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Christmas Music Playlists with Aled Jones Songs
Keep Up With The Jones This Christmas
Factfile - Aled Jones
- Aled Jones was 14 in 1985 when he recorded Walking In The Air.
- Peter Auty's recording of Walking In The Air featured on Channel 4's animated film of the Raymond Briggs children's picture book The Snowman.
- In 1985 Jones recorded Every Christmas Eve for Santa Clause: The Movie.
- Jones was one of 2 soloist's who performed at the Royal College of Music for Carols for Christmas in 1985.
- On stage, Aled played the character of Bob Wallace in White Christmas.
- In 2004 Jones recorded The Christmas Album.
- Jones collaborated with Terry Wogan on Little Drummer Boy (2008) and Silver Bells (2009) for the Children In Need charity.
- Aled's Christmas Gift was released with his book Favourite Christmas Carols in 2010.
Welshman Aled Jones has had long, varied and very successful career that has taken him from the Christmas music charts to radio presenting and more recently to hosting daytime television shows. He was 14 in 1985 when he recorded, what was to become a perennial Christmas standard and his calling card, 'Walking In The Air'. The song was originally featured on Channel 4's 1982 animated short 'The Snowman' with vocals by another chorister Peter Auty. Although this original version was released as a single on several occasions it was the Aled Jones version that rose to prominence, made the choirboy a star and began a lifelong association with the season. Jones was to record the song again over 2 decades later for his best of album called 'You Raise Me Up' but it is his version from 1985 that endures. The huge success of 'Walking In The Air' led to many other job offers for the teenager with the most notable one coming from the producers of 'Santa Clause: The Movie'. It was 1985 and Jones recorded 'Every Christmas Eve' with the National Philharmonic Orchestra which was composed by Henry Mancini. Jones’ vocals were a little restrained in this lovely composition but they still add to what is a joyful few minutes. The very same year Jones was one of 2 soloist’s (the other being Gerald Finley) who performed at the Royal College of Music for the CD/DVD presentation called 'Carols for Christmas'.
As Jones' voice broke he successfully changed tact and took to the stage where amongst other things played the character of Bob Wallace in the theatre production of 'White Christmas'. He also released several albums as an adult with his rich baritone replacing the choirboy voice of yore. It is his 2004 album 'The Christmas Album' that is of most interest to us. The album boasted 16 songs in total with most having their origins as carols which gave the album a particularly traditional feel. Like everything that came before it all of the songs were religious in nature which was also in keeping with his day job as presenter of the BBC programme ‘Songs of Praise’. With Jones stock rising within TV circles he recorded 2 Christmas songs, 'Little Drummer Boy' and 'Silver Bells', in 2008 and 2009 with BBC personality Terry Wogan which enjoyed chart success at home in the UK. Both were released for the Children In Need charity and were fine efforts that really pulled at the heartstrings without coming across as mawkish.
Jones’ third Christmas LP 'Aled's Christmas Gift' came out in 2010 and was released in parallel with a book he had put together called 'Favourite Christmas Carols'. This time there was some secular songs but they were of a decidedly respectful nature such as ‘In The Bleak Midwinter’ and the softly done but light-hearted duet with Terry Wogan. 'Aled's Christmas Gift' made for a terrific album and showed that Aled Jones wasn’t going to let growing up get in the way of making great Christmas music.
The people far below are sleeping as we fly
Howard Blake, Walking in the Air
I'm holding very tight
I'm riding in the midnight blue
I'm finding I can fly
so high above with you...
Aled Jones Christmas Album & Single Covers