Elvis’ Christmas Album is the fourth studio album and first Christmas album by American singer and musician Elvis Presley released October 15, 1957 on the RCA Victor Records label. This Christmas album consisted of four gospel songs and 8 classic Christmas songs such as Blue Christmas, O Little Town of Bethlehem, Here Comes Santa Claus, I’ll Be Home For Christmas and much more. The album has sold over 20 million copies worldwide. I was impressed on how Elvis used his unique voice to make these songs his own and how well this album was recorded and produced. Elvis would only record one more Christmas album in his long career. I highly recommend this album to your Christmas library.
Classic Christmas is the November 24, 2014 holiday album by Tim Rushlow And His Big Band released on the Row Entertainment Records label. Tim Rushlow was the lead vocalist of the Country supergroup Little Texas which recorded five albums and a greatest hits package on Warner Bros. Records. After leaving Little Texas he formed his Big Band following his love for Jazz and Big Band. On this twelve track album, Tim put his spin on such Christmas classics as Jingle Bells, Oh Holy Night, Edelweiss, I’ll Be Home For Christmas and much more as well as tracks I have heard for the first time such as What Do I Do With The Blue, A Soldiers Gift and others. I was impressed on how well this album was performed, recorded and produced. I recommend giving this album a listen and adding it to your Christmas music library.
Christmas Now is a October 8, 2013 holiday compilation released by the Now Christmas 5 label and distributed by the Concord Music Group. This thirty two track collection contains old and new Christmas classics such as White Christmas by Bing Crosby, Most Wonderful Time Of The Year by Andy Williams, Holly Jolly Christmas by Burl Ives, Santa Claus Is Coming To Town by Bruce Springsteen, My Grown Up Christmas List by Kelly Clarkson, The Christmas Song by Alvin & The Chipmunks (my favorite), Feliz Navidad by Jose Feliciano, Rudolph The Rednosed Reindeer by Gene Autry and so much more. This album was well compiled, performed, recorded and produced. If you are looking for the one Christmas album that would have practically all the standard Christmas favorites, then this is one you will want to add to your Christmas music library. You can find this album from Amazon, Itunes and all stores that carries CD’s and digital downloads.
Cool Christmas Blues is the September 4. 1998 album by Charles Brown ,responsible for one of the bluesiest Christmas tunes ever, Please Come Home for Christmas. This holiday album was released on the Bullseye Records label and distributed by the Concord Music Group. In addition to his classic hit there are such great tracks as Merry Christmas Baby, Santa’s Blues, Stay With Me, Christmas Comes Once A Year, A Song For Christmas and so much more. This album was well written, performed, recorded and produced. This is an album you will want to add to your Christmas music library. You can purchase this album at Amazon, Itunes, and everwhere else where CD’s and digital downloads are sold.
Thanks to my friends at The Concord Music Group and the Stax Music Label, I am proud to present Christmas In Soulsville, a fifteen track holiday album with some of the best of the Stax Records artists released January 1, 2007. Among some of my favorite tracks on this collection are Merry Christmas Baby (recorded by Otis Redding), The Mistletoe and Me (recorded by Issac Hayes), Santa Wants Some Lovin’ (recorded by blues legend Albert King), Please Come Home For Christmas (recorded by Little Johnny Taylor), and so much more. I was impressed by how well this album was performed, recorded and produced. This is a great addition to one’s Christmas music library. This album is available for purchase from Amazon, Itunes and everywhere else where CD’s, Vinyl, and digital downloads are sold.
With two more days till Christmas, I am proud to announce a Christmas album worth listening to this season. Very Merry Christmas is a November 9, 2019, release by Dave Barnes, celebrating with a new full-length Christmas album featuring five original songs and six Christmas classics released on the Razor and Tie Records label and distributed by the Concord Music Group. This is Dave’s first holiday album and includes a special guest appearance by Hillary Scott of Lady Antebellum on the track Christmas Tonight. Other notable tracks are the title track Very Merry Christmas, Family Tree, The Christmas Song, I’ll Be Home For Christmas and much more. I was impressed with Dave’s voice and how well this album was recorded and produced. I recommend this album to anyone’s Christmas music library. You can find this album on Amazon, Itunes and other places where CD’s and digital downloads are sold.
For my 621st review, I am proud to present Warmer in the Winter is the fourth studio album by violinist and composer Lindsey Stirling, released on October 20, 2017, on the Universal/Concord Records label. This amazing violinist who came in second on this past season of Dancing With The Stars shows her many talents. Lindsey gives her takes on such great tracks on this 13 song album as the title track Warmer In The Winter as well as Christmas standards Silent Night, Dance Of The Sugar Plum Fairy, Carol Of The Bells, Jingle Bell Rock and much more. I have been a fan of her music for some time. I also own her album called Shatter Me which I enjoyed very much. I am impressed by how well this album was performed, recorded and produced. Take a listen to this album and you will want to add this to your holiday library.
Christmas Is Here is the 20 October 2017 holiday album by Nashville recording artist Lucas Hoge released on the Rebel Engine Entertainment LLC Records label. This album is a mixture of standards and songs I have not heard before was very entertaining from start to finish. Among my favorite tracks on this album is the title track Christmas Is Here, White Christmas, Christmas Medley (giving his take on Christmas Classics), The Christmas Song, and The Christmas Present. Lucas has a great voice and fantastic instrumental backup and I was very impressed with how well this album was performed, recorded and produced. If you want something different to listen to this Christmas, I would highly recommend this album.
Someday at Christmas is American singer Jackie Evancho‘s second full-length Christmas album, and her seventh album overall, released October 28, 2016, on the Portrait Records label. This release consists of nine previously released tracks and three new tracks, Someday at Christmas and two versions of The Little Drummer Boy, one with Il Volo. There are great duets on this album also such as two songs sung with operatic tenor Placido Domingo which are Guardian Angels and Pie Jesu and my favorite track on this album Hallelujah featuring Peter Hollens. I enjoyed this album from start to finish and was impressed on how well this album is performed, recorded and produced. I highly recommend this album to your Christmas music library.
For my 601st review, I am proud to announce the sixth studio album and first holiday release by Fantasia, winner of the third season of American Idol. Christmas After Midnight was released October 6, 2017, on the Rounder Records label. Fantasia has had much success since 2004 when she won the American Idol competition and her voice is still as strong as show in such tracks of Christmas classics as This Christmas, Baby, It’s Cold Outside, Merry Christmas Baby, The Christmas Song, Silent Night, Santa Claus Go Straight To The Ghetto and much more. This album was well performed, recorded and produced. This album is a soulful way to enjoy this Christmas season. You can purchase this album from Amazon, Itunes, and other places where CD’s, Vinyl, and digital downloads are sold.