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The Ultimate Holiday Tradition!
MANNHEIM STEAMROLLER CHRISTMAS by Chip Davis has been America’s favorite holiday tradition for over 30 years! Grammy Award winner Chip Davis has created a show that features Mannheim Steamroller Christmas classics along with a selection of compositions from Chip’s groundbreaking Fresh Aire series which introduced the distinctive Mannheim sound to all of America. The program celebrates the group’s recent anniversary of 30 years since the first Christmas album and 40 years since the first Fresh Aire album and includes dazzling multimedia effects performed in an intimate setting. Experience the magic as the spirit of the season comes alive with the signature sound of Mannheim Steamroller. Their holiday CDs have become synonymous with Christmas and continue to occupy top spots on Billboard’s Seasonal Charts every year!
The Top 10 Things You Should Know About Chip Davis and Mannheim Steamroller
Chip is the #1 Christmas music artist in history with over 29 million records sold; the second highest Christmas artist is Elvis Presley with 17 million. His first Christmas album in 1984 revolutionized the sounds of Christmas, blending traditional carols with his unique synthesized style.
The music industry told Chip “Don’t do a Christmas album because that will signal the end of your career”. The first album sold five million copies after Chip produced it himself. His success has made Christmas albums a “must” for all top music artists, resulting in today’s competitive holiday market.
The Mannheim Steamroller Christmas phenomena followed his “Fresh Aire” series which debuted in 1974 on his own newly-established American Gramaphone label. Quickly dubbed “18th Century Classical Rock”, the Mannheim sound is largely credited with establishing a whole new music genre. His “Fresh Aire 7” was awarded a Grammy and American Gramaphone went on to become the largest independent label in the industry.
Since then, Mannheim Steamroller has sold over 40 million total albums including Halloween, Fourth of July, Valentine’s Day and other themes. He consistently ranks among the top 50 music recording artists.
“Mannheim Steamroller 30/40” is currently airing on PBS stations nationwide. The program special celebrates the group’s 30 years of holiday music and 40 years of groundbreaking Fresh Aire music with interviews, a concert performance and behind-the-scenes footage.
With 19 gold, 8 multi-platinum and 4 platinum certified records, Chip is among an elite group of artists -- including U2, Jay-Z, The Beach Boys and Michael Jackson -- with the most such certifications among all recording artists.
Do you remember the hit record “Convoy” which blew open the CB craze in 1975 and the “Convoy” movie starring Kris Kristofferson? They were based on C.W. McCall, a fictional truck driver co-created by Chip in his jingle-writing days. He was named Country Music Songwriter of the Year in 1976.
Chip has written, arranged and recorded over 35 albums and expanded his brand into lifestyle products. He is the author of five children’s books and has created an entire line of food items, bath and apparel products and clothing under the Mannheim Steamroller name.
Chip and Mannheim Steamroller have been involved in NASA’s Space Shuttle program. NASA provided unprecedented access to the Mannheim team which taped two Shuttle launches and one landing at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Characterized as the most accurate ever made, they are part of “The Music of The Spheres” album, released in 2013.
Chip’s patented music therapy system, Ambient Therapy, combines Chip’s specialized music compositions with natural sounds and is used in medical facilities as Mayo. The system is also installed in the National Intrepid Center, a military state-of-the art facility where soldiers with traumatic brain injuries are treated.