Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Christmas Music with William Price King – “Today Christ is born” – “There is no Rose” – “Behold the Star”

As we get closer to Christmas, William Price King shares more music to get us into the festive spirit.

Latin for “Today Christ is born” Hodie Christmas Natus Est is a Gregorian chant. There are many versions of this chant and this one was arranged as a motet by Francis Poulenc and is the finale of his Four Christmas Motets and sung by the SFSU Chamber Singers

Benjamin Britten’s “There is no Rose” is an excerpt from “A Ceremony of Carols, Op. 28” and performed by the CBC/McGill Youth Choir with harpist Valérie Milot and Conducted by Jordan de Souza.

“Behold the Star” is a Jubilee Carol composed (melody, text, and harmony) by Thomas Washington Talley in the first half of the 20th Century and published in 1922 by YWCA New York in « Folk Songs of Many People’s, » Vol. II. It is performed by the Morehouse/Spelman Choir.


William Price King is an American jazz singer, crooner, and composer.

His interest in music began at an early age when he studied piano and clarinet in high school. At Morehouse College in Atlanta where he grew up, he sang in the Glee Club and studied classical music. After graduation he went off to the Yale School of Music where he earned a Masters degree. From there he journeyed to New York where he created a jazz trio ‘Au Naturel’ which performed in some of the hottest venues in Manhattan including gigs on Broadway and the famous ‘Rainbow Room.’ These gigs opened doors for performances in Montreal and a European tour.

While touring Europe he met a lovely French lady, Jeanne Maïstre, who, a year later became his wife. King left the group ‘Au Naturel’ and settled in the south of France where he started a new life on the French Riviera, opening his own music school – the “Price King Ecole Internationale de Chant.” He has had the pleasure over the years of seeing many of his students excel as singers on a professional level, and some going on to become national celebrities. He continues to coach young singers today, in his spare time.

His debut jazz album was entitled “Home,” and was a collection of contemporary compositions he composed, with lyrics written by his wife Jeanne King. His second album was a Duo (Voice and Guitar) with Eric Sempé on the guitar. This album included original songs as well as well known standards from contemporary jazz and pop artists. The “King-Sempé” duo toured France and thrilled audiences for more than three years before going their separate ways. King has formed a new duo with French/Greek guitarist Manolis, and is now exploring new ideas, in a smooth jazz/soul/folk direction.

In addition to singing and composing, King has been collaborating with author Sally Cronin over the past few years on her blog “Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life,” with the series “A Man And His Music – Jazz, Contemporary, Classical, and Legends” and now, the “William Price King Music Column.” Working with author Sally Cronin has been an exhilarating experience in many ways and has brought a new dimension to King’s creative life. King has also created a micro blog, “Improvisation,” which features and introduces mostly jazz artists from across the jazz spectrum who have made considerable contributions in the world of jazz; and also artwork from painters who have made their mark in the world of art. This micro blog can be found on Tumblr.

His vocal mentors are two of the greatest giants in jazz, Nat King Cole and Mel Tormé. King has a distinctive wide-ranging voice which displays a remarkable technical facility and emotional depth.

William Price King on Tumblr – IMPROVISATION

Buy William’s music ITunes: William Price iTunes

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Thank you for dropping in today and I hope you have enjoyed the music…thanks William and Sally.

21 thoughts on “Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Christmas Music with William Price King – “Today Christ is born” – “There is no Rose” – “Behold the Star”

  1. How lovely I have to say that although I love some of the more raucous Merry Christmas Songs as a former chorister I love traditional choir and orchestra music alas I have to use headphones as my family don’t share my passion for too long…a bit mean I think…haha…Thank you, William and Sally …Merry Christmas xxx

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