Bingkai Karya – Dennis van Aarssen, the acclaimed jazz musician and winner of The Voice Holland 2019, is making waves once again in the music industry with the release of his latest single, “This Time of Year.” Following the success of his previous single, “Until Next Christmas,” Dennis is gearing up for the launch of his Deluxe Christmas album on November 30, 2023. This festive album promises to be a musical extravaganza, featuring 13 carefully curated songs that capture the essence of the holiday season.
In 2022, Dennis van Aarssen delighted fans with his Christmas album, “Christmas When You’re Here,” a collection that showcased his talent as a singer, songwriter, and performer. The album comprised eight original compositions and two covers, including “Driving Home For Christmas” by Chris Rea and “Hang Your Lights” featuring Jamie Cullum. Building on the success of this album, Dennis has added three new Christmas songs to his upcoming Deluxe edition, set to be available from December 1, 2023.
To complement the album release, Dennis van Aarssen has planned a series of twelve live Christmas shows, commencing on November 28 in New York. The live performances will feature a specially curated program, including songs from the album, Christmas classics, and a unique collaboration with the DVA Big Band. Dennis expressed his excitement, stating, “Kicking off the game in New York is a treat which is interesting, but I’m really looking forward to it.”
Dennis van Aarssen’s latest single, “This Time of Year,” serves as a teaser for his upcoming Christmas album. The song, co-written with Jeff Franzel and Maria Christensen, is a heartfelt expression of Dennis’s deep love for the holiday season. In a statement, Dennis shared that sometimes it’s challenging to put into words the feelings and enthusiasm he has for Christmas, and “This Time of Year” encapsulates those emotions. The enchantment in the air, from the first snowflakes to traditional family dinners, is beautifully captured in the song.
The upcoming Deluxe Christmas album is a result of meticulous collaboration between Dennis van Aarssen, his A&R manager Menno Timmerman, and manager Marc Hofstede. Dennis actively contributed to the creative process by writing eight of the ten tracks alongside American songwriters Jeff Franzel and Maria Christensen, while the remaining two original compositions were crafted in collaboration with Dutch songwriters Simon Gitsels and Karel Schepers.
The album features three cover songs, each given a unique touch by Dennis. With the expertise of arrangers Ilja Reijngoud, Willem Friede, Robert Koemans, and Jasper Staps, along with the talents of a remarkable 11-piece string ensemble and the swinging DvA Bigband, the album promises to be a musical masterpiece.
Expressing his hopes for the album’s success, Dennis van Aarssen stated, “I hope these songs will open up more possibilities for streaming and radio play. I can honestly say that this album contains thirteen songs that are worth playing and listening to. I also feel like I have made progress in my development. I now listen more attentively and critically, and more often. Everything has to be just right.”