City of Peace Media announces the digital release today of Olive Tree, the instrumental CD from critically acclaimed, award-winning Christian guitarist Sean Spicer. The project has created a buzz among fans of free-form guitar, following on the heels of Spicer’s recent Jazz/Blues Song of the Year Covenant Award win for his Keith Green-inspired composition, “No Compromise.”
Olive Tree, which released through Christian retailers in March, is now available for purchase and download via iTunes, Amazon mp3, Napster, Rhapsody, CDBaby and other online digital music stores.
An 11-song collection of original material, Olive Tree weaves cool, bluesy melodic riffs into warm, jazz-fusion melodies to create an electrifying atmosphere that evokes a spirit of peace. Eleven different electric and acoustic guitars were used during the recording process, including the ESD-1275 (6- and 12-string double neck), as well as the Gibson 1959 Les Paul re-issue, a nylon string classical guitar, 6- and 12-string acoustic guitars, Gibson jazz guitars (ES-345 and ES-137 classic), a few Les Pauls, an SG standard and the E-bow. Olive Tree encompasses a range of genres from swirling, ethereal smooth jazz and knee-bending worship arias to rejoicing jazz fusion numbers, making it impossible to pigeonhole. Spicer has been influenced by musicians as varied as David Gilmour (Pink Floyd), Alex Lifeson (Rush) and Andy Summers (The Police), as well as Phil Keaggy and Larry Carlton’s contemporary jazz fusion.
Spicer might not be a household name in the United States yet, but he is no stranger to the international stage. Picking up the guitar at age 9, Spicer trained formally at Humber College and the Royal Conservatory of Music, and was playing professionally by the time he reached 17. He has shared the stage with mainstream legends such as Nazareth, as well as Christian music superstars like Jars of Clay and Avalon. He is currently opening for label-mate Jordan Elias on tour and serving as the lead guitarist of Elias’s band.
Spicer’s Olive Tree is available through City of Peace Media and Provident-Integrity Distribution. For more information on Spicer and Olive Tree, visit cityofpeace.com.