Janesville teacher, his siblings produce Christmas album
Adrian Farris grew up in Monroe, where every year since he was in his teens, he and four of his siblings have put on a Christmas Eve concert at their church.
The group put out a cassette in 1992 but no other recordings—until now.
Adrian, now 36, teaches music at Madison and Monroe elementary schools in Janesville. Some might also know him as the keyboardist for the local band Johnny Can't Stop.
Adrian and his brothers and sister have just released a 17-song CD titled "Another Farris Christmas."
This CD contains 15 traditional Christmas tunes such as "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing," "Do You Hear What I Hear?" "The First Noel" and "What Child Is This?"
It also has two original instrumental compositions by the eldest Farris, Richard. They are "The Holly and the Ivy" and "Through the Snow."
Adrian said he and his far-flung sibs have been working on the recording since 2005. Final mastering for the album was completed this past October in Nashville.
The $12 CD can be purchased online at FarrisFamily
Christmas.com or at Studio 107 Spa and Salon, 107 W. Milwaukee St., Janesville, as well as at the Schultz Pharmacy in downtown Monroe.
The band members owe their musicality to their mother, a longtime music teacher who taught them piano, Adrian said. The concerts began when the parish priest asked her if her children would perform at a Mass.
For those who have heard the Farrises live, the album is true to the sound that the Farris family delivered in its concerts, according to a news release.
Adrian said the band's style is adult contemporary. He said that when they play live, they sometimes cover Josh Groban songs.
In addition to Adrian and Richard, the band includes Jenifer, Gerard and Jonathan. They also have a brother Chris, an artist.
The band performs almost exclusively at Christmas.
For those who want to see them live, the band is scheduled to perform, as usual, as part of a Mass set for 4 p.m. Christmas Eve at St. Victor's Catholic Church in Monroe.
"It's a blast. We have a great time every year," Adrian said.