged style, with guitar and violin. It is produced by Paul Umbach, who also worked with artists like Britney, ‘NSYNC, Backstreet Boys. The violin solo on the track is played by Volkan Canbolat.
Giada Valenti about her experience recording this song: “I love Christmas time and I love to sing all those songs that bring so much joy to all of us. But What Child Is This is one of the few songs that every Holiday season reminds me of what Christmas is all about. It touches my heart every time I sing it, thinking about hope, that hope we all have at Christmas time that things will get better. It was great to work together with two amazing and talented friends. Like Paul Umbach, a veteran record-producer and one of the most talented musicians. And Volkan Canbolat, a young immigrant like me with big dreams who always creates love vibes with his violin. What Child Is This is my first Christmas recording and loved every second of it.”
The Christmas carol “What Child Is This” lyrics were written by William Chatterton Dix, in 1865. At the time of composing the carol, Dix worked as an insurance company manager and had been struck by a severe illness. While recovering, he underwent a spiritual renewal that led him to write several hymns, including lyrics to this carol that was subsequently set to the tune of “Greenleeves”, a traditional English folk song. Although it was written in Great Britain, the carol is more popular in the United States than in its country of origin today.
To listen or download the track visit: https://giadavalenti.com/epk-1
ABOUT GIADA VALENTI
Singer and songwriter Giada Valenti was born and raised in Venice, Italy. In the United States, she is most known for her stunning music special “From Venice With Love”, which aired on PBS television.
But her career started in Europe where she was signed as a young singer with record label Sony BMG and had hits climb directly to the top of the charts. When in 2005 a major record label in New York showed serious interest in her special voice and her romantic music she moved to the United States.
For the past fifteen years Giada, currently a resident of Las Vegas, has released her CDs “And I Love You So”, “Italian Signorina” and “My Lullaby”, “From Venice With Love”, garnering rave reviews. She has been featured on the morning shows of ABC, CBS, FOX, and NBC. She performed for 8 years straight on the Red Carpet of the Columbus Day Parade in New York City. She is a 12 times Grant recipient of the Sergio Franchi Music Foundation.
The airings of her PBS special made is possible for her to do concerts in Performing Arts Centers and Theaters all around the country. In November 2017 she made her debut as a headliner in Las Vegas with a concert at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts. In October 2018 she made her debut at Carnegie Hall in New York City, where she returned by popular demand in 2019. Another career highlight was being asked in 2019 by Andrea Bocelli to sing with him at a concert benefitting his Foundation.
To stay in contact with her fans during COVID19, she started in March a live streaming video series on Facebook and YouTube, entitled Giada Live. This live streaming videohas become almost a television show with celebrity interviews, cooking demos, stories about Italy, and of course singing. In September she celebrated her 150th episode.
Giada is very passionate about food. She is a longtime member of the Accademia Italiana della Cucina, a by the Italian government recognized cultural organization that checks out Italian restaurants around the World.
ABOUT PAUL UMBACH
Artist, , and Multi-platinum producer Paul Umbach has been involved with some of the biggest stars in pop music. After establishing himself as a sought-after producer/engineer in New York, Paul took a gig in 1998 in the Pop A&R dept of JIVE Records as a staff producer/writer. His “3rd Floor” studio saw the likes of Britney, ‘NSYNC, Backstreet Boys, and the top songwriters and producers from around the world. While at the hit making machine, his songwriting and production began to spread throughout the music industry, helping artists pen deals to Interscope, Sanctuary, Geffen and scores of indie labels.
ABOUT VOLKAN CANBOLAT
Volkan Canbolat hails from Izmir, Turkey, where he began his violin studies at the age of ten at the Dokuz Eylul State Music Conservatory, continuing his studies at the Conservatory until his graduation in 2011. Volkan Canbolat holds Masters and Doctorate degrees from the University of Minnesota School of Music.
Dr. Canbolat’s concert performances have taken him around the world, from his native Turkey to Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France, Pakistan, Israel, Italy, Portugal, and the United States. His worldwide performances have included solo recitals, chamber music performances, and appearances as a soloist with orchestras.