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Fill your holiday stocking with Cher, Ella Fitzgerald, Brandy, Andrea Bocelli and more

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Holiday Albums

Enhance your holiday season with the timeless melodies of legendary artists. While the holiday classics are undeniably wonderful, they take on a new dimension when delivered by some of the most exceptional talents spanning various genres, from pop and R&B to rock and opera. In honor of this enchanting time of year, The Big Big News’ Music Writer, Maria Sherman, has meticulously curated a selection of the finest new holiday releases to elevate your festive spirit. These albums promise to breathe fresh life into cherished holiday standards, making your celebrations truly memorable.

Ella Fitzgerald, “Ella Wishes You A Swinging Christmas”
Ella Fitzgerald’s 1960 holiday masterpiece has earned its place as one of the greatest of all time. Now, you can relish in the magic of her iconic renditions on a collectible vinyl release. This timeless gem is a gift idea that’s anything but ordinary.

Cher, “Christmas”
Cher’s inaugural holiday album is a star-studded affair featuring A-list collaborators like Cyndi Lauper, Stevie Wonder, Darlene Love, Michael Bublé, and even rapper Tyga. With tracks ranging from “Put A Little Holiday In Your Heart” to “Drop Top Sleigh Ride,” there’s something here to captivate every musical palate.

Brandy, “Christmas with Brandy”
For those seeking a sultry and soulful holiday experience, R&B sensation Brandy delivers in style. “Christmas with Brandy” offers imaginative interpretations of Christmas classics and originals, including the steamy “Christmas Party for Two.” It’s a holiday album with a touch of PG-13 allure.

Chicago, “Chicago Greatest Christmas Hits”
Chicago fans, rejoice! This album compiles holiday tracks from the band’s extensive Christmas discography, making it the perfect addition to your festive collection. The red and green vinyl adds an extra touch of holiday cheer.

Andrea, Matteo, and Virginia Bocelli, “A Family Christmas”
Italian opera virtuoso Andrea Bocelli collaborates with his son Matteo and daughter Virginia for a heartwarming deluxe edition of their first album together. With new recordings including “Let It Snow” and “Winter Wonderland,” this album showcases the beauty of family harmony during the holiday season.

Wheatus, “Just A Dirtbag Christmas”
Inject some levity into your holiday celebrations with Wheatus, known for their ’90s hit “Teenage Dirtbag.” “Just a Dirtbag Christmas” features a string quartet version of their iconic song, along with humorous and holiday-appropriate tracks like “You Made Me Believe in Christmas.” It’s a delightful departure from the usual holiday seriousness.

David Foster and Katharine McPhee, “Christmas Songs”
For traditionalists, David Foster and Katharine McPhee offer jazz-infused, theatrical interpretations of Christmas classics. Their immense talent, combined with The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square, delivers a nostalgic and satisfying holiday experience.

Luther Vandross, “Luther Vandross Classic Christmas”
Released nearly two decades after his passing, Luther Vandross’s “Classic Christmas” EP is a modern-day classic featuring three tracks, including the previously unreleased “At Christmas Time.” Vandross’s velvety voice is a must-listen during this special season.

Ally Brooke, “Under the Tree”
Emmy Award winner Ally Brooke presents “Under the Tree,” a Christmas EP filled with playful and amorous tracks, including the retro-pop gem “Under the Tree.” This collection promises light-hearted and fun holiday vibes, with classics like “White Christmas” and “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.”

For more holiday gift suggestions, explore AP’s 2023 Holiday Gift Guides, covering music, movies, coffee-table books, gardening, and delightful surprises. And for the latest in music reviews, visit AP’s music reviews.

Embrace the holiday season with the gift of music, and let these exceptional artists fill your heart with joy and nostalgia.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Holiday Albums

Q: Are these holiday albums by well-known artists?

A: Yes, these albums feature legendary artists from various genres, guaranteeing a memorable and festive musical experience.

Q: What kind of music can I expect from these albums?

A: You can expect a diverse range of musical styles, from traditional holiday classics to contemporary and even sultry interpretations, ensuring there’s something for every taste.

Q: Can I find these albums in vinyl format?

A: Some of these holiday albums, such as Ella Fitzgerald’s “Ella Wishes You A Swinging Christmas” and Chicago’s “Greatest Christmas Hits,” are available in collectible vinyl releases.

Q: Are there any collaborative tracks on these albums?

A: Yes, Cher’s “Christmas” album features collaborations with renowned artists like Cyndi Lauper, Stevie Wonder, and Michael Bublé, adding extra excitement to the holiday experience.

Q: Are there any unconventional or humorous holiday tracks?

A: Absolutely! Wheatus’ “Just A Dirtbag Christmas” album injects humor and levity into the holiday season with tracks like “You Made Me Believe in Christmas.”

Q: Is there a traditional and nostalgic holiday option?

A: Yes, David Foster and Katharine McPhee’s “Christmas Songs” offers jazz-infused, theatrical interpretations of classic holiday tunes, perfect for those seeking a nostalgic experience.

Q: Is there something for fans of soul and R&B music?

A: R&B sensation Brandy’s “Christmas with Brandy” delivers sultry and soulful renditions of holiday classics, providing a unique and seductive holiday vibe.

Q: Are there any albums featuring family collaborations?

A: Italian opera singer Andrea Bocelli, along with his son Matteo and daughter Virginia, present “A Family Christmas,” featuring heartwarming harmonies from this talented family trio.

More about Holiday Albums

  • [Ella Fitzgerald’s “Ella Wishes You A Swinging Christmas” vinyl release](insert link)
  • [Cher’s “Christmas” album](insert link)
  • [Brandy’s “Christmas with Brandy” album](insert link)
  • [Chicago’s “Greatest Christmas Hits” album](insert link)
  • [Andrea, Matteo, and Virginia Bocelli’s “A Family Christmas” album](insert link)
  • [Wheatus’ “Just A Dirtbag Christmas” album](insert link)
  • [David Foster and Katharine McPhee’s “Christmas Songs” album](insert link)
  • [Luther Vandross’ “Luther Vandross Classic Christmas” EP](insert link)
  • [Ally Brooke’s “Under the Tree” Christmas EP](insert link)
  • [AP’s 2023 Holiday Gift Guides](insert link)
  • AP’s music reviews

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