ZAC BROWN BAND’S JOHN DRISKELL HOPKINS TO PERFORM AT THE VISTA ROOM

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

December 8, 2016

ZAC BROWN BAND’S JOHN DRISKELL HOPKINS

AND MEMBERS OF THE ATLANTA POPS ORCHESTRA

TO PERFORM AT THE VISTA ROOM SUNDAY, DECEMBER 18

CONCERT TO BENEFIT ENDURING HEARTS

ATLANTA, GA — On Sunday, December 18 at 5 p.m., singer/songwriter John Driskell Hopkins (of Zac Brown Band) and members of the Atlanta Pops Orchestra — Atlanta Pops Ensemble — will perform a holiday concert at The Vista Room, to benefit the non-profit, Enduring Hearts. The evening will include dinner, the concert and a live auction.

Enduring Hearts raises critical funding for pediatric heart transplants so the hearts children receive operate as efficiently and effectively as possible without needing a second heart transplant. It’s a cause near and dear to Hopkins.

“This is a unique organization that is directly impacting the lives of kids (and their families) who have had to undergo heart transplants,” said Hopkins. “I believe music transcends all things, so to be able to partner with such an inspiring organization in its fundraising efforts through music is both an honor and privilege for me.”

“John was kind enough to play at golf tournament earlier this year, and, more recently, he lent his many talents to create a songbook with Always Saturday, a group of artists who create songs and stories for worthy causes,” said Enduring Hearts Executive Director Ankur Chatterjee. “We are truly blessed to have the love and support of a big-hearted, creative artist like John.”

The songbook, entitled The Moose & the Golden Spike, is an illustrated storybook with downloadable, themed songs featuring Hopkins, the Zac Brown Band singer-songwriter, as a storyteller. The goal of the project is to fill the hearts of 500 heart transplant kids across the country with songbook gift packs. The books will be for sale at the concert and online at Friends Fill Hearts.

“Music has the power to heal,” said Atlanta Pops Orchestra Guest Conductor Tom Gibson. “John has been a great partner to us, so we can’t think of a better way to thank him than to be a part of supporting this great fundraiser for kids in need. We hope music fans from all over Georgia will come out to not only enjoy a great holiday concert, but to also support a great cause.”

Tickets for the December 18 event are $50 and include a three-course meal and the concert — a live auction will also take place with prizes courtesy of Hoffman & Associates, LLC. In addition, 10 percent of proceeds from all merchandise sales will be donated to Enduring Hearts.

Live Charity Auction Prizes:

  • Two tickets and a suite at Phillips Arena with limo service to/from event — may be used for a Hawks game or live concert (based on availability)
  • Two-nights of accommodations for two at Beau Rivage Resort and Casino in Biloxi, MS

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ABOUT THE ATLANTA POPS ORCHESTRA

The Atlanta Pops Orchestra is a premier provider of live orchestral music programming for the state of Georgia, the Southeastern U.S. and beyond. With a rich history spanning more than seven decades, the orchestra has captivated audiences throughout the world. Equally adept performing pop, jazz, folk, hip-hop, light classical, country and more, the Atlanta Pops challenges the expectation of what an orchestra is capable of delivering. MORE

ABOUT ENDURING HEARTS

Enduring Hearts’ mission is to fund important and innovative research to increase the longevity of pediatric heart transplants, and improve the quality of life for transplant recipients. One in four children receiving a heart transplant will need another within the first five years. Enduring Hearts works every day to better these odds and improve the lives of heart transplant families. MORE

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DINNER & A CONCERT WITH JOHN DRISKELL HOPKINS

AND THE ATLANTA POPS ENSEMBLE

THE VISTA ROOM (at Napoleon’s)

John Driskell Hopkins

Atlanta Pops Ensemble

Sunday, December 18, 5 p.m.

TICKETS: $50 (includes 3-course meal and concert)

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Media Contact:

Melissa A.E. Sanders, Watkins McGowan

404.909.6726 | msanders@watkinsmcgowan.com

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ATLANTA POPS ORCHESTRA AND JOHN DRISKELL HOPKINS TO RELEASE DOUBLE VINYL LP (DELUXE EDITION)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

November 10, 2016

ATLANTA POPS ORCHESTRA AND JOHN DRISKELL HOPKINS

TO RELEASE DOUBLE VINYL LP

IN THE SPIRIT: A CELEBRATION OF THE HOLIDAYS (DELUXE EDITION)

Release Also Includes Indigo Girls, Balsam Range and Laura Bell Bundy

ORCHESTRA TO PERFORM HOLIDAY GALA CONCERT

AT CALLANWOLDE FINE ARTS CENTER, DECEMBER 1, 2016

Christmas at Callanwolde Gala Concert To Feature John Driskell Hopkins,

Michelle Malone and the VaudeVillains

ADDITIONAL POPS HOLIDAY CONCERTS TO BE PERFORMED AROUND SOUTHEAST

ATLANTA, GA — This holiday season, the Atlanta Pops Orchestra and Zac Brown Band’s John Driskell Hopkins will reissue their beloved holiday album (2015) as a double vinyl LP — In The Spirit: A Celebration of the Holidays (Deluxe Edition). Featuring Hopkins and his signature baritone voice, the recording includes Christmas favorites — both new and old — with the Atlanta Pops Orchestra and some very special guests. For a sneak peek at one of the bonus tracks, “Mele Kalikimaka” with Hopkins featuring The Dappled Grays, WATCH THE VIDEO HERE.

