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Companion songbook now available for All The Way To Bethlehem

Hadley Music Group has published its’ first song book and it is the companion guitar/vocal songbook for the Donna Ulisse Christmas album All The Way To Bethlehem. The songbook also has photographs of Donna with all of her co-writers and additional information written by Donna to give the reader insight to the process of writing the songs. The book can be ordered from Donna’s website store or on

Guitar chords are diagrammed above the staff.

All The Way To Bethlehem set to release on Oct. 23

With movie-like drama and clarity, Donna Ulisse re-tells the story of Christ’s conception and birth in her powerful new album, All The Way To Bethlehem. But this is not a conventional Christmas CD. Rather it occupies the same artistic territory as such Bible-based narratives as Jesus Christ Superstar and Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.

All The Way To Bethlehem will be released October 23rd.

Inspired by the myth about the origin of the inn near which Christ was born, Ulisse put herself in the place of the harried innkeeper who had to turn Joseph and his pregnant wife Mary away, even as he sympathized with their plight. This yielded the album’s keystone song “You Cannot Stay Here”. From there, Ulisse and a corps of gifted co-writers, conjured up the words and feelings of the other figures in this timeless saga–the angel that delivers the unsettling news to Mary; the puzzled but compliant Joseph; Mary’s much older cousin, Elisabeth, who also conceives miraculously; even the Star of Bethlehem, beaming with pride and self-importance as it heralds this earth-changing event. But above all, there is Mary, the radiant new mother, who whispers to her baby before surrendering him to his divine destiny, “Let the world wait
for a little while.”

Produced by Keith Sewell, the much-praised sideman for the Dixie Chicks, Lyle Lovett and Ricky Skaggs, the 11 songs on the album are performed principally to acoustic instruments. In addition to Sewell, the musicians include Andy Leftwich, of Skaggs, Kentucky Thunder band; Viktor Krauss, who, like Sewell, has long been a mainstay in Lovett’s band; Rob Ickes, the multiple award-winning dobroist and member of the Grammy-nominated bluegrass group, Blue Highway; Byron House, whose many musical achievements include membership in Robert Plant’s Band Of Joy; John Mock, who counts James Taylor, Kathy Mattea and the National Orchestra of Ireland among his array of live and recorded credits; and vocalists Wendy Buckner Sewell, Ana Sewell and Rick Stanley.

All The Way To Bethlehem has a companion songbook. It will also be available in choral arrangements next year. Ulisse, a recent nominee for the IBMA’s Bluegrass Songwriter of the Year award, will perform the full album at upcoming Christmas shows with her band, The Poor Mountain Boys.

All The Way To Bethlehem can be sampled and purchased at Amazon, CDBaby, iTunes, numerous other online digital stores and at Donna’s website.



Donna Ulisse completes first Christmas album for 2012 release

Donna Ulisse with producer Keith Sewell finishing up work on her Christmas album

Hadley Music Recording artist Donna Ulisse and producer Keith Sewell have wrapped up work on her first Christmas album set for release in the fall of 2012. The album title will be “All The Way to Bethlehem” and is a self-written concept album chronicling the journey to Bethlehem for the birth of Christ.

Ulisse spent the past several months researching the story of the Nativity and all the characters and writing the songs with several co-writers as well as two that she wrote alone. This will be the fifth CD Sewell has produced for Ulisse.

Hadley Music & Donna Ulisse release first Christmas music

For the first time in Ulisse’s career and the history of Hadley Music Group, Christmas music was shipped to radio this week. Ulisse penned two songs that excited us at the label so much we decided to contact her producer Keith Sewell and see if he was open to go in the studio with her and track the songs for a digital commercial release as well as a limited shipping to radio. The songs are also available on Airplay Direct for downloads by radio.

The songs are both about the biblical Christmas story of the Christ child’s birth. They are already receiving many downloads by radio and we are excited for Donna to finish writing the album and recording it for full release in 2012.

DJs who receive the CD or download the songs and want Christmas liners done, please email Kathy Anderson your script at kanderson(at) by December 5, 2011 and Donna will be happy to do them and send you and mp3.