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Jenny Burton: “I Live the Joy”

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November 19 - November 25, 2019

I Live the Joy


Julia Wade and Friends - A Christmas Album

Performed by Jenny Burton
Music and Lyrics by Peter Link
Produced and Orchestrated by Peter Link

Listen to the Music!

I Live the Joy is a gentle, warm reminiscence of the joy of the holiday season from the newly released Julia Wade and Friends – A Christmas Album, sung by guest artist Jenny Burton. Here are composer, lyricist, and producer Peter Link’s thoughts on this song:

“I’ve always wanted to create a Christmas Album. I’ve written a few Christmas songs in my life — up until a couple of months ago, actually two. I have always kept a stock of favorite Christmas CDs – a Barbara Streisand one, a James Taylor one, a Bebe Winans one – that sort of thing.

“So this past June 1st I decided to take the dive and I’ve been living Christmas every day since. Not a bad idea at all considering that Christmas has always been my favorite time of year.

“I wrote some new songs and rearranged some classics and decided to go with the idea of Julia Wade and Friends as the title. We then asked Rebecca Minor and Jenny Burton, two other Watchfire Music artists, to join us on the album. Three distinctly different, but wonderful artists and three truly singin’ ladies and one guy with a lot of memories and an imagination.

“I’ve always been Jenny Burton’s biggest fan. She’s a gifted vocalist that I’ve worked with now for nearly 40 years. Originally blessed with a powerful alto voice and an amazing soprano belt, I was first struck by her deep sense of improvisation and musicality when she approached a song.

“Over the years I’ve watched her conquer many different vocal styles ranging from Gospel to R&B to a gifted interpreter of standards, and even Broadway. I knew she’d handle Christmas music just fine as well, but then, once again, she went beyond my expectations. Yup, she does it again on this song, I Live The Joy. I am a most fortunate composer to have had this woman sing my songs over the years.” ~Peter Link

About the Artist

Jenny Burton is an amazing Gospel vocalist whose career has spanned several decades. She has sung all over the world both as a solo performer and with The Jenny Burton Experience.

Produced almost exclusively by Peter Link, she has had a long and varied career as both a Dance Music/R&B artist and a Gospel artist. A consummate performer, Ms Burton has thrilled and inspired audiences around the world with her inimitable style of tear down the house energy and commitment.

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"A glorious explosion of sound that embraces everyone in a "Hallelujah" of harmonies ... A roller-coaster ride through R&B, pop and gospel." -Wayman Wong, New York Daily News

"How lucky to come across the beautifully sung Jenny Burton Experience. A superslick, pop-gospely entertainment, the Experience stars the sleek but fiery Burton. The nine-voice choir behind her is so pristine it sounds like it's been remixed and mastered in advance." -Michael Musto, The Village Voice

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2 thoughts on “Jenny Burton: “I Live the Joy”

  1. I looked so forward to singing & recording this song the moment I heard it. In the weeks before my recording session, it stayed with me, like a wonderful new friend.
    I’m very proud to be a part of this project! I hope it will bring the joy, comfort, and its message of the true core of what Christmas means and is to everyone who listen to, “Julia Wade and Friends”!

  2. It is nothing short of an honor and a pleasure to get to work with Jenny Burton whenever the opportunity arises. And this album was particularly exciting to work on with her! Rarely do we sing together in ensemble fashion. However, on this recording, not only did Jenny give us her glorious performance of Peter Link’s beautiful new Christmas song, “I Live The Joy,” but we sang together in a magical waltz-trio and a very sweet, storytelling quartet! Collaborating, melding and blending with Jenny’s singing was a rare and lovely treat that I will always treasure!

    If I were to tell you all that I feel about Jenny’s artistry and talent and wisdom, I would simply be re-writing my blog article on her. So, instead, here is a quick quote from it, and the link to the longer version:

    “I count Jenny to be one of my most enduring musical influences. It’s true that we could not be more different as singers and musical artists, but I have learned from her by her example, her singing and her instinctual approach to music … I see Jenny as the wise woman that she is. She preaches the truth with a laser beam intensity and compassion — it comes pouring through her music and we feel the depth of her life-experiences …” (Click here to read the whole article on Jenny:

    Thank you, Jenny Burton, for shining your light on this Christmas album.

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