Tap into a beautiful and nostalgic world, complete with soaring arrangements, expansive harmonies, and even humor! Iconic friends Indigo Girls help to light up the classic “Do You Hear What I Hear?” while bluegrass trailblazers Balsam Range bring the Appalachian mountains into view on “What Child Is This?” and Laura Bell Bundy and Hopkins take “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” for a new spin.

HOW TO BUY

The new Deluxe Edition Double Vinyl LP of In The Spirit: A Celebration of the Holidays will be available for purchase beginning Friday, November 18, 2016, on ZacBrownBand.com. The four bonus bonus tracks — which include “Mele Kalikimaka” and “Angels We Have Heard On High”will be also available for digital download via iTunes, Amazon and GooglePlay.

The original album, In The Spirit: A Celebration of the Holidays (2015), is currently available on CD at JohnDriskellHopkins.com, ZacBrownBand.com and AtlantaPops.com, and for digital download via iTunes, Amazon and GooglePlay.

The CD and double vinyl LP will also be available at upcoming Atlanta Pops Orchestra performances.

CHRISTMAS AT CALLANWOLDE

In addition, the Atlanta Pops Orchestra will perform another season of holiday music around the region, including a Gala Concert at Callanwolde Fine Arts Center on Thursday, December 1, 2016, at 7:30 p.m., as part of its annual Christmas at Callanwolde,a spectacular Atlanta Christmas destination. Featured on the gala concert program, alongside the orchestra, will be John Driskell Hopkins (Zac Brown Band) and Michelle Malone (blues guitarist and vocalist), led by conductor Dr. Tom Gibson. Hopkins will sing various holiday classics with the orchestra — which are also featured on the Pops recording, In The Spirit: A Celebration of the Holidays — including “You’re A Mean One, Mr. Grinch,” “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” “Christmas Time Is Here,” and “O, Holy Night.” Malone will also sing holiday songs with the

orchestra including “Count Your Blessings,” “Jingle Bells,” and one of her own original songs, “Feels like

Christmas.” Opening the evening will be the traditional country guitar trio, the VaudeVillains. Tickets for the Christmas at Callanwolde Holiday Gala can be purchased online at atlantapops.com/callanwolde.

This year, Callanwolde has partnered with Illuminating Design Inc. to transform the exterior grounds and gardens of the historic Candler Estate into a spectacular wonderland for a new Christmas at Callanwolde Light Show, November 21–December 29, from 6–10:00 p.m. The ever-popular Designer Show House will return November 28 – December 13, from 11:00 a.m.6:00 p.m., where visitors of all ages can enjoy touring the 27,000 square-foot historic Candler mansion which will be elaborately decorated with professional holiday displays, an expansive artist market and themed events for all ages offering a variety of daily events to celebrate the season.

ADDITIONAL HOLIDAY CONCERTS

In addition to the Christmas at Callanwolde Gala Concert, the Orchestra will continue to travel the southeast with performances throughout the holiday season, including:

ABOUT ATLANTA POPS ORCHESTRA

The Atlanta Pops Orchestra is a premier provider of live orchestral music programming for the state of Georgia, the Southeastern U.S. and beyond. With a rich history spanning more than seven decades, the orchestra has captivated audiences throughout the world. Equally adept performing pop, jazz, folk, hip-hop, light classical, country and more, the Atlanta Pops challenges the expectation of what an orchestra is capable of delivering.

The Atlanta Pops Orchestra has released a number of recordings over the years, the most recent being 2015’s In The Spirit: A Celebration of the Holidays, a collaborative effort with John Driskell Hopkins — a founding member of three-time GRAMMY-winning and multi-platinum group, Zac Brown Band. The Christmas recording showcases a sound firmly rooted in tradition, but distinctively modern. Featuring new arrangements by Wes Funderburk, the album also includes guest appearances by singer Laura Bell Bundy, legendary folk duo Indigo Girls and award-winning bluegrass group Balsam Range. The album continues to be well received by fans and critics alike, serving to showcase the versatility of the orchestra in the recording studio. To mark the orchestra’s 70th anniversary, efforts were made in 2015 to reconnect to the vibrant energy of the present-day, collaborative Atlanta music scene. A two-night engagement at Oglethorpe University brought together a diverse group of Atlanta superstars representing the diverse sounds of the city. Guest artists included former Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Henry Mancini trumpeter Cecil Welch, pianist Brent Runnels, blues guitarist Michelle Malone, hip-hop trailblazers Arrested Development, beatbox protégé HeaveN Beatbox, jazz trumpeter Joe Gransden, singer Chris Wright (performing a song written by Georgia Governor Nathan Deal), world-fusion duo Montana Skies and Americana singer-songwriter Levi Lowrey. Entitled Bringing Together the Past and the Present, the concerts have served as a springboard for the orchestra’s current-day endeavors.

