BLACKMORE'S NIGHT's holiday album, "Winter Carols", has entered Billboard's New Age album chart at position No. 7. View the whole chart at this location.Ritchie Blackmore has been known worldwide for his guitar shredding in DEEP PURPLE and RAINBOW. He has also shown hints of his penchant for medieval music in both of those bands. That 18th and 19th century love, though, has only truly come to the fore within the acoustic context of his renaissance rock project, BLACKMORE'S NIGHT. The seven-piece band, featuring the airy vocals of his lovely fiancée, Candice Night, who has been compared to Stevie Nicks and Karen Carpenter, has been an ongoing passion of the guitarist since 1997. "The holiday season has always embodied joy, love, peace and togetherness," says Candice. "We are entranced by the magic of the season. The sentiments of the holidays are what we try to express in our music year round so this CD is a natural progression. All the music we craft and create has always been about love, unity and friendship. These songs as a whole are beautiful unifying carols. Feel the warmth of friendship! Everyone can join in."
"The origin of the word 'carol' means dance," adds Ritchie. "I am naturally attracted to these melodies. As a kid, I would go from house to house during the holiday time and sing them just to earn some money. As an adult, I thought I could play them and make more money!"