I normally don’t review individual songs but I am making an exception on this one. Yes I know it is a month after Christmas, I felt I needed to do this review since I was unable to do it earlier. The song is The Sound of Christmas by Betsy Walter and Vince Constantino. This song was very well written, performed and recorded. This song sounds like the style you would have heard during the big band era. This song has great vocals and great backup band. I am looking forward to more music by this artist.
I know Christmas is over and weird time to do a Christmas album review but I felt I need to do this one ‘Tis The Season by Jordan Smith an American singer and musician from Harlan, Kentucky. This is Jordan’s second studio album and first Christmas album released October 2016 on the Republic Records label. He adds his soulful sound to such songs as Ave Maria, O Holy Night, What Child is This and may others. I even liked his version of You’re A Mean One Mr. Grinch. The only disappointment is that he did not include the song Mary Did You Know that he performed in the finale of The Voice. This is one artist that we will keep buying music of for our library. I am hoping that they will start releasing his music on Vinyl.
Christmas Past is a holiday album by blues artist Lew Jetton on Coffee Street Records. This six track album contain two original songs Christmas Past and Christmas With My Baby and four original classics which he made the songs his own. I am looking forward to listen to their regular music. You can find this album on itunes, cd baby and on their website LewJettonmusic.com
Christmas with T. Graham Brown is a Christmas album by country superstar T. Graham Brown released October 2015 on the Mansion Records label. I have been a fan of his since 1986 when he had his hit I Tell It Like It Used To Be. His voice is as powerful as it was back in the 80’s. I looked to find out he is only two months younger than me.My favorite cuts off this eleven track album are I’ll Be Home For Christmas, Run Run Rudolph, Away in a Manger and one that really made me laugh Santa Claus Is Coming In A UFO. This album was very well performed and produced. This is a great add to your Christmas library.
A Silverado Family Christmas is a compilation of great Christmas songs by various artists on the Silverado Records label. Among the great songs on this album are Snow Day by Zack Dyer, I’ll Be Home For Christmas by Joe Diffie, Blue Christmas by Tony Winkler, Christmas Time For Just You and Me by Crystal Yates and so much more. This album was very well performed and recorded. This is one album I will be playing during this Christmas Season. This album is available on Amazon.com
Nollaig is a Christmas Album by Irish singer songwriter and guitar playing minstrel Keith Harkin. This is his third album released on November 11, 2016 on the Blue Elan Records label. Keith has a strong voice and gives a powerful performance on this album. Even though I loved his rendition of several traditional songs on this album, the ones that grabbed my attention was songs as Merry Christmas You’ve Been On My Mind, The River, 2000 Miles, No Love Dying and several others. I will be anxious to hear his other two albums. This album is available on amazon.com and keithharkin.com and itunes.
Magical Memories is a Christmas album recorded by Americana artist John Tracy. This is his 5th studio album released in 2016 on Sound Cafe Records. This album is a collection of Holiday classics re-arranged and adapted to John Tracy’s acoustic guitar styling. He made many of the songs his own, some songs I did not recognize till I looked at the jacket. My favorite songs off this album were his instrumentals of Greensleeves and White Christmas, When God Became Who I Am, Christmas Time is Here, Count Your Blessings and other tracks. This is a nice album to add to your Christmas library. You can purchase this album at http://johntracymusic.com/product/magical-memories/
O Holy Night is the official debut Christmas EP by American child singer Jackie Evancho. The album was released on November 16, 2010, only two months after Evancho rose to prominence as a finalist on the reality TV show America’s Got Talent. Evancho was ten years old when this EP was released. O Holy Night debuted at #2 on the Billboard 200 with 239,000 copies sold in its first week and sold 142,000 copies in its second week. Disc one consist of four songs including Silent Night, Oh Holy Night, Pie Jesu, and Panis Angelicus. Disc two is a DVD of a song she recorded on you tube for her audition and four performances on America’s Got Talent such as Time To Say Goodbye, Ave Maria and much more. This is a great album to add to your Christmas music library.
Extravergine is a Christmas album recorded by Italian tenor Micheal Castaldo released November 15, 2011 on the Vital Records label. This Christmas album was well performed as all these great classics are sung in Italian and well recorded. This twelve track album contains such great works as O Holy Night, Little Drummer Boy, What Child is This, Oh Come All Ye Faithful and so much more. This is a Christmas Album you want to add to your library.
Winter Symphony is the 4th studio album by multi award winning American pianist, violinist, composer, performing artist, and recording artist Jennifer Thomas. This 12 track Christmas album this album was released on 20 November 2015 on the Tickled Ivory Music label. The great cuts on this album are Carol Of The Bells, Alleluia, Ice Dance, Silent Night and my favorite cut is O Holy Night. If you are looking for a great album to listen to during this Holiday season, I would highly recommend this one.