NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – If you’ve ever taken a tour at the beloved Fontanel Mansion, chances are, your tour guide is now a musician signed to their own artist-run music label.
With the help of owners, Mark and Christa Marie Oswald, creative Director Vance Nichols, alongside co-workers Jennifer Leigh and Steven Whitson just released their first album in time for the holidays.
“Mark announces, you guys are really great. I think I’m going to open a record label,” Leigh recalled. “FontanelRecords.com was spun from that and he handed it over to us as employees. He said, ‘Show me what you all can do.’ So he handed it to us and we got to run with it.”
Their work, found on their first album “Fontanel Family Christmas,” includes holiday favorites such as, “Away in a Manager” and “Jingle Bells.”
The album, according to Nichols, has a country, gospel, bluegrass, Celtic-feel on some songs and more of a classical and rock feel on others.
“I think what makes our album special is again we are all a family and we’ve come together and put forth so much heart and soul into this, and you can tell. When you listen to this album you can hear the hard work,” Whitson said.
Leigh added, “It was a big collaborative effort. Everyone kind of jumped in and helped each other.”
The popular Fontanel Mansion, a log home, previously belonged to Country Music Hall of famer Barbara Mandrell.