I’m so excited to share this video! Produced by Ewen Clarke of Ringtail Films, and filmed on location at Noel Festival in Calgary Alberta Canada, this video features the whole family!
Thanks for watching! Sophie xo
VIOLINIST SOPHIE ARMSTRONG RELEASES CHRISTMAS ALBUM AHEAD OF THE HOLIDAY SEASON
‘Christmas Classics’ presents a stunning compilation of instrumental holiday songs featuring Toronto-based harpist Chantal Dubé
CALGARY (December 3, 2019) – World renowned musical artist Sophie Armstrong has released her latest album, ‘Christmas Classics’, to the delight of fans. Her Christmas album, which officially drops today, includes a collection of traditional holiday music, such as ‘Auld Lang Syne’ and a fusion of several up-tempo songs for fans to enjoy during the holiday season.
Sophie Armstrong, formerly known as Sophie Serafino, has recently returned to the international music scene with the October release of her single, ‘Unvanquished’. She has been charming audiences around the world for close to a decade and has earned a name for herself in the music industry through her lively musical compositions and dynamic performance style. Sophie is now adding a Christmas album to her extensive musical repertoire.
“I’m absolutely thrilled to share my latest Christmas album with fans old and new,” says Armstrong. “Great music is timeless. This album is a collection of music that is close to my heart and I want to share that music with my fans in-time for the holiday season.”
With a love for instrumental Christmas music, Sophie wanted to create a holiday album full of her all-time favourite songs. Sophie began the creative process of producing and recording her Christmas album in both Calgary and Toronto. The album features notable Toronto-based harpist, Chantal Dubé. Dubé has appeared on Drake’s album ‘Views’.
“It has been an absolute pleasure to collaborate with Sophie on creating this album,” says Dubé. ““I’ve never heard the violin performed so smoothly and effortlessly, creating the perfect tone and harmony to compliment the harp. Sophie has an incredible ear for music and this album shows off our ability to collaborate in a way that showcases both of our instruments.”
As part of the official launch of her ‘Christmas Classics’ album, Sophie is embarking on a special holiday tour to perform at several holiday venues throughout Calgary. Fans can expect to see Sophie perform at Market Collective on Dec. 14, the Calgary International Airport on Dec. 18, and the CORE Christmas lighting on Dec. 21. You can see some of Sophie’s past performances here.
You guys! It’s been SUCH a whirlwind few weeks. I’m so excited to share finally, a preview of a BRAND NEW CHRISTMAS ALBUM! Recorded with Toronto based Harpist Chantal Dube (known for her work with Drake) we recorded in two different cities (when I was 8 months pregnant and couldn’t travel!) to create this beautiful serene instrumental Christmas album with all your favourite Christmas Carols! Out NOW for pre-order: https://music.apple.com/ca/album/christmas-classics/1485104910
Coming up, you may see Chantal with me on some of my appearances for this Christmas album- stay tuned! Here is an introduction to Chantal, and please check out her website and her amazing team of musicians out in Toronto! http://chantaldube.com/
Chantal began her musical journey when she was just four years old under her mother’s expert tutelage. Her mother, who owned and operated a piano studio, remained a constant inspiration in Chantal’s life as she explored her passion for music and ultimately, the harp.
In 1992 Chantal attended the Royal Conservatory Summer School of Music at Ridley College, which was sponsored by the Niagara Symphony. Here she began her enduring relationship with the harp and she continued to take lessons with the Niagara Symphony’s Principal Harpist, Doris Scharing.
As Chantal advanced her harp-playing techniques, she initiated studies with the Principal Harpist from the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Suzanne Thomas.
In 2006 Chantal and violinist Cheryl Hodgson recorded a Christian album entitled “Unto His Name”, a collection of spiritual songs interwoven with some well known classical pieces. After many requests for a solo album, in 2008 Chantal recorded her third album entitled “Still Moments”, a collection of hymns that have helped her through her spiritual journeys. Chantal also recorded a solo harp Christmas album titled “Heavenly Peace” which debuted on 100 Huntley Street Dec 7, 2012. You can purchase her latest albums on iTunes or email her at email@example.com to purchase the CD.
Since 1996 Chantal has been sharing her musical prowess with others through performances at occasions such as weddings, banquets, funerals and cooperate events. Her repertoire is very current including songs from the Top 40 charts and consists of many genres of music to please the varied tastes of her audiences. Chantal performs for over 50 events a year, with her years of experience in the wedding industry she comes highly recommended by Toronto’s top wedding vendors and venues.
Most recently Chantal was contacted by Drake’s producers to record for Drake’s album VIEWS. She received credits for her work on Drake’s album VIEWS which was released in April 2016. The harp can be heard on the tracks titled: Keep the Family Close, U With Me & Child’s Play.
In her spare time, Chantal enjoys volunteering at the Credit Valley Hospital playing in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) for the premature babies. The harp has been scientifically proven to benefit preemies. This is a unique way that Chantal is able to give back to her community.
“Chantal’s harp music brings a wonderful calming effect. The music creates a soothing environment for the infants, moms, and dads. It gives family members a moment to pause in an environment that can be very stressful and make families very anxious.” ~ Nancy Frank Patient and Care Manager, NICU.
Sophie’s video Unvanquished is OUT TODAY! We’re so excited to share this with you, all the way from beautiful Scotland! Check out video director Ewen Clarke’s notes about the video below. Ewen is an award winning producer and film maker, we are so lucky to be working with him!
Sophie’s new single Unvanquished is out today! This pop Celtic track, a new direction in Sophie’s world music/world-beat style, celebrates Sophie’s Scottish heritage with this dramatic Celtic folk music inspired track, co-written with and produced by Rob Wells. Music Video coming soon!
Cover photography by Ivan Otis: