More seasonal sounds from Johnny Mathis, Mary J. Blige and “Duck Dynasty”
December 2, 2013 5:30PM
Kelly Clarkson's holiday album is titled "Wrapped in Red” (RCA).
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Some other new offerings this year for your Christmas music playlist:
JOHNNY MATHIS, “Sending You a Little Christmas.” The latest by one of the season’s consummate voices includes duets with Billy Joel, Susan Boyle and Gloria Estefan.
BAD RELIGION, “O Come, O Come Emmanuel.” The old-school punk band grinds through the standards, and it’s all over in 19 minutes.
“DUCK THE HALLS: A Robertson Family Christmas.” The “Duck Dynasty” clan clowns around with duck calls and spoof lyrics, and Alison Krauss and George Strait drop by.
MARY J. BLIGE, “A Mary Christmas.” The R&B star pours her usual emotional might into the familiar carols and even duets with Barbra Streisand.
MARVIN SAPP, “Christmas Card.” R&B star Joe and gospel supergroup Commissioned help the Michigan pastor herald the nativity.
JOSHUA BELL, “Musical Gifts.” The violinist teams with vocalists including Gloria Estefan, Placido Domingo and Straight No Chaser.
MATTHEW MORRISON, “A Classic Christmas.” The “Glee” star and Broadway veteran croons the old chestnuts.
TAMAR BRAXTON, “Winter Loverland.” You know her from reality TV, and now Toni’s sister wants to jam with you for Christmas.
LEONA LEWIS, “Christmas, With Love.” The “Bleeding Love” singer is oozing holiday cheer in a set of covers and new singles.
“THE BEST MAN HOLIDAY.” R. Kelly and Emeli Sande are among the stars celebrating in the soundtrack to the big-screen hit.
SUSAN BOYLE, “Home for Christmas.” Among other achievements on this disc, the British favorite duets with Elvis.
— Darel Jevens