Virtual Program

Welcome to Christmas Back Home

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At last year's Christmas Back Home concerts, none of us had any idea of the things that were in store for us in the new year. The global pandemic of 2020 has changed the way the world celebrates the holidays with social distancing, drive by birthdays and graduations, and video conference calls. But one thing that never changes is humanity's shared love of music. It is our privilege and our blessing this year of all years, that we are able to bring a little bit of what we love about Christmas to your family. Whether you attend a live concert or join us online at our virtual concert, it is our sincerest wish that this show will bring a bit of happiness to you and yours this Christmas season. God bless.

**This year's performances are dedicated to our friend Jim Gibbons. 

Our Sponsors

This event would not be possible without the support of our wonderful sponsors, many of whom have been with us since the beginning. Please join us in thanking them with your gratitude and your patronage. 

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Meet the Band


J. Scott Thompson - Guitar, Vocals

A seasoned professional with over 20 years experience in the music business, Thompson has played with or opened for legendary artists such as Steve Cropper, Leon Russell, Jimmy Hall, and Charlie Daniels to name a few. He has gained the status of being one of hardest working musicians on the circuit playing 150+ live shows a year on stages from Maine to Florida to Colorado and all places in between. His first two albums, Meant to Be and Live at the High Lonesome, met with critical acclaim and adoring fan appreciation. 


Brent McDonald - Guitar, Vocals

Originally from Columbia South Carolina, Brent settled in the West Cobb area in 2010. Brent is a guitarist/vocalist and holds a bachelors degree in music performance from Lander University. He has been performing professionally and teaching for 20 years. Early in his career he spent seven years touring in an original rock band sharing the stage with national acts such as Maroon 5, Edwin McCain, and Vertical Horizon. Currently you can find Brent playing in the northwest Georgia area as a solo act or with the corporate band Big Day. When he is not on stage, coaching baseball, or chauffeuring kids around town, he enjoys spending time with his family. Brent has an amazing and extremely supportive wife, Brandy, and three beautiful and talented children Carter, Bennett, and
Ava. For more information about Brent go to 


Dave Schliesmann - Piano, Vocals, Arrangements

Born in Newfoundland, Canada, Dave learned to play music thanks to a very patient father. In true Canadian fashion, his father would teach him new songs during hockey game intermissions. Dave grew up playing mostly guitar in high school bands until the demand for keyboard players convinced him to change instruments. A passionate singer and songwriter, Dave’s warm vocal style and incredible musicianship lends itself to many styles of music. He is father to four beautiful children and a grandfather to one.


Jon Chalden - Drums

Atlanta-based drummer Jon Chalden been playing professionally for over 35 years. After graduating from the nationally-recognized jazz program at Decatur (IL) MacArthur High School directed by Jim Culbertson, he cut his teeth in various Midwest rock, jazz, and R&B acts, honing a very song-oriented style that has created an in-demand schedule of live and studio dates. He has performed and/or recorded with Chuck Berry, Sheryl Crow, Richard “Groove” Holmes, CCM artist Aaron Shust (including recording the 2007 Dove Awards Song Of The Year “My Saviour, My God”), Steve Fee,
Candi Pearson-Shelton, Oliver Wood of the Wood Brothers, Babbie Mason, Francine Reed, Brian Culbertson, Michael Gleason, Citizen Cope and many others.


Joe Reda - Bass

Joe is a versatile in-demand bassist with over 40 years of experience playing professionally.  Joe has performed live and recorded in just about every genre, with hundreds of artists including GMA and Dove award winning artist Babbie Mason and Grammy Award winning guitar heroes Earl Klugh and Larry Carlton. Joe plays regularly with the Atlanta's premier corporate party band The Rupert's Orchestra.  As the bassist of the praise team at Church of the Apostles, Joe regularly  plays with Mac Powell of Third Day as well as guest artists including Shane and Shane, Big Daddy Weave, Sara Groves and Aaron Shust, among others.  He is known for playing what is just right in each musical setting and making it feel great. Joe is a graduate of the Millikin University Commercial Music program, an American Federation of Musicians member and a voting member of the Recording Academy (Grammys). 


The Clocktower of Power 

An elite horn section for hire based out of Rome, Georgia. A collective of some of Northwest Georgia’s premier professional musicians, the Clocktower of Power has enhanced many of the area’s biggest musical productions with their hard-hitting, tight, and clean sound. Marc Johnson (saxophone/woodwinds/arrangements), Adam Daniel (trumpet/flugelhorn), and Anthony Avitollo (trombone) are the core members of the group and their years of experience working together result in truly impeccable performances in both live and studio settings.


Special Guest Performances

Bree Shannon - Vocals
Kari Nelson - Violin, Vocals

Carter McDonald - Piano, Vocals

Evan Arp - Vocals

Ava McDonald - Special Guest