Under the direction of Conductor and Music Director Dr. Jason Altieri, the Atlanta Pops orchestra performs concerts throughout the Southeast for special events, performing arts center subscription series, concert associations, and colleges and universities. The orchestra also accompanies celebrity artists on tour and performs at national and international business conventions. Atlanta Pops Orchestra musicians perform as pit musicians for the Fabulous Fox Theatre Broadway Series as well as for other travelling productions, such as Celtic Woman, Trans-Siberian Orchestra and Mannheim Steamroller. Dr. Altieri also serves as Associate Conductor of the Reno (NV) Philharmonic and as Director of the Orchestra Program at The University of Nevada, Reno.

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Atlanta Pops Orchestra media contact:

Melissa A.E. Sanders, Watkins McGowan

404.909.6726 | msanders@watkinsmcgowan.com

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John Driskell Hopkins, Atlanta Pops Release Deluxe Christmas Album

JOLIE LAUREN PHOTOGRAPHY

By GABBIE WATTS NOV 29, 2016 City Lights with Lois Reitzes

Last year, the Atlanta Pops Orchestra and the Zac Brown Band’s John Driskell Hopkins teamed up to make a Christmas album. JOLIE LAUREN PHOTOGRAPHY

Zac Brown Band founding member John Driskell Hopkins has added his voice to the Christmas canon. Last year, he teamed up with the Atlanta Pops Orchestra for “In The Spirit: A Celebration of the Holidays.”

That album also features collaborations with the Indigo Girls, Laura Bell Bundy and Balsam Range. This year, the Atlanta Pops and Hopkins are releasing a deluxe edition of the album, featuring several new songs on a bright blue vinyl.

“I always wanted to have a Christmas record, and now I think want five of them,” said Hopkins, who is already thinking about his next Christmas album.

And the Atlanta Pops Orchestra has always been well-versed in collaboration.

Full Article: HERE

John Driskell Hopkins of the Zac Brown Band talks Atlanta Pops Orchestra, new record, The Vista Room

John Driskell Hopkins with the Atlanta Pops Orchestra

Phil W. Hudson Staff Writer Atlanta Business Chronicle

Excerpt:

On Nov. 28, Atlanta Business Chronicle’s Phil W. Hudson sat down with John Driskell Hopkins of the Zac Brown Band for a wide-ranging discussion.

In addition to his work with the multi-platinum selling, three-time Grammy Award-winning Zac Brown Band, Hopkins recently partnered with the Atlanta Pops Orchestra to reissue “In The Spirit: A Celebration of the Holidays,” which features guest appearances from the Indigo Girls, Balsam Range and Laura Bell Bundy, as a double vinyl LP.

Full Article: http://www.bizjournals.com/atlanta/news/2016/11/29/q-a-john-driskell-hopkins-of-the-zac-brown-band.html

PREVIEW OF CHRISTMAS AT CALLANWOLDE TO INCLUDE THE LIGHTING OF NEW 23-FOOT CHRISTMAS TREE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

November 14, 2016

MEDIA ADVISORY — PHOTO ALERT FOR TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 15

PREVIEW OF CHRISTMAS AT CALLANWOLDE TO INCLUDE THE LIGHTING OF NEW 23-FOOT CHRISTMAS TREE

AND PERFORMANCE BY ZAC BROWN BAND’S JOHN DRISKELL HOPKINS

WITH ATLANTA POPS ORCHESTRA MUSICIANS

WHO:

John Driskell Hopkins (Zac Brown Band)

Peggy Still Johnson (Executive Director, Callanwolde Fine Arts Center)

WHAT:

MEDIA PREVEW OF CHRISTMAS AT CALLANWOLDE INCLUDING:

Performance by Zac Brown Band’s John Driskell Hopkins followed by the Lighting of a NEW 23-Foot Christmas Tree

This year, Callanwolde has partnered with Illuminating Design Inc. to transform the exterior grounds and gardens of the historic Candler Estate into a spectacular wonderland for a new Christmas at Callanwolde Light Show, November 21–December 29, from 6–10:00 p.m. Featured is a NEW, RGB LED Christmas tree featuring 37 billion color combinations all choreographed to your favorite holiday classics. Adding to the magic of the night this year will be a singing forest and a kids-only area where it snows. Also, children will be able to mail their letters to Santa and eat treats along the way.

