Amazon Carols by Kindlelight, Abbey Road Studios, London, 4th of December 2014Award-winning and Multi-Platinum singer-songwriter Annie Lennox led a line-up of international performers, including Alfie Boe, Imelda May and Laura Wright.

Amazon customers were invited to attend the exclusive concert and sing along by e-reading carols from Kindle Paperwhite, illuminating Abbey Road Studios like never before. Amazon Prime Instant Video will release Abbey Road Carols by Kindlelight Concert at 7.00pm on 12 December for on demand enjoyment.

I was lucky to have been an invited member of the audience last night, and witnessed this worlds first event at one of the most prestigious music venues in the world.

Laura Wright opened last night’s show with ‘Hallelujah’, followed by Annie Lennox taking to the stage to lead the choir in ‘See Amid The Winter’s Snow’ taken from her Christmas album A Christmas Cornucopia and ‘God Bless The Child’ from her latest album Nostalgia. Other popular Christmas hits included ‘Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas’, ‘Step Into Christmas’ and ‘Let It Go’ from the smash-hit movie Frozen.

The concert was closed by a rousing rendition of ‘Baby Please Come Home’ by Imelda May. See below for the set-list in full.

Also appearing last night were concert host Steve Jones (US X Factor, T4, Let’s Dance for Comic Relief) and MyAnna Buring from Amazon’s Ripper Street, reading passages written by students from East London Arts & Music (ELAM), a new industry academy for 16-19 year olds.

Amazon Carols by Kindlelight, Abbey Road Studios, London, 4th of December 2014“I had a fantastic time taking part in the Carols by Kindlelight concert at Abbey Road studios,” said Annie Lennox. “It’s always such a special experience to perform there as the building is so resonant with British recording history, so I’m sure that the magic of the evening will be transported beautifully to a global audience.”

Customers selected to attend the event received a Kindle Paperwhite to e-read carols during the concert and then take home after the event. Using the Paperwhite display, the 200 audience members illuminated Abbey Road Studios in a way never seen before. Kindle Paperwhite used by the artists have been donated to East London Arts & Music (ELAM).

Carols by Kindlelight will be made available exclusively for Amazon’s millions of Prime members through Prime Instant Video at 7.00pm on Friday, December 12.
To find out more about the event and featured artists, visit www.amazon.co.uk/carolsbykindlelight.

Artist Carol / Reading
Laura Wright Hallelujah
Annie Lennox See Amid The Winter’s Snow
Annie Lennox God Bless The Child
Alfie Boe Hark! the Herald Angels Sing
MyAnna Buring Reading – So Here It Is
VOCES8 Ding Dong Merrily on High
Sol3 Mio Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
Alfie Boe Step Into Christmas
MyAnna Buring Reading – What Christmas Means To Me
Voces8 Jingle Bells
Laura Wright Let It Go
Sol3 Mio Silent Night
Imelda May Baby Please Come Home

Amazon Prime offers members unlimited One-Day Delivery on over 7 million items, access to 500,000 Kindle books to borrow and unlimited streaming of more than 15,000 popular movies and TV episodes through Prime Instant Video. Prime is available at the low price of £79 a year here

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iTunes Q&A Hosted by Facebook

Annie Lennox itunes Q And AAnnie Lennox has just completed an interesting online Q&A on the iTunes Facebook page. You can view the page here, but it’s quite hard to read all the questions, so to make it easier, here’s what Annie said.

 

iTunes As a body of work, what does the album title ‘Nostalgia’ signify?

AL It is mainly connected to fact that Nostalgia is comprised of 12 classic songs from the great American songbook and many of which were written in 1930s and so the album in a sense has a reflective nature while at the same time, I feel, has a contemporary feel.


FB When did the idea of doing a standards album come to you?

