High Valley Say It Wasn’t Christmas Until They Performed
High Valley come from a big family, which made the holidays extra special. However, as brothers Curtis and Brad Rempel explain, it never quite felt like Christmas until the family performed at church the morning of Dec. 25.
"Brad and I are two of six siblings, [plus] our mom and dad," Curtis explains. "It was our church's tradition to have the Rempel family sing on Christmas morning. It really wasn't Christmas until the Rempel family sang 'Mary's Boy Child.'"
For those who haven't heard the song, it isn't a Rempel family original. In fact, "Mary's Boy Child" is by a European band called Boney M, Brad shares.
More familiar Christmas carols the Rempel family often sang included "Away In a Manger" and "Christmas Times A' Comin," which Brad first remembers hearing from Sammy Kershaw. Curtis said the family often sang traditional Christmas songs--in fact, a Canadian Christmas didn't exactly mean very different music than what Americans listen to around the holidays.
"It wasn't like, 'Hey, we're Canadian. This is Christmas music,'" Brad adds. "Just normal, American Christmas songs."
Christmas will be extra special this year as Curtis and his wife welcomed their second child into the world earlier this year. This makes both Curtis and Brad fathers of two; and fittingly, their kids had some inspiration on their album Dear Life. The title track, "Dear Life," is in many ways a letter to their kids, Brad tells Taste of Country Nights. There's a line that goes, "You think you'll stay forever but someday you won't," that's inspired by his 5- and 7-year-old's dreams.
“My kids always talk about how when they get married they wanna live in the upstairs of our house, and me and my wife can live in the basement,” Brad says.
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