The Atlanta Pops Orchestra is back for another season Christmas at Callanwolde, including the Gala Concert at Callanwolde Fine Arts Center on Thursday, December 1, 2016, at 7:30 p.m.. Featured on the gala concert program, alongside the orchestra, will be John Driskell Hopkins (Zac Brown Band) and Michelle Malone (blues guitarist and vocalist), led by conductor Dr. Tom Gibson. The program includes various holiday classics with the orchestra, including “You’re A Mean One, Mr. Grinch,” “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas,” “Christmas Time Is Here,” and “O, Holy Night.”

WHERE:

CALLANWOLDE FINE ARTS CENTER

980 Briarcliff Road, NE
Atlanta, Georgia

WHEN:

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 15

Photo Op. 1 — 7 p.m.

  • Arrivals and welcome from Callanwolde Fine Arts Center Executive Director Peggy Still Johnson.

Photo Op. 2 — 7:05 p.m.

  • Performance by Zac Brown Band’s John Driskell Hopkins

Photo Op. 3 — 7:15 p.m.

  • Lighting of the NEW 23-foot, RGB LED Christmas tree featuring 37 billion color combinations, all choreographed to your favorite holiday classics.
    • The grounds will be open to walk, photograph and experience until 9 p.m.

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RSVP TO:

Atlanta Pops Orchestra media contact:Callanwolde Fine Arts Center media contact:

Melissa A.E. Sanders, Watkins McGowan David Kresses

404.909.6726 | msanders@watkinsmcgowan.com 404.872.5338, ext. 228 |dkresses@callanwolde.org

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ATLANTA POPS TO PERFORM HOLIDAY GALA CONCERT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

November 7, 2016

JOHN DRISKELL HOPKINS AND ATLANTA POPS ORCHESTRA

TO RELEASE DOUBLE VINYL LP

IN THE SPIRIT: A CELEBRATION OF THE HOLIDAYS (DELUXE EDITION)

Bonus Tracks To Include “Mele Kalikimaka” and “Angels We Have Heard On High”

ATLANTA POPS TO PERFORM HOLIDAY GALA CONCERT

AT CALLANWOLDE FINE ARTS CENTER, DECEMBER 1, 2016

Christmas at Callanwolde Gala Concert To Feature John Driskell Hopkins,

Michelle Malone and the VaudeVillains

ADDITONAL POPS HOLIDAY CONCERTS TO BE PERFORMED AROUND SOUTHEAST

ATLANTA, GA — This holiday season, the Atlanta Pops Orchestra and Zac Brown Band’s John Driskell Hopkins will reissue its beloved holiday CD (released in 2015) as a double vinyl LP — In The Spirit: A Celebration of the Holidays (Deluxe Edition). Featuring Hopkins and his signature baritone voice, the recording includes Christmas favorites — both new and old — with the Atlanta Pops Orchestra and some very special guests. For a sneak peek of one of the bonus tracks, “Mele Kalikimaka” with Hopkins, watch the video here.

Tap into a beautiful and nostalgic world, complete with soaring arrangements, expansive harmonies, and even humor! Iconic friends Indigo Girls help to light up the classic “Do You Hear What I Hear?” while bluegrass trailblazers Balsam Range bring the Appalachian mountains into view on “What Child Is This?,” and Laura Bell Bundy and Hopkins take “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” for a new spin.

HOW TO BUY

The new Deluxe Edition LP will be available for purchase as a doubly vinyl LP or digital download beginning Friday, November 18, 2016, at the Zac Brown Band website, or as a dgital download via iTunes, Amazon and GooglePlay.

The orginal CD (released Nov 2015) is currently available online at JohnDriskellHopkins.com, ZacBrownBand.com and AtlantaPops.com, as well as a digital download via iTunes, Amazon and GooglePlay.

The CD and double vinyl LP will also be available for purchase at upcoming Atlanta Pops Orchestra performances.

CHRISTMAS AT CALLANWOLDE

In addition, the Atlanta Pops Orchestra will perform another season of holiday music around the region, including a Gala Concert at Callanwolde Fine Arts Center on Thursday, December 1, 2016, at 7:30 p.m., as part of its annual Christmas at Callanwolde,a spectacular Atlanta Christmas destination. Featured on the gala concert program, alongside the orchestra, will be John Driskell Hopkins (Zac Brown Band) and Michelle Malone (blues guitarist and vocalist), led by conductor Dr. Tom Gibson. Hopkins will sing various holiday classics with the orchestra — which

are also featured on the Pops recording, In The Spirit: A Celebration of the Holidays —including “You’re A Mean One, Mr. Grinch,” “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas,” “Christmas Time Is Here,” and “O, Holy Night.” Malone

will also sing holiday songs with the orchestra including “Count Your Blessings,” “Jingle Bells,” “Blue Christmas,” and one of her own original songs, “Feels like Christmas.” Opening the evening will be the traditional country guitar trio, the VaudeVillains. Tickets for the Christmas at Callanwolde Holiday Gala can be purchased online at atlantapops.com/callanwolde.

