This project was created by Phil Harris and Antonia Cove, in partnership with John Lozier of the National Health Care for the Homeless Council.
Phil Harris produced and engineered the project at his East Nashville Studio, PH Balanced Recordings. Both he and Antonia Cove were executive producers for the project.
Phil Harris and Antonia Cove met at East Nashville’s Family Wash while both attending a Chris Scruggs concert. Phil gave up his seat at the bar so the pretty lady could sit down, and over the next few years they formed a lasting and loving partnership. This Christmas Project is the result of their love for each other, this music, and the wonderful community that brought them together.
Born and raised in NYC, Antonia Cove has been apart of Nashville’s artistic community since 2007. After completing a dual degree in Musicology and Political Science at The New School University, Antonia moved to Music City, Where she has worked in many entertainment industry fields including PR, Publishing, and virtual media.
A summer internship with the Country Music Hall Of Fame, led Antonia to a position with an established Public Relations firm in Nashville, where she represented high profile clients such as Hank Williams Jr., Lynyrd Skynyrd, and Ricky Skaggs. Her next turn was Creative Director for a Music Row publishing house.
Antonia has has always believed that music has the ability to positively influence society and has been involved with the WMBA (Women’s Music Business Association), SOLID (Society of Leaders in Development) and The Manhattan Institute Young Leaders.
A talented and established songwriter in her own right, Antonia began performing in New York City clubs before she was old enough to even get in. As a teenager, she was booking herself into historic venues like The Bitter End, CBGB’s, The Cornelia Street Cafe, Rockwood Music Hall, and Kenny’s Castaways.
She continues to write and perform her own material, while also lending her professional skills to other like-minded artists through her creative services company Artisan Empire.
For Phil Harris, music is a way of life. After leaving his longtime job as a chef, Phil went on tour with the Grateful Dead. Hundreds of concerts later, he emerged in Nashville and began his new life as an engineer. Those early adventures fueled his intense passion for music, which he has carried with him to this day. Phil was born in Pensacola, FL, grew up in the great city of New Orleans, and spent time bouncing around Colorado, Oklahoma, and California. After moving to Nashville in 1997, Phil began taping concerts, running sound, and occasionally tending bar at the legendary Station Inn. The many years of practice eventually led to starting his own recording studio, where he has gained a stellar reputation for his ability to produce and engineer all types of music. 15 years later, he is one of Nashville’s most sought after engineers for his acute ability to capture the energy of a great performance. Both onstage and in the studio, he brings his experience and enthusiasm to every artist he works with.