NASHVILLE — “The Littlest Star” is shining again with the release of a new single by Nashville singer-songwriter Chuck Whiting.
The classic holiday tune was first recorded by country legend Margo Smith in 2000. It hit several singles charts and continues to be heard every Christmas season on radio and online media platforms.
“Writers of a dear song sometimes want to release their own versions,” said Whiting, who recorded “The Littlest Star” at Nashville’s Eastside Sound in November 2021. “It’s a wonderful feeling to bring the music and story back to life. I loved working on it again.”
|"The Littlest Star" book cover (artwork by Robert Roberg)|
The original “The Littlest Star: a musical story” features an EP with performances by Smith, Grammy-nominated guitarist Denny Jiosa, and Nashville Chamber violinist Conni Ellisor. The hard cover book features original artwork by Smithsonian-exhibited American folk artist Robert Roberg, who also co-wrote the song with Whiting. A play based on the book has been developed for future staging. The CD and book are available from Shine Time Records and Books in Nashville.
The story centers on The Littlest Star, the tiniest star of all. All of the other stars were dispatched on their missions, but he was left in God’s pocket all alone. Finally, after thousands of years, he was polished up and sent out on the most important mission in the Universe.
'The Littlest Star' video (By Chuck Whiting)
“It’s a very moving tale that combines fantasy with truth,” Whiting
added. “Various books, songs and plays based on the same theme have been
released since we first introduced the song and book in the late 1990s
and early 2000s. The story is deeply touching and needs to be told.”
The latest single features performances by violinist/mandolinist Myles Thompson, vocalist/guitarist/studio engineer Angel Pontier, and vocalist Katie Brooks. The song is Copyright 1988 by Striking Moon Music (ASCAP).
|Bethlehem (artwork by Robert Roberg)|
“The Littlest Star (A Christmas Story)” can be heard for free on YouTube and other online media platforms.
Listeners can follow Chuck Whiting on Instagram and Facebook @Chuck.Whiting and @MusicCityArts.
|Don't Be Blue (artwork by Robert Roberg)|