Dr. Brent Runnels, senior lecturer in music, is the featured pianist on the new album “In the Spirit: A Celebration of the Holidays” out this month. The new release features the vocals of John Driskell Hopkins of the Grammy Award-winning Zac Brown Band, together with the Atlanta Pops Orchestra and special guests. The Indigo Girls help to light up the classic “Do You Hear What I Hear?,” bluegrass trailblazers Balsam Range bring the Appalachian mountains into view on “What Child Is This?,” and Laura Bell Bundy and Hopkins take “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” for a new spin.
Dr. Runnels also plays piano with the Atlanta Pops Orchestra, which recently celebrated its 70th anniversary at Oglethorpe University in a two-night gala concert event that also commemorated Oglethorpe’s 100 Years on Peachtree.
Digital album download available for purchase through iTunes and Amazon.com on November 13. The CD is available for purchase through John Driskell Hopkins’ website or the Atlanta Pops Orchestra on November 13.