Sunday, December 16, 2012

New Music for the Holidays 2012

Perhaps my best entry yet - this is a collection of new  released for the 2012 Holidays. HAPPY HOLIDAYS AND ENJOY!

Christmas Kiss from Steven Curtis Chapmans 4th Christmas album Joy
A christian rock artist from Kentucky, Steven started in 1987. Since then he's won 5 Grammys and raised money for every natural disaster in the last 15 years.  I like it when one practices what the preach.  Beautiful Christmas kiss. :)

Christmas in Heaven from Scotty McCreery's album Christmas with Scotty McCreery
From North Carolina, this country sweetheart stole America's attention when he won Idol in 2011.  Scotty has a baby face and a grownup voice.  His Christmas album really brings to the audience a warm southern drawl holiday feeling. Bring on the Yukon Jack.

Merry Christmas Darling from Christina Perri's album Something About December
I. Forgot about this Jar of Hearts starlet, but you won't after hearing her rendition of the Carpenters holiday hit Merry Christmas Darling. Christina has managed to change an otherwise depressing melancholy Christmas favorite.  She's only recorded one album, and this is her 3rd EP.  I'm looking forward to more of Christina.

A Working Elf theme song from Polyphonic Spree's album Holidaydream
I've already downloaded this fantastic theme song for my heritage (my name means king of the elves).  From Texas, Polyphonic Spree has recorded 3 albums since their start in 2000.  I'm just enamored by this album. Yes yes yes.

A Holly Jolly Christmas from Lady Antebellum's album On This Winters Night
I have a hard time with this Tennessee country band.  I know, they are well loved, ranking in the Grammy awards.   
And the odd thing is I love Country Christmas music yet still am not turned on by one track on this album.  This Holly Jolly Christmas is the only one that didn't make me want to poke my eyeball.

Red suited super man feat. Trombone Shorty from Rod Stewarts album Merry Christmas Baby
This Brit Faces star wrote this very cheeky Christmas song.  Actually as much as I rolled my eyes at the thought that Rod came out with a Christmas album, I enjoyed each track. Well done Mr. Stewart.  I'm a fan, and this didn't make me choke. 

All I need in love, feat the Muppets from Ceelo Greens album Ceelo's Magic Moment
I've grown into the biggest Ceelo fan this year.  I love his duet with Selah Sue, and I love his white cat.  This Georgia smooth operator has blown the ceiling of a Christmas album tradition.  With Mr Grinch, I can't go back to hearing any other version.  And incorporating the Muppets? Yes please! 

Away in the Manger from Katherine Jenkins album This is Christmas
This classically trained songstress from Wales sang at Pope John Paul's jubilee.  Stunning and poised woman who sings this album perfectly.

December Lights from Andre Rieu's album Home for the Holidays
This violinist from The Netherlands has been conducting and plucking since 1978.  Incredibly gifted, he has delivered us a instrumental holiday album that will rival Kenny G's in my book (yes this is a compliment). 

Killers single I feel it in my Bones
Saw them live last week and let me tell you, I still feel it in my bones.

Lumberjack Christmas/No one can save you from Christmas Past from Sufjan Stevens album Silver and Gold
Oh how I love what Sufjan Stevens does to manipulate traditional Christmas songs and turn them into unusual modern indie hits.  

The Christmas Waltz from Olivia Newton John and John Travolta's album This Christmas
Well, this might be the best Christmas present ever, our favorite musical team reunited.  It's more cheesy than Grease 2 but you can't help but cry during this video: I think you might like it... 

Let there be peace on earth, feat Kenny Loggins from Richard Marx album Christmas Spirit
Can you really go wrong with a Loggins/Marx duet? Yes, yes you can.  I am still crying.... hahahahahahahaha

Oklahoma Christmas feat Reba McEntire from Blake Shelton's album Cheers it's Christmas
Blake is a country gent from Oklahoma, emerged in 1998.  He's been exposed to more than just country fans since he's been a judge on the reality show The Voice.  Also you may have heard of him if you watch The Grammys, as he has been awarded several.  Country fan or not, please give this kickin original song a chance.  

Tinsel and Lights from Tracy Thorn's album Tinsel and Lights
I couldn't trace in my memory who Tracy Thorn is til I woke up to her singing on NPR sunday morning.  Oh course! EVERYTHING BUT THE GIRL! Her and her musical partner/husband survived working together for a long time, and just wait til you hear her Christmas solo album. 

Baby its cold outside feat. Gavin DeGraw from Colbie Caillat's album Christmas in the Sand
This Malibu gem once (or twice) auditioned for Idol with her original music and the ousted her.  Just another reason to pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and start all over again!  This girl has won a Grammy for Album of the Year. No, not new artist, or 'pop song', but ALBUM.  That's another in your face Idol moment like Jennifer Hudson winning the Oscar. This a sugar sweet album from Colbie but there are a few tracks I'd actually purchase.   Plus this version of one of my favs is pretty darned cute with Gavin. Nice choice, Ms Caillat.  I'm officially impressed and am looking forward to your anticipated 3rd non holiday album (being recorded as I type).

Be mine for Christmas from Kems album What Christmas Means
Born in Tennessee, Kem Owens started in 2002.   He will burn his 'kemistry' all night long with his R&B just to see you smile.   

Oh Hanukkah Groove feat Frank London Big Band from the compilation The Best of Festival Lights
Mr London is a incredibly gifted Jewish musician from New York who contributed to this sole Hanukkah album. 

White Christmas from Glee's 3rd Christmas album 
Everybody loves flirting on ice. Just watch.

Senor Santa (Mister Santa) feat Y La Bamba from the compilation Holidays Rule
This band is from Portland and even though this album has many many great ones (Rufus Wainwright, Heartless Bastards, fun., Andrew Bird) I just love this song. Its so original and I had no idea they are from Portland.

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