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My Christmas Song For You

by Andrea Marcovicci

Cabaret CD that's playful, intimate, cozy, sophisticated, warm, and inviting, with subtle phrasing reminiscent of Sinatra. Highest rating from NY Daily News.
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1. White Christmas
3:13 album only
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2. The Christmas Waltz
2:37 album only
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3. It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas
2:47 album only
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4. Silver Bells
3:06 album only
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5. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
4:23 album only
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6. I'll Be Home For Christmas / You'd Be So Nice to Come Home To
5:03 album only
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7. The Christmas Song (chestnuts Roasting)
2:53 album only
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8. Blue Champagne
4:38 album only
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9. The Gift
2:49 album only
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10. Sleigh Ride
3:00 album only
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11. Winter Wonderland / Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!
4:47 album only
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12. I Heard the Bells On Christmas Day
3:09 album only
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13. Chrismas Lullaby / All Through the Night
3:27 album only
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14. Silent Night
2:49 album only
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15. My Christmas Song For You
2:22 album only

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Album Notes
THE CEDAR RAPIDS GAZETTE
(Cedar Rapids, Iowa)

November 30, 2006
Andrea Marcovicci, 'My Christmas Song for You' (Andreasong) 3 stars
By Richard Pratt

It's entirely fair to refer to Andrea Marcovicci as a diva, assuming you've
got the classic definition in mind: a distinguished female vocalist, as
opposed to a pretentious prima donna.
Marcovicci, a film and television actress turned Broadway maven, has been dubbed "The Queen of Cabaret" for her torchy nightclub style. She enhances her musical resume yet again with her first holiday album, sure to strike a chord with those who treasure the American popular music of the mid-20th century.
From the bright, lilting strains of "Christmas Waltz," and "Sleigh Ride" to
the playfully coy "It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas," Marcovicci
glides effortlessly through the classics, including the big-band standard
"Blue Champagne" and the Peggy Lee-Cy Coleman soother "Christmas Lullaby/All Through The Night." A romantic original, "The Gift," was my favorite.
There's no pretense here: Marcovicci sincerely cherishes the songs she
performs, and it shows. Relax, and enjoy.
-- Best song: "The Gift"

THE BIRMINGHAM NEWS
(Birmingham, Alabama)

December 1, 2006
A Pitch-perfect Christmas
ANDREA MARCOVICCI, "My Christmas Song for You" - Andreasong Recordings
*****
By Alec Harvey

There's not a voice out there quite like Andrea Marcovicci's. The cabaret
singer and sometime actress can wrap her pipes around ''White Christmas''
and ''The Christmas Song'' like nobody's business. This CD is a class act
all the way, featuring fun takes on favorites such as ''Sleigh Ride'' and
''Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,'' as well as a touching original,
''The Gift.''

THE SANTA FE NEW MEXICAN
(Santa Fe, New Mexico)

December 22, 2006
Andrea Marcovicci: My Christmas Song for You
By Craig Smith
Cabaret is highly stylized art. It expresses the immensely scaled emotions of life, love, and tragedy through perceptive, poignant or painful lyrics, almost tossed off in a safely intimate and musically shimmering setting. In that sense, it's the campfire around which we warm ourselves, or wonder, or weep, while dangerous eyes glint in the forest of the soul beyond. Thus, this album is at once as hieratic and formal as any ancient ceremony, and as new as tomorrow's sunrise.
Marcovicci's magnificent voice and excellent diction inform every selection, and her superb supporting musicians and their idiosyncratic ways with familiar fare are as refreshing as an ice-cold martini. True, their versions of "White Christmas", "Silver Bells","Winter Wonderland", "Sleigh Ride" aren't your standard kind of holiday music.
Neither is Marcovicci's take on "Silent Night", or on a blend of Peggy Lee's "Christmas Lullaby" and the Welsh carol "All Through the Night." They all swing, or strut, or sigh, or simper, or even snort. But then, cabaret is the king of different. This is the kind of album best listened to by lovers - of each other, of the sultry, or of masters of style and craft.


NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
(New York, New York)

Sunday, November 26, 2006
Have a Merry Disk-mas - Chill out with the cool CDs of the season
By DAVID HINCKLEY

This year's holiday CDs don't include too much rockin' around the Christmas tree, but they offer some nice pickin', croonin' and cookin'. Among the music-only CDs, here are some of the selections - with their coolness ranked, of course, in jingle bells.
3½ BELLS (out of 3½ BELLS). ANDREA MARCOVICCI, "My Christmas Song for You" (Andreasong)
Familiar songs, sparkling piano and one delightful surprise after another, like starting "Silver Bells" with the music to "It Came Upon a Midnight Clear." Marcovicci's phrasing is subtle and superb, giving a fresh twist to strong selections like "The Christmas Waltz" and "I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day."


ALBANY TIMES UNION
(Albany, New York)

December 6, 2006
MUSIC - Holidaze Music
By Greg Haymes

Andrea Marcovicci's "My Christmas Song for You" (Anderasong) finds the acclaimed cabaret singer capturing the intimate magic and melancholy of the holiday season with help from guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli and cornetist Warren Vache.

