In The Spirit: A Celebration of the Holidays

Released November 13, 2015

A collaboration between John Driskell Hopkins, a founding member of three-time GRAMMY® Award winners Zac Brown Band and the Atlanta Pops Orchestra, In The Spirit: A Celebration of the Holidays combines the classic sound of holiday favorites with new, modern arrangements by Wes Funderburk. Special guests include Laura Bell Bundy, Indigo Girls and Balsam Range.

Deluxe Edition double vinyl LP, featuring bonus tracks, available exclusively through the Zac Brown Band online store.

Balsam Range recording session, July 2015:
Atlanta Pops Orchestra recording session, August 2015:
Baby, It’s Cold Outside, feat. Laura Bell Bundy:
Live concert performance, December 2015:

Compact Disc Packaging: cover (illustration by Leighanne Schneider)

Compact Disc Packaging: inside

Compact Disc:

John Driskell Hopkins: Vocal, Guitar, Baritone Guitar, Banjo, Percussion
Atlanta Pops Orchestra
Conducted by Jason Altieri
Mary Burndrett
Robert Givens
Sinisa Ciric
Kirsten Browning
Patrick Ryan
James Campbell
Katerina Lewis
Larissa Powers
Nan Kemberling
Charae Krueger
Elizabeth Murphy
Marc Miller
Jeanne Carere
Mandy Dunaway
Miranda Dohrman
Kiyoaki Kojima
Eva P. Lewis
French Horn:
Ed Ferguson
Helen Werling
Trumpet & Flugelhorn:
Lee King
John Bryant
Tom Gibson
Bass Trombone:
Lee Watts
Brent Runnels
Scott Douglas
Drums, Percussion:
Kevin Leahy
Laura Bell Bundy: Vocals (“Baby, It’s Cold Outside”)
Indigo Girls (“Do You Hear What I Hear?”)
Amy Ray: Vocals, Guitar
Emily Saliers: Vocals, Ukulele
Daniel de los Reyes: Percussion
Andy Birdsall & Leah Calvert: Background Vocals
Greg Earnest: Banjo Coach
Balsam Range (“What Child Is This?”)
Buddy Melton: Vocals, Fiddle
Caleb Smith: Vocals, Guitar
Marc Pruett: Banjo
Tim Surrett: Bass, Vocals
Darren Nicholson: Vocals, Mandolin

Produced & Engineered By: John Driskell Hopkins
Executive Producers: John Driskell Hopkins & Kevin Leahy
Executive Assistant: Nicole Jurovics
All songs arranged by Wes Funderburk, except “What Child is This?” (arranged by John Driskell Hopkins, Balsam Range and Wes Funderburk)
Atlanta Pops Orchestra recorded at 800 East Studios, Atlanta, GA, August 3 & 4, 2015
Engineered by Martin Kearns, assistant engineer Spencer Willis
Laura Bell Bundy recorded at Outloud Audio, Los Angeles, CA, August 11, 2015
Engineered by Stiv Schneider
Indigo Girls recorded at Silent Sound Studios, Atlanta, GA, August 12, 2015
Engineered by Thom “TK” Kidd, assistant engineer Kory Aaron
Balsam Range recorded at Crossroads Recording Studios, Arden, NC, July 22, 2015
Engineered by Van Atkins, vocals engineered by Buddy Melton
Mixed By: Thom “TK” Kidd at Silent Sound Studios, Atlanta, GA, September 2015, assistant engineer Courtney Horton
Mastered By: John Horesco IV at One Up Mastering, Atlanta, GA, October 2015
Indigo Girls appear courtesy of IG Recordings (Distributed by Vanguard Records,
 a Division of Concord Music Group)
Balsam Range appears courtesy of Mountain Home Music Company
Album Illustration by Leighanne Schneider
Licensing by Harry Fox & Kobalt Music Group
Liner notes by Dr. Lyn Schenbeck
In The Spirit: A Celebration of the Holidays
Copyright 2015 Brighter Shade, LLC