TUPELO – Christmas came early this year for The Foyer Boys – early as in July.
The a cappella quartet spent the summer recording its first-ever Christmas album, “Christmas with the Foyer Boyz.”
For the Boyz, Mike Griffin, Jerry Grammer, Donnie Butler and Brent Roberson, this album is like a Christmas gift to fans.
“People have requested a Christmas CD for years,” Roberson said.
The group, who formed nine years ago in the foyer of the Lee Acres Church of Christ, has released two gospel albums, “Streets of Glory” and “There Is a God.”
The Foyer Boyz went to Soundhouse Studios in Saltillo, where the quartet recorded its first two CDs, to record the Christmas album.
“Do you know how weird it is to record ‘White Christmas’ in August?” joked Roberson. “We had so much fun doing this one.”
The 11-track album is out now. Fans can buy the album through the band’s Web site, foyerboyz.com, or by tracking down any of the quartet.
The tracks include carols, like “Angels We Have Heard on High” and “Silent Night,” as well as secular tunes like “White Christmas” and “Rudolph, the Red Nosed Reindeer.”
The quartet put their own spin on old favorites and new ones, like “Mary Did You Know?” a track each of the guys say is one of their favorites.
“We’ve been to so many places, performing these Christmas songs over the years, so singing them (in the studio) was like second nature,” Griffin said.
The Foyer Boyz also included a fun version of “We Wish You a Merry Christmas” for any kids who are listening.
“We’re all a bunch of big kids,” Grammer said. “Mostly we wanted (the album) centered around the Christ child, but there are some songs for kids, too.”
The Foyer Boyz has already started work on a new, non-Christmas album. Just as The Foyer Boyz have done with the Christmas album, the quartet is filling wishes with its new album, too.
“A lot of the new songs are Elvis-y,” Roberson said. “We’re doing ‘Peace in the Valley’ – we get a lot of requests for that one.”
But through December, The Foyer Boyz is focusing on getting its Christmas record out and performing holiday songs for fans.
“A lot of people say this is our best CD,” Grammer said, “and I think it is.”
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