News from; AMERICAN THEATRE WEB

11/24/2006
Broadway and Beyond: CDs for the Holiday Season
XM 28 On Broadway
"Broadway and Beyond"

With Thanksgiving behind us, I feel like I can talk about holiday things, so let me start with some new CDs that are perfect for this time of year.
If you're looking for the ultimately sophisticated holidaytime CD, well, look no further than Andrea Marcovicci's "My Christmas Song for You." On this disc, you'll find Marcovicci delivering traditional songs in smoothly elegant style. Who else than this consummate cabaret performer would pair "I'll Be Home for Christmas" with Cole Porter's "You'd Be So Nice to Come Home To"? It's a terrific combination that might even be deemed 'swellegant.' Marcovicci's rendition of Adryan Russ and Brad Ellis' "The Gift" is filled with subtle emotion that stirs the listener and is followed by the classic "Sleigh Ride," where even on disc you can hear Marcovicci sparkling with each "giddy-up." A six-piece band, under the musical direction of arranger and pianist Shelly Markham, provides the perfect accompaniment for Marcovicci - delicate and witty.
This has been Andy Propst of AmericanTheaterWeb.com

TALKIN' BROADWAY.COM
SOUND ADVICE: CURTAIN UP ON CHRISTMAS: by ROB LESTER

Just hear those sleigh bells jingling, ring-ting-tingling, too ..." It's time to hear the new holiday CDs. We're making a list and checking it twice. Most are dominated by the old standbys, but there are some less overdone songs, too - and even a few new ones.
It's hard to beat Andrea Marcovicci when it comes to touching the heart - or breaking it. Just listen to her carefully shaded line readings: the tender "angels will watch over you" ("Christmas Lullabye" by Cy Coleman and Peggy Lee) or the lament of "the gift that I long to see is one that I know can't be" ("The Gift" by Adryan Russ and Brad Ellis). These are under-recorded gems, but My Christmas Song for You is full of warmly sung, finely etched moments from lyrics we have heard sung by everyone. Sure, other singers are more technically dazzling with steel-belted or crystalline voices, but few can imbue a song with so much personalized drama and attention to detail. Her singing style may be an acquired taste, but I was converted long ago, though it can take seeing her in person to really "get" the whole picture. This particular album grew on me more and more as I listened, as some of its strengths are the most subtle moments.
An interesting choice for a Christmas album is an old big band era piece, "Blue Champagne," so appropriate for Andrea, for she is the champagne of cabaret singers: high class elegance all the way. When the lady lingers lovingly on a phrase like "each little dream we knew" or the word "boomerang" this song about memories becomes that itself - memorable! When she sings "White Christmas," she really sounds like she is remembering the sight of those treetops and the sound of those sleigh bells. It's all about painting - and then relishing - a delectable image, even elevating a simple one others might toss away, like the litany of common sights of the season in "It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas" or "Sleigh Ride" or "Silver Bells." She can make a lot out of adjectives that sound careless, coy or awkwardly old-fashioned when others sing them: "delightful," "lovely," "appealing." She embraces the word by enunciating it with precision and adding a wide smile.
Longtime musical collaborator Shelly Markham adds many graceful touches as arranger and pianist. The six musicians usually don't go too heavy on the melody line for these well-known tunes, allowing for breathing room and mood instead. Occasionally, for contrast, the simple beauty of a melody is emphasized, as in an instrumental break on "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," a track where guitarist supreme Bucky Pizzarelli is featured. Integrating some songs just instrumentally enhances the drama almost subliminally: for example, a moody and slowed-down instrumental of the normally peppy "There's No Place Like Home for the Holidays" sets the tone for "I'll Be Home for Christmas." That leads into another "home" dream, Cole Porter's "You'd Be So Nice to Home To," somehow making it an honorary Christmas song.

ARKANSAS DEMOCRAT-GAZETTE
(Little Rock, Arkansas)

December 17, 2006
Seasonal song and dance: There'll be no silent nights with latest selection of merry music.
BY JACK W. HILL

Andrea Marcovicci, My Christmas Song for You, Andreasong
A cabaret singer known for playing in the Oak Room of the Algonquin Hotel in New York, she sings up a storm in the Sinatra tradition. She's having a good time, too.
Grade: B-

ABOUT ANDREA MARCOVICCI:
"Andrea Marcovicci has an incandescent enthusiasm and a masterly balance between poignancy and wit." Stephen Holden, The New York Times

Andrea Marcovicci, a champion of the American Popular Songbook, has created full-cast variety shows and over forty solo cabaret shows. Her many recordings reflect her deep devotion not only to classic songwriters of the past (like Irving Berlin, Cole Porter, and Rodgers & Hart) but her encouragement of new voices composing in that same tradition. Andrea began her career with appearances on The Today Show and The Merv Griffin show, subsequently appearing at the legendary New York nightclub Reno Sweeny, and eventually mounting a solo concert at Carnegie Hall with guest, Michael Feinstein.

Her many awards and honors include a MAC, BISTRO, and MABEL. Andrea was inducted into The Cabaret Hall of Fame in 2016. She holds the record – an unprecedented 25 seasons – at the legendary Oak Room of the Algonquin Hotel, and was the final performer ever to grace that stage.

In a career spanning over five decades, the singer and actress, has co-starred with Danny DeVito, Sir Michael Caine, Tom Selleck, Sam Waterston and many others. Her film debut in “The Front” brought her a Golden Globe nomination. She’s played Broadway, the White House, and sold-out the esteemed LICEU Opera House in Barcelona and Town Hall in NYC. Andrea ushered in the millennium with the Chicago Symphony. “Ten Cents a Dance,” her tribute to Ruth Etting, aired on PBS. Andrea has guest starred on Garrison Keillor’s Prairie Home Companion and read poetry, and stories, for NPR.

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Beautiful and Fresh
Andrea Marcovicci has the gift of voice and the skill to infuse meaning in everything she sings. Her Christmas album is a welcomingly fresh gift to all Marcovicci and holiday music fans. She breaks every song open to its core and conveys hope and heartbreak, love and joy, -- the soft still warmth of the season. Every song is its own story and Andrea is a masterful storyteller. This album will take a place of prominance in your holiday collection and you'll treasure it for years to come. Excellent CD -- a must buy.
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