It’s officially Christmas music time! Chris made me wait until after Thanksgiving, but now it’s finally time. This year, I went in a different direction than my usual playlist of old school Avalon, Amy Grant, and Mariah Carey and added some new blood.
Wake Up – Matt Wertz
Has kind of a classic, light jazz feel with a horn section and Matt’s voice is smooth with just a touch of blues. It’s a happy song.
The First Noel/Mary Mary – Sarah McLachlan
Her Christmas album is one of the best and this medley is gorgeously original. She really shows off a higher range that she hasn’t used in years.
O Come, O Come Emmanuel – Enya
Classic Enya. Just her haunting voice and she even uses the original Latin. Perfect for a snowy midnight.
Mary, Did You Know? – David Phelps
Powerhouse David Phelps really nails this one. It’s also one of my favorite, less common Christmas songs.
God, Rest Ye Merry Gentleman – Colorfair
Has a similar feel to that Barenaked Ladies version of the song if it was also combined with the sound of The Civil Wars. Love the use of chimes and bells.
It Snowed – Meaghan Smith
Very old school jazzy, lounge music. I don’t know if this is an original song or not, but it feels like a classic already.
The Christmas Song – The Raveonettes
Not the Nat King Cole song. This is a charming little ditty that sounds like it should be in every Christmas commercial, but isn’t.
All I Want For Christmas Is You – Mariah Carey
Gotta have it. It’s overplayed and so over the top, but it only comes around once a year and it’s so fun to loudly scream-sing.
Do You Hear What I Hear? – Whitney Houston
My favorite version of this song. There will never be another voice like Whitney’s.