Damien Sneed, the multi-talented composer, conductor, musician, and vocalist will hit the road in December for a seven-date tour Joy to the World: A Christmas Musical Journey. Presented by IMG Artists, Sneed will perform on keyboards and vocals with a group of singers and musicians as they render Sneed’s unique arrangements of familiar Christmas carols, original holiday tunes, classical favorites, folk songs, spirituals, and more.
“I believe the holidays are a time where people focus more on family. They focus on others, giving to others and they focus on what matters,” says Sneed, who first performed a similar program of holiday music in 2019 at the historic Apollo Theater in New York City, and one at the Sixth & I Synagogue in Washington, DC. Music from that program was recorded and released on December 6, 2020, as the four-track EP titled, Joy To The World on LeChateau Earl Records.
Joining Sneed on tour will be the phenomenal vocalists Alicia Peters-Jordan, Linny Smith, Markita Knight, and Chenee Campbell, all of whom have performed with Sneed in the past. The band will feature Alfred Rutherford on Hammond B3 organ and keys, Ronald “CJ” Alexander on bass guitar, Joel Tate on drums, and Gabriel Michael Carter on aux keys.
The concert will include music from the four-track EP including “Joy To The World,” “What Christmas Really Means,” “A Child Is Born,” and “Adore Him Medley” and much more. Fans can look forward to renditions of “Silent Night,” “This Christmas,” “The Christmas Song,” and “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel” during these inspired performances.
This will be Sneed’s first tour since the pandemic. “For me, this will be a very interesting tour because I haven’t toured in almost two years,” he says. “And last year, I lost a lot of relatives. But what I’m here for, on the earth, is to bring people joy, administer love, and bring people together in unity through the gift of music, through the universal language of music.”
The Joy to the World: A Christmas Musical Journey tour dates include The Alden Theatre at McLean Community Center, McLean, VA (Wednesday, December 1); Cal Performances, Zellerbach Hall, Berkeley, CA (Friday, December 3); Mondavi Center, Davis, CA (Saturday, December 4); Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center, Livermore, CA (Sunday, December 5); Montalvo Arts Center, Saratoga, CA (Wednesday, December 8); Green Music Center at the Sonoma State University Center for Performing Arts, Rohnert Park, CA (Thursday, December 9); and Carpenter Performing Arts Center at California State University Long Beach, Long Beach, CA (Sunday, December 12).