2011 Holiday Music
These 17 songs are some of the finest that have been released for this holiday season. You'll find that old and new are mixed together so that original tunes like "Dear Santa" and "I've Got a Thing for Jack" (from Chris Standring & Kathrin Shorr's disc comprised of completely new holiday songs) are nestled in among revisitations to "Blue Christmas" and "Let It Snow," from the cast of FOX's Glee and David Ian's retro-sounding takes on "Home for the Holidays" and "The Christmas Song."
Broadway's represented in several ways. Tony Award winner John Lloyd Young delivers a "Santa Medley" from the disc that features members of the companies of Jersey Boys from around the world; and Max Von Essen (soon to be return to Broadway in Evita) sings "Just in Time for Christmas." In addition, Tony Award nominee Christiane Noll gives a genuinely moving rendition of Scott Alan's "A Mother's Wish (For Christmas Day)."
There are also two piano solos from songwriter Matt Conner, Shauna Burns offers up a haunting take on the "Carol of the Bells," and, from the original cast recording of Winter Wonderettes, there's a marvelous, long-forgotten gem -- "Suzy Santa," which should put a smile on even the Grinchiest folks' faces this season.
1. "Let It Snow" - Glee Cast - Glee: The Music, The Christmas Album Volume 2 (Columbia Records)
2. "Suzy Snowflake" - Darcie Roberts - Winter Wonderettes (LML Music)
3. "Dear Santa" - Chris Standring & Kathrin Shorr - Send Me Some Snow (Ultimate Vibe Recordings)
4. "Christmas in the Air" - Carole King - A Holiday Carole (Hear Music)
5. "Santa Medley" - John Lloyd Young - Seasons Greetings: A Jersey Boys Christmas (Rhino Records)
6. "A Mothers Wish (For Christmas Day)" - Christiane Noll, Scott Alan - A Mothers Wish (For Christmas Day) - Single (scottalan.net)
7. "Icicle" - Matt Conner - Snow (mattconner.org)
8. "Home For The Holidays" - David Ian - Vintage Christmas (Prescott Records)
9. "Just in Time for Christmas" - Max von Essen - Just in Time for Christmas - Single (maxvonessen.com)
10. "The Holly And The Ivy" - Matt Conner - Snow (mattconner.org)
11. "I've Got A Thing For Jack" - Chris Standring & Kathrin Shorr - Send Me Some Snow (Ultimate Vibe Recordings)
12. "Blue Christmas" - Glee Cast - Glee: The Music, The Christmas Album Volume 2 (Columbia Records)
13. "The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire)" - Acacia - Vintage Christmas (Prescott Records)
14. "The Man With The Bag" - Darcie Roberts - Winter Wonderettes (LML Music)
15. "Medley: Jingle Bell Rock, Let It Snow, The Most Wonderful Time of the Year" - Il Volo - Special Christmas Edition (Rentor / Geffen records)
16. "Carol Of The Bells" - Shauna Burns - A Winter Gathering (Red Rock Music)
17. "Do You Hear What I Hear" - Rick Faugno - Seasons Greetings: A Jersey Boys Christmas (Rhino Records)
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