This year, Callanwolde has partnered with Illuminating Design Inc. to transform the exterior grounds and gardens of the historic Candler Estate into a spectacular wonderland for a new Christmas at Callanwolde Light ShowNovember 21–December 29, from 6–10:00 p.m. The always popular Designer Show House will return November 28 – December 13, from 11:00 a.m.6:00 p.m., where visitors of all ages will enjoy touring the 27,000 square-foot historic Candler mansion which will be elaborately decorated with professional holiday displays, an expansive artist market and themed events for all ages and offering a variety of opportunities to celebrate the season with daily events.

ADDITIONAL HOLIDAY CONCERTS

In addition to the Christmas at Callanwolde Gala Concert, the Orchestra will continue to travel the southeast with performances throughout the holiday season, including:

ABOUT ATLANTA POPS ORCHESTRA

The Atlanta Pops Orchestra is a premier provider of live orchestral music programming for the state of Georgia, the Southeastern U.S. and beyond. With a rich history spanning more than seven decades, the orchestra has captivated audiences throughout the world. Equally adept performing pop, jazz, folk, hip-hop, light classical, country and more, the Atlanta Pops challenges the expectation of what an orchestra is capable of delivering.

The Atlanta Pops Orchestra has released a number of recordings over the years, the most recent being 2015’s In The Spirit: A Celebration of the Holidays, a collaborative effort with John Driskell Hopkins — a founding member of three-time GRAMMY-winning and multi-platinum group, Zac Brown Band. The Christmas recording showcases a sound firmly rooted in tradition, but distinctively modern. Featuring new arrangements by Wes Funderburk, the album also includes guest appearances by singer Laura Bell Bundy, legendary folk duo Indigo Girls and award-winning bluegrass group Balsam Range. The album continues to be well-received by fans and critics alike, serving to showcase the versatility of the orchestra in the recording studio. To mark the orchestra’s 70th anniversary, efforts were made in 2015 to reconnect to the vibrant energy of the present-day, collaborative Atlanta music scene. A two-night engagement at Oglethorpe University brought together a diverse group of Atlanta superstars representing the diverse sounds of the city. Guest artists included former Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Henry Mancini trumpeter Cecil Welch, pianist Brent Runnels, blues guitarist Michelle Malone, hip-hop trailblazers Arrested Development, beatbox protégé HeaveN Beatbox, jazz trumpeter Joe Gransden, singer Chris Wright (performing a song written by Georgia Governor Nathan Deal), world-fusion duo Montana Skies and Americana singer-songwriter Levi Lowrey. Entitled Bringing Together the Past and the Present, the concerts have served as a springboard for the orchestra’s current-day endeavors.

Under the direction of Conductor and Music Director Dr. Jason Altieri, the Atlanta Pops orchestra performs concerts throughout the Southeast for special events, performing arts center subscription series, concert associations, and colleges and universities. The orchestra also accompanies celebrity artists on tour and performs at national and international business conventions. Atlanta Pops Orchestra musicians perform as pit musicians for the Fabulous Fox Theatre Broadway Series as well as for other travelling productions, such as Celtic Woman, Trans-Siberian Orchestra and Mannheim Steamroller. Dr. Altieri also serves as Associate Conductor of the Reno (NV) Philharmonic and as Director of the Orchestra Program at The University of Nevada, Reno.

# # #

Atlanta Pops Orchestra media contact:

Melissa A.E. Sanders, Watkins McGowan

404.909.6726 | msanders@watkinsmcgowan.com

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ATLANTA POPS ORCHESTRA TO PERFORM HOLIDAY GALA CONCERT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

