|Sleeping at Last's Ryan O'Neal|
Founded as a three-piece band in 1999 in Wheaton, Illinois, Sleeping at Last now consists of a single musician, Ryan O'Neal, who plays guitar and keyboards, and sings. The band released four albums of original material and toured nationally before it was winnowed down to O'Neal, but Sleeping at Last is perhaps best known for contributing songs to various film and TV projects, including Gray's Anatomy, Private Practice and The Twilight Saga. In 2011, the band launched a project called Yearbook, which involved releasing three new songs on the first day of each month for a year. These monthly releases were later collected and released as an album.
If you live in the Los Angeles or Glen Elyn, Illinois areas, you will have an opportunity to see Sleeping at Last perform live this December. Information on their upcoming performances is available on the group's Songkick page. In the meantime, download and enjoy The Christmas Collection (below). While the download is free as the band's holiday gift to you, any donations made through the group's Noisetrade page will be paid to St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital.
I've really been taken this year by the traditional hymn Oh Come, Oh Come Emmanuel, as you will hear first-hand on my upcoming new mix. The version that kicks-off The Christmas Collection is simply stunning.