AL years ago while i was rehearsing with Herbie Hancock and his band for a UNAIDS concert held in Washington DC. It occurred to me that I was quite enjoying extemporizing with some stalwart jazz musicians. The idea hung around for a while and then the notion occurred to me that it might be very interesting to step outside of my comfort zone and in the genre of jazz. But it wasn’t until the summer of last year that i started to pursue it seriously.


FB What does it mean to you that this album is being released on the iconic Blue Note Records label here in the US?

AL It means a great deal to me to release Nostalgia under the banner of Blue Note Records. The company is celebrating its 75th anniversary and I’m proud to be part the stable.


FB As a songwriter, what excites you about interpreting another writer’s songs?

AL I suppose that, in a way, it’s somewhat feels like opening a beautifully wrapped gift at Christmas time knowing that the contents are going to be at least doubly exciting.


FB Since you grew up in Scotland, when did you first become aware about the lynchings of black Americans in the U.S. south?

AL Each one of us is born in a particular place in a particular circumstance within a particular culture. it takes time to get to know to get to know one’s global neighbours and what’s happening in the rest of the world. History books, documentary films, tv and radio programs are all great transporters of information. so it didn’t take too long for me to discover many things that i didn’t personally experience.


FB It’s great to see another vinyl release of your album Annie, have you yourself still got a record player, and have you listened back to Nostalgia on vinyl too?

AL Yes to both questions. And I had the pleasure to listen of the first press of Nostalgia on Don Was’ system at the Capitol Records building and it sounded fantastic!


FB Your voice has changed over the decades and has become stronger and stronger. Do you think you could have created an album such as this within your early solo years?

AL I could have but it didn’t occur to me at that time. I think that the time for Nostalgia for me is here and now.


FB You seem to have such a hectic schedule, especially at the moment. How do you unwind and relax at the end of it all? Xxx

AL Sleep. Sleep. Sleep. Sleep. Sleep.


FB Which feminists do you most closely align yourself with and why?

AL I have the greatest admiration for Eve Ensler who wrote the Vagina Monologues and the annual event A Billion Rising. Eve is exemplary and inspirational to everyone who meets her and i hold her in the highest esteem.


FB You mentioned in an interview with The Huffington Post that Tracy Chapman amongst others at the Amnesty International Human Rights tour in the 80’s inspired you to go into activism.

AL Yes it’s true that I was very inspired by the Amnesty International tour and would have loved to take part it in at the time if I had been able to. Tracy Chapman’s song “Fast Car” came out like a lightning flash out of the blue touching every listener who heard it in a particular way. Songs like that resonate for years.


FB What was the most difficult song for you to interpret on the album?

AL The most challenging song in technical terms was really “I Cover The Waterfront” as the keyboard part is incredibly subtle and complex


FB Annie, One of the things I love about you is that you speak your mind – I always appreciate that. How do you balance your desire to express your views with concerns about how it might impact your career? Love and respect, David Kessler

AL I don’t think of myself in terms of “career” necessarily. I simply try to be authentic in how i respond to things.


FB Hello, Annie! Can you say a little bit on the cover art and art work concept for Nostalgia?

AL The photograph was taken by a wonderful Los Angeles based photography Robert Sebree and I had a photo session with him in Spring of this year. THe photograph on the cover was the very first portrait he took of me and it went on from there.


FB Annie, you’re music gets me through some tough times. Broken Glass really lifts me up through the rough times, and I thank you. Has music gotten you through your turbulences in life and if so, what’s a song that you recommend that truly pulls at your heart strings?

AL Music is a soothing balm for people who are challenged by difficult circumstances very often. And of course like everyone else I have been touched by the work of so many extraordinary writers and performers. Classic Stevie Wonder songs will always be uplifting and Bob Marley stirs the heart and soul. Just to name two…


iTunes Thanks for joining us Annie Lennox. We can’t wait to see you on The View this Friday!

AL Thank you so much everybody for your great questions. Sorry i couldn’t answer more. Love and best wishes from A.L.