October 27, 2016

ATLANTA POPS ORCHESTRA TO PERFORM HOLIDAY GALA CONCERT

AT ATLANTA’S CALLANWOLDE FINE ARTS CENTER, DECEMBER 1, 2016

Christmas at Callanwolde Gala Concert To Feature John Driskell Hopkins,

Michelle Malone and the VaudeVillains

ADDITONAL POPS HOLIDAY CONCERTS TO BE PERFORMED AROUND SOUTHEAST

Balsam Range Art of Music Festival at Lake Junaluska, NC; Ellijay, Greensboro,

Cartersville, and Atlanta, GA; Enterprise and Dothan, AL; and Newberry, SC

ATLANTA, GA — The Atlanta Pops Orchestra is back for another season of holiday music, including a Gala Concert at Callanwolde Fine Arts Center on Thursday, December 1, 2016, at 7:30 p.m., as part of its annual Christmas at Callanwolde,a spectacular Atlanta Christmas destination. Featured on the gala concert program, alongside the orchestra, will be John Driskell Hopkins (Zac Brown Band) and Michelle Malone (blues guitarist and vocalist), led by conductor Dr. Tom Gibson. Hopkins will sing various holiday classics with the orchestra — which are also featured on the Pops recording, In The Spirit: A Celebration of the Holidays —including “You’re A Mean One, Mr. Grinch,” “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas,” “Christmas Time Is Here,” and “O, Holy Night.” Malone will also sing holiday songs with the orchestra including “Count Your Blessings,” “Jingle Bells,” “Blue Christmas,” and one of her own original songs, “Feels like Christmas.” Opening the evening will be the traditional country guitar trio, the VaudeVillains. Tickets for the Christmas at Callanwolde Holiday Gala can be purchased online at atlantapops.com/callanwolde.

This year, Callanwolde has partnered with Illuminating Design Inc. to transform the exterior grounds and gardens of the historic Candler Estate into a spectacular wonderland for a new Christmas at Callanwolde Light ShowNovember 21–December 29, from 6–10:00 p.m. The always popular Designer Show House will return November 28 – December 13, from 11:00 a.m.6:00 p.m., where visitors of all ages will enjoy touring the 27,000 square-foot historic Candler mansion which will be elaborately decorated with professional holiday displays, an expansive artist market and themed events for all ages and offering a variety of opportunities to celebrate the season with daily events.

“Callanwolde is a beautiful facility and their Christmas season decorations are fantastic,” said John Driskell Hopkins. “It’s a wonderful setting for this concert with the Atlanta Pops, and the staff is always fabulous. I look forward to being a part of a performance that is quickly becoming a great Atlanta tradition.”

“It is such a joy for Callanwolde Performing Fine Arts Center to partner with the Atlanta Pops Orchestra,” said Callanwolde Fine Arts Center Executive Director Peggy Still Johnson. “Their musicianship is at an excellent level, and we both share a rich history of music and arts in Atlanta. Our guests are in for a real treat this year.”

“All of us at the Atlanta Pops Orchestra are thrilled to be part of the Christmas at Callanwolde tradition,” said Atlanta Pops Orchestra CEO Leonard Altieri. “Nothing impacts a person’s holiday spirit in the way traditional holiday music does. We look forward to another great holiday season of tremendous music.”

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ADDITIONAL HOLIDAY CONCERTS

In addition to the Christmas at Callanwolde Gala Concert, the Orchestra will continue to travel the southeast with performances throughout the holiday season, including:

* * *

ABOUT ATLANTA POPS ORCHESTRA

The Atlanta Pops Orchestra is a premier provider of live orchestral music programming for the state of Georgia, the Southeastern U.S. and beyond. With a rich history spanning more than seven decades, the orchestra has captivated audiences throughout the world. Equally adept performing pop, jazz, folk, hip-hop, light classical, country and more, the Atlanta Pops challenges the expectation of what an orchestra is capable of delivering.

The Atlanta Pops Orchestra has released a number of recordings over the years, the most recent being 2015’s In The Spirit: A Celebration of the Holidays, a collaborative effort with John Driskell Hopkins — a founding member of three-time GRAMMY-winning and multi-platinum group, Zac Brown Band. The Christmas recording showcases a sound firmly rooted in tradition, but distinctively modern. Featuring new arrangements by Wes Funderburk, the album also includes guest appearances by singer Laura Bell Bundy, legendary folk duo Indigo Girls and award-winning bluegrass group Balsam Range. The album continues to be well-received by fans and critics alike, serving to showcase the versatility of the orchestra in the recording studio. To mark the orchestra’s 70th anniversary, efforts were made in 2015 to reconnect to the vibrant energy of the present-day, collaborative Atlanta music scene. A two-night engagement at Oglethorpe University brought together a diverse group of Atlanta superstars representing the diverse sounds of the city. Guest artists included former Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Henry Mancini trumpeter Cecil Welch, pianist Brent Runnels, blues guitarist Michelle Malone, hip-hop trailblazers Arrested Development, beatbox protégé HeaveN Beatbox, jazz trumpeter Joe Gransden, singer Chris Wright (performing a song written by Georgia Governor Nathan Deal), world-fusion duo Montana Skies and Americana singer-songwriter Levi Lowrey. Entitled Bringing Together the Past and the Present, the concerts have served as a springboard for the orchestra’s current-day endeavors.

Under the direction of Conductor and Music Director Dr. Jason Altieri, the Atlanta Pops orchestra performs concerts throughout the Southeast for special events, performing arts center subscription series, concert associations, and colleges and universities. The orchestra also accompanies celebrity artists on tour and performs at national and international business conventions. Atlanta Pops Orchestra musicians perform as pit musicians for the Fabulous Fox Theatre Broadway Series as well as for other travelling productions, such as Celtic Woman, Trans-Siberian Orchestra and Mannheim Steamroller. Dr. Altieri also serves as Associate Conductor of the Reno (NV) Philharmonic and as Director of the Orchestra Program at The University of Nevada, Reno.

