A Silent Night In Bethlehem

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Oakland Press Feature Article

Song inspired from the poem of John Schamante, Jr.  (cir 1948)

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A Special Christmas Song!
by Kevin O'Neill of WNIC Detroit Radio
Saturday 12-22-2007 11:39am ET
This past summer 73 yr. old John Schamante presented his daughter, Anita Irons, with a poem that he had written at the age of 13 for a Modern Literature class. Anita read the words and decided right then and there that these beautiful words needed to be put into song. I think you'll agree when you listen to the Schamante Sisters, Anita and Tina, along with the brilliant arrangement of Mark Heckert, on "A Silent Night in Bethlehem." Enjoy and have a Merry Christmas!

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A Personal Message:
We are extremely proud of our dad for writing such beautiful words.  Some 60 years later, Anita put to a melody and sings in pure voice with sister, Tina (harmony & background vocals).  The majestic accompaniment and arrangement is the talents of Mark Heckert, who also engineered and produced at his studio, Digiscore Productions.  It was presented to Dad (JR) on Christmas day 2007.  The awesome artwork was done by our dear cousin, Rick Utykanski.  Truly, a family project!!!

All have contributed their gifts and talents and we believe it was through the Holy Spirit that this became the song that it is.  This site was created in response to our song and continues to be under contstruction.

We are grateful to Kevin O'Neill-WNIC, Shelly Johnson-Suburban Lifestyle Magazine, Sandra Newman- Borders of Rochester and Annette Kingsbury-O&E Rochester for their kindness and generous support. 
Thank you, everyone for listening and making it part of your Christmas music collection.

John, Anita, Tina & Mark.


Makes a great gift of music for just $7 each

We are invited by Borders in Rochester Hills on Sat., Dec. 19 from 2-6pm to showcase our Dad's beautiful song. Stop in and get your copy or order from this site.

Join us at Borders (click for link)

Kevin O'Neill of WNIC Detroit Radio

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