Renowned Italian producer and composer, Aria (real name Mariano Schiavolini) is elated to announce the launch of his new song, A Christmas Letter. This stirring, heartfelt track reinforces love and connectedness in a time when Christmas has taken on new meaning and significance in the wake of recent worldwide events.
In April 2022, Aria released The Next Life, a song dedicated to the environment and endangered animals. The Next Life generated 200,000 streams, over a million views, and charted in Italy and Australia. A Christmas Letter is a classic song in the Motown/gospel style that was recorded along with the video in South Africa at the historic Downtown recording studios in Johannesburg. It was mixed by Jack Rouben out of Los Angeles (I Will Survive - Gloria Gaynor, Aretha Franklin, Celine Dion, Earth,Wind & Fire).
Participating in the recording of the record were Afro American singer Sherita-O, who has recorded vocals on Boney M’s latest record, The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Macedonian children’s choir, Heruvimi. A Christmas Letter’s lyrics were written by Cambridge author Nicolette Turner. The piece is dedicated to women and their children. On such an important day, many women are away from home for work and have to leave their families behind. Our hearts are with those who have to provide essential services to the community: hospital workers, hotel employees, artists who have to perform often far from home, and many others.
A Christmas Letter is coming at an opportune time, with parts of the world in conflict and turmoil, chief of which is the Russian occupation of Ukraine. Aria's song is a clarion call for warring nations to end all wars, embrace peace, spread love.
Mariano Schiavolini adopted the stage name, Aria, as a tribute to the elements of nature that inspire us to live and create in harmony with our surroundings. Once one has lost touch with nature one is no longer oneself. This connection, this bond, is what drives Aria to create masterpieces that often draw profound inspiration from the natural world.
With profound lyrical themes such as the plight of wartime refugees, the devastation of the environment and the tragic disappearance of our planet's wildlife, Aria blends important themes with a melange of musical elements, such as progressive rock, soul and even the full, live orchestras.