ABOUT CALLANWOLDE FINE ARTS CENTER

Callanwolde Fine Arts Center is a 501c3 non-profit organization whose mission is to preserve the historic Candler Estate and offer fine arts and outreach to the community. The Estate is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and was built in 1920 by the Candler family. Classes and workshops are offered for all ages in visual, literary and performing arts. Special performances, concerts, events gallery exhibits, outreach programs, rentals, and fundraising galas are presented and offered throughout the year.

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Atlanta Pops Orchestra media contact:Callanwolde Fine Arts Center media contact:

Melissa A.E. Sanders, Watkins McGowan David Kresses

404.909.6726 | msanders@watkinsmcgowan.com 404.872.5338, ext. 228 |dkresses@callanwolde.org

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What are your travel must-haves?

I always travel with my Leatherman, if it’s not on my person it’s in my suitcase. It’s a multi-tool: a knife and a pliers, and a bottle opener. I use it all the time.

And then, I always have some Gaffer tape, and my banjo picks. They’re in a little case, and I keep them in my pocket at all times. You never know when you’re going to be attacked by a banjo. You have to be ready!  … I’ve got picks that I’m really fond of, so I always like to have them on me.

I also always travel with my own computer mouse. It’s a Logitech Marble. I can’t work on Pro Tools without it. If I have work to do that’s remote, I won’t hesitate to take it out.


Excerpt from TravelandLesiure.com  “Zac Brown Band’s John Driskell Hopkins Talks Life on the Road” by Caroline Hallemann (find her on Twitter / on Instagram)

A Collection of John’s Favorites

  1. Tomorrow Brighter Shade 4:30
  2. I Will Lay Me Down feat. Zac Brown John Driskell Hopkins & Balsam Range 3:39

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Outside Projects Make Zac Brown Band More Creative Together

The Zac Brown Band

By Riane Konc March 28, 2016 4:30 PM

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EXCERPT:

Adds John Driskell Hopkins, “I’ve always maintained that everybody in Zac Brown Band is a band leader. Coy [Bowles] and Clay [Cook] and I all have our own records and had them before we joined the band. Jimmy used to be one of the main driving forces of the Dave Matthews Cover Band, and they were playing 1,200-seat theaters. All the guys in the band have been music directors and very influential in their own careers before joining this band. So, basically, we’ve continued to live the way that we would normally live but also make our main focus Zac Brown Band.”

As Hopkins explains, their continuing outside projects fulfill a basic need to be independently creative.

“It’s a little tricky in terms of the schedule, but we’re a group of guys that have to create,” he says. “And I’ve been a band leader since I was, you know, 20, so it’s something that I don’t know how not to do it. I have to write my own songs. I have to sing them. And I have to be in front of the mic once in a while.”

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John Driskell Hopkins Takes Role in New Independent Film

John Driskell Hopkins of the Zac Brown Band
john driskell hopkins movie adolesence
Dave Kotinsky, Getty Images

John Driskell Hopkins is best known as a multi-instrumentalist and vocalist in Zac Brown Band, but when he’s not touring and recording with the group, he sometimes spends his days on movie sets. Hopkins has a General Theatre degree from Florida State University, took a role in 2015’s Careful What You Wish For and is now working on a second independent film, tentatively titled Adolescence.

“I’m a biker and a lead singer in a rock band, so it’s a big stretch for me,” Hopkins jokes with The Boot. “I’m looking forward to it. I’m getting to write some of the music for the movie as well; [I’m] excited for that.”

The artist began acting in high school and, after trying out “a bunch of unhappy majors that I just kept filtering through,” realized that theater was the right path for him.

“Theater was the most encompassing of my pursuits, because it had acting, it had singing,” Hopkins explains. “Sometimes I would play an instrument onstage or even in the pit once in a while.”

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The Holiday Album

In 2015, after much time, thought, energy and love… John Driskell Hopkins of Zac Brown Band brought his signature baritone voice to Christmas favorites in both a new and timeless setting with the help of Atlanta Pops Orchestra and some very special guests.  In 2016, they added new bonus tracks on a double Vinyl release for the nostalgia lover in all of us.

The Atlanta Pops Orchestra concluded their 70th Anniversary season with the release of this record, the first full length album recorded by the orchestra in over 30 years, and features brand new arrangements by Wes Funderburk of Christmas classics, including  “Blue Christmas” and “You’re a Mean One Mr. Grinch.”

Tap into a beautiful and nostalgic world, complete with soaring arrangements, expansive harmonies, and even humor! Iconic friends Indigo Girls help to light up the classic “Do You Hear What I Hear?,” bluegrass trailblazers Balsam Range bring the Appalachian mountains into view on “What Child Is This?,” and Laura Bell Bundy and JDH take “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” for a new spin.

