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Soul of the Holidays

by Various Artists

Live CD/DVD music compilation features an incredible array of Soulful R&B and Smooth Jazz artist who combine for a twist on The Holiday Classics. Angie Stone, JOE, and Phil Perry have set a new standard for Holiday Classics
Genre: Holiday: Urban/R&B
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Angels We Have Heard on High
Spur of the Moment
4:11 album only
2. God Rest Ye Merry Gentleman (Comfort & Joy)
Maysa & Brian Culbertson
5:10 album only
3. I'll Be Home for Christmas
Phil Perry
4:18 album only
4. The First Noel
Angie Stone
4:46 album only
5. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
4:55 album only
6. Oh Holy Night
Vanessa Renee Williams
3:45 album only
7. Little Drummer Boy
Tony Rich
3:03 album only
8. This Christmas
Mike Phillips and Angie Stone
4:23 album only
9. Silent Night
Plunky, Mike Phillips and Spur of the Moment
4:41 album only
10. Away In A Manger
Phil Perry
4:14 album only
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Album Notes
This holiday direct-to-CD/DVD music compilation captures the "essence and soul" of classic holiday favorites that have stood the test of time. From the first funky lead-in of Spur of the Moment's smooth jazz rendition of "Angels We Have Heard On High" to Phil Perry's incredible vocal stylings and powerful rendition of "Away in a Manger," Soul of the Holidays delivers the range of all that soul has to offer in a tidy package. The collaboration between Angie Stone and Mike Phillips that pairs Stone's rich vocals with Phillip's sultry sax on "This Christmas" emerges as a highlight, along with the stirring blend of Maysa Leak's (famed Incognito vocalist) smooth scat style with Brian Culbertson's mastery on the keyboard for "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen (Comfort and Joy)". Soul of the Holidays features contemporary R&B artists like Angie Stone, JOE, Plunky and Tony Rich, while paying homage to the legacy of soul music with powerhouses like Maysa, Brian Culbertson, Phil Perry, and Mike Phillips.

Musical arrangement and production was handled by Chris "Big Dog" Davis and Wayne Bruce. Chris Davis is a tour de force, having made his mark on the music industry producing for greats such as Najee, Phil Perry, Maysa and Will Downing. This holiday collection is no exception to his impeccable work, which continues to be stunningly original. Wayne Bruce is a keystone member of Spur of the Moment, in addition to producing for them. With his skill evident in the production he has done for Spur of the Moment and Maysa, his touch contributes to this seamless compilation of musical styles as well.

The DVD features the live full-length concert videotaped in high-definition in front of an intimate audience at The Bowie Center for Performing Arts, with Spur of the Moment backing all the artists. DVD bonus features include, "behind-the-scenes" footage, on-camera testimonials with music artists discussing their most-memorable holiday moments, and a photo gallery.

The feel good nature of Soul of the Holidays extends beyond the aesthetic gratification, as proceeds from the sale of the Soul of the Holidays CD/DVD compilation will go to support WHUR-FM 96.3's nonprofit organization, "Food2Feed". For more information visit: www.souloftheholidays.com. This direct-to-CD/DVD very soulful contemporary classic will surely be a holiday favorite for MANY years to come!



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Derrick Jacobs

Soul of the Holiday
I heard the Maysa song on WHUR-96.3 over the holidays and I had to have it. It is a great CD with some heavy hitters on it. LOVE IT!!!!

Louis Jackson

Soul of the Holiday
The CD is outstanding!! It really puts you in the mood with a jazzy touch. I love it!!

Roger Dent

Wonderful. Great song selections and arrangements.
I enjoyed all of the song selections and musical arrangements.
I ordered the CD, but I'd really like to have the DVD as well. When will the DVD be available?

Lola J. King

This CD is not just for the holidays! Good music for the soul all year round. I just love it!




Soul of the Holidays
LLOVVEE IT! Can't say enough about it! It continually sells out...that says it all! For the smoother side of R&B and Jazz lovers...it's awesome!


Donnie Hathaway's "This Christmas" has always been my absolute favorite Christmas song but I now have to add Maysa's "God Rest Ye Merry Gentleman & Joe's "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas" to my list. All of the artist on this CD did an amazing job - those were just my two favorites. Joe can sit on a stool in my living room all year and sing that song to me! I also appreciated the fact that proceeds were used to help people in need. Thanks WHUR!!


soul of the holiday
Good stuff,it works with out the holidays.

Roderick X.

So close, but oh so far
I ONLY have one problem with this CD. It was recorded at the Bowie Performing Arts Center and I didn't know about it. Trust me, I would have found a way to see IN PERSON this soulful expression of the holidays.

Billy Smith

Very Nice
I love the diversity and it's for a good cause!
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