Richie McDonald - If Every Day Could Be
Album review by: Cheryl Harvey Hill
gift that makes a difference…
Most of us have barely digested
our Thanksgiving turkey but Richie McDonald, former lead
singer of Lonestar, is already feeling the Christmas
spirit. For every copy of his If Everyday Could Be Christmas
album purchased via the Fan
Clubhouse Store, $5.00 will go directly to the Loretta
Johnson Medical Fund.
Loretta is one third of
Nashville’s most beloved trio; Loudilla, Loretta and Kay
Johnson. The sisters are the founders and co-presidents of the
International Fan Club Organization (IFCO), the only
fan club monitoring organization in the world. They have been the
dedicated voice of the fans, and the artists, for more than forty
years. Loretta, and her wonderfully sweet and kind sisters, have
been giving to others throughout their lives and now the tables
have turned. Loretta's long battle with cancer has depleted their
insurance and nearly all of their other resources. They have
reached a place where they need to be on the receiving end of the
kindness and compassion they have shown to others all these years
and McDonald is making it so easy for YOU to help. This album
is the perfect stocking stuffer for everyone on your Christmas
list and if you purchase it from the link below, you'll be giving
an extra gift to someone who really needs it.
McDonald, who was honored in
2002 with the BMI Songwriter of the Year Award for "I'm
Already There," and contributed on many of Lonestar's
biggest hits, has put his own stamp on a few Christmas classics
and four new songs on which he co-wrote. Although he did not write
the title cut, there will be no doubt in your mind when you hear
it, that he was feeling the Christmas spirit when the song was
recorded and in keeping with holiday traditions which focus on
family and home, Rhett, Mollie and Maise, McDonald's three
children, appropriately lend their singing talents, and delightful
laughter, to the CD on "Why Santa's Fat."
"not sugar plums and
oreos or none of that
santa’s just so full of love
and that’s why santa’s fat."
The laughter, alone, of the
children on this track is guaranteed to lift your spirits and get
you in a holiday mood.
"Coming Home For
Christmas," co-written with Victoria Shaw and Jim Brickman,
is lyrically compelling and passionately delivered and
"Christmas Lights," co-written with Ron Harbin, is
another cut with captivating lyrics and a fluid melody. The fourth
song that McDonald co-wrote on is the final cut, "Miracles
Happen;" co-written with Gary Baker and Christian author
Karen Kingsbury. This cut will be featured in her upcoming movie,
Gideon's Gift. All four of the songs McDonald had a hand in
writing, possess all the right ingredients that could easily
garner them a spot on the list of Christmas classics and the album
also includes the existing classics of "White
Christmas," "Most Wonderful Time of the Year," and
"The Christmas Song."
So, there you have it. It's a
win/win situation. You can add a wonderful album, eleven songs in
all, to your Christmas collection and if you purchase it from the
Fan Clubhouse store, that warm, fuzzy feeling won't be
just because you are listening to truly great music. Nope, it will
come from knowing that you were able to help someone who truly
needs, and deserves, your help.
If you do not want a portion of
your purchase to go to the Loretta Johnson Medical Fund,
If Everyday Could be Christmas can be purchased
directly from McDonald's website.
By the way, if you are feeling
extra generous, you can make a donation without making a purchase
or you can check out the IFCO auction. The sisters are
auctioning off many of their accumulated country music treasures
to help raise money for Loretta's medical bills and, believe me,
over the past forty years, they have collected some real trophies.
That about does it; life surely would be good If
Everyday Could Be Christmas.
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