Track Listing:

  • Away In A Manger
  • Do You Hear What I Hear? feat. Indigo Girls
  • O Holy Night
  • What Child Is This? feat. Balsam Range
  • Silver Bells
  • Blue Christmas
  • Baby, It’s Cold Outside feat. Laura Bell Bundy
  • The Christmas Song
  • You’re A Mean One, Mister Grinch / Welcome Christmas
  • Christmas Time Is Here
  • Silent Night
  • Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas

Produced & Engineered By: John Driskell Hopkins
Executive Producers: John Driskell Hopkins & Kevin Leahy
Executive Assistant: Nicole Jurovics

All songs arranged by Wes Funderburk, except “What Child is This?” (arranged by John Driskell Hopkins, Balsam Range and Wes Funderburk)
Atlanta Pops Orchestra recorded at 800 East Studios, Atlanta, GA, August 3 & 4, 2015
Engineered by Martin Kearns, assistant engineer Spencer Willis
Laura Bell Bundy recorded at Outloud Audio, Los Angeles, CA, August 11, 2015
Engineered by Stiv Schneider
Indigo Girls recorded at Silent Sound Studios, Atlanta, GA, August 12, 2015
Engineered by Thom “TK” Kidd, assistant engineer Kory Aaron
Balsam Range recorded at Crossroads Recording Studios, Arden, NC, July 22, 2015
Engineered by Van Atkins, vocals engineered by Buddy Melton
Mixed By: Thom “TK” Kidd at Silent Sound Studios, Atlanta, GA, September 2015,
Assistant engineer Courtney Horton
Mastered By: John Horesco IV at One Up Mastering, Atlanta, GA, October 2015
Indigo Girls appear courtesy of IG Recordings (Distributed by Vanguard Records,
a Division of Concord Music Group)
Balsam Range appears courtesy of Mountain Home Music Company
Album Illustration by Leighanne Schneider
Licensing by Harry Fox & Kobalt Music Group
Liner notes by Dr. Lyn Schenbeck

In The Spirit: A Celebration of the Holidays
Copyright 2015 Brighter Shade, LLC

Zac Brown Band’s John Driskell Hopkins on Unusual Inspirations

BY TOM MURPHY
Zac Brown Band will play the first show at Coors Field on Friday night.

“I ran [the open mike] on Tuesdays for probably two or three years,” says former ZBB bass player and current multi-instrumentalist and singer John Driskell Hopkins. “My main gig at that time was in the studio. For me, it was a great opportunity to find new talent in need of recordings. I would often offer a free song to the winner of the open mike. Sometimes those winners would record with me, or they would go on to other things. But it was a great way to meet a lot of the new writers in the Atlanta area.”

FULL ARTICLE: HERE

[homegrown] was the most-added song at country radio last week. Do you worry before releasing new work that it won’t work this time, and does that give you any kind of relief when it does work?

Well, you’re always excited to hear that people are enjoying it, and we’ve had lots of songs that I thought were really fantastic that have done really well, and some that have done pretty well, and some that we were surprised … that didn’t do as well as they should have, in our opinion. You kinda have to be ready for anything to happen, but what I will say about that is, we’re prepared to go the distance with what we believe to be the best that we can provide to our fans and to the world, whether it charts really well or not. We’re just hoping to continue to really provide the best quality that we can.


Excerpt from: Zac Brown Band’s John Driskell Hopkins Talks New Single, Upcoming Album + Pre-Super Bowl Gig By Sterling Whitaker

Zac Brown Band interview: John Driskell Hopkins

The Zac Brown Band

By Wade Tatangelo , Herald-Tribune
/ Wednesday, May 28, 2014

John Driskell Hopkins is pictured third from the right, next to Zac Brown, in this photo of the Zac Brown Band / Photo Credit: Cole Cassell/Southern Reel

Excerpt:

 

The Grammy-winning Zac Brown Band, an Atlanta-based group that plays a roots-y brand of country which genre-hops enough to appeal to the neo-hippies of the jam band scene, embarked last week on its “Great American Road Trip Tour.” It includes dates Thursday and Friday at the MidFlorida Amphitheatre on the Florida State Fairgrounds. It’s the first time in recent memory an act has played back-to-back dates at the 20,000-capacity shed in Tampa. The Zac Brown Band already sold out two shows next month at Fenway Park in Boston.

“It’s flattering and it’s amazing but it’s funny, too,” says Hopkins, a multi-instrumentalist most often seen wielding a guitar on stage. “We sold out Fenway two nights in a row but we can’t sell out Atlanta. We have lots of hometown friends here but there’s not, say, the same excitement as in Tampa and other places.”

 


FULL ARTICLE: http://ticket.heraldtribune.com/2014/05/28/zac-brown-band-interview-john-driskell-hopkins-talks-toes-kacey-musgraves-and-more-before-tampa-shows/