As Christmas approaches, millions of people will find their old favorite holiday albums. You know, the same ones that they’ve been listening to for decades.
Not that there is anything wrong with it. We love hearing tracks from “The Magic of Christmas” by Nat King Cole, “Merry Christmas” by Johnny Mathis, “A Charlie Brown Christmas” by the Vince Guaraldi Trio, “Christmas Wishes” by Anne Murray and other classics from same kind during this most wonderful time of the year.
Yet we also love to hear new Christmas albums – of which there is never a shortage, as countless pop / country / rock stars produce new products every year in hopes of finding their albums wrapped up under. a fair amount of Christmas trees on December 31st. 25.
Here’s a look at some of the best new seasonal deals from 2021, all of which can be heard through major streaming services. So, make room between Mathis and Murray and release some of these cool new Christmas albums this season.
“When Christmas comes …”, Kelly Clarkson
The multi-talented superstar, who must feature high on all of Hollywood’s busiest celebrity list, returns with her second Christmas offering. Like the first seasonal release (2013’s “Wrapped in Red”), “When Christmas Comes Around …” is a wonderful showcase for Clarkson’s pristine and versatile vocal work. The album is at times fiery and sassy, like when the singer informs a certain person that “Christmas is not canceled (just you)”, but mostly full of fun because Clarkson seems to be having the best time of her life. “Rockin ‘Around the Christmas Tree” and singing “Jingle Bell Rock”.
“King Size Bird Feeder,” Josh Turner
Josh Turner is fortunate to be one of the best, and certainly the most distinctive, voices in all of country music. The multi-platinum artist puts those crystal-clear, deep vocals to good use on his Christmas debut album, four of the 11 tracks of which are originals. Highlights include Turner joined by his wife and four sons on ‘Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas’, the collaboration with Grammy-winning bluegrass artist Rhonda Vincent on ‘Joy to the World’ and ‘Mele Kalikimaka My’ Ohana “with ukulele master Jake Shimabukuro and the acclaimed Hawaiian trio Ho’okena.
“I don’t want Christmas to end”, Zach Williams
Listeners won’t want this Christmas album to end. It’s one of the best seasonal deals in years, filled with intriguing interpretations of traditional favorites. Discover the rowdy and southern rock version of “Go Tell It on the Mountain”; the supercharged “Run Run Rudolph” which should appeal to fans of Chuck Berry; and the moving story (Memphis) of “Mary, did you know? Truly, “I Don’t Want Christmas to End” is worth playing long after December 25th.
“How does Christmas sound?” »Kirk Whalum
The acclaimed saxophonist answers his own question by delivering a batch of seasonal tunes to fans. Whalum, whose many accomplishments include the saxophone solo on Whitney Houston’s hit rendition of “I Will Always Love You,” is in great shape as he tackles “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” and ” All I Want for Christmas Is You. “
“The Season”, Steve Perry
Journey devotees will certainly want to celebrate “The Season” – Perry’s first Christmas album and only his second full solo release since leaving the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in the late ’90s. Obviously, the fans failed to hear his voice, as the first few weeks of sales for this collection of standards saw “The Season” debut at No. 6 on the pop charts.
“It’s Christmas”, Tasha Layton
The formidable pop singer, who won a lot of airtime this year with the inspiring single “Look What You’ve Done”, shines brightly on this seasonal six-song offering. Layton covers a fair amount of musical territory, from a light cover of comedian Heywood Banks’ “Diddly Squat” to a magnificent rendition of the classic “O Holy Night”, and each of the six tracks is a winner.
“A Different Christmas”, Bryson Tiller
The R&B star is doing a good job with her first collection of holiday songs, with contributions from Justin Bieber, Kiana Ledé, Poo Bear, Tayla Parx and Tiller’s daughter, Halo. Tiller reportedly got the idea for the project from thinking about what it’s like to spend Christmas alone – something he himself has done in the past. “I was watching Christmas movies and next to a Christmas tree and it was a weird day. And I was like, ‘I can’t even imagine what it would be like to do that this year,’ ”he said in an interview with Essence.
“We need Christmas”, Matthew West
After delivering one of the greatest Thanksgiving songs of all time – the incredible “Gobble Gobble” of 2020 – this popular Nashville singer-songwriter turns his attention to a different holiday. This is West’s second premier seasonal release, following “The Heart of Christmas” in 2011, and features a solid mix of holiday standards and new inspired material (like the title track). And, yes, it also contains “Gobble Gobble” – which, we caution you, can take weeks to get out of your head once it’s in it.
And one also for Thanksgiving fans: