A Mary Christmas

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All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
A truly Mary Christmas would match the distraught look on the cover. Blige's first Christmas album, guided by David Foster and Jochem van der Saag, doesn't feature sad or embittered chestnuts like "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)" or "Fairytale of New York" (was Method Man busy?). Instead, it contains a mix of standard holiday songs -- a couple playful, many solemn, all dramatic. It's a big production; an orchestra backs Blige on most of the songs. She pours herself into all of the material, even when she's joined by Jessie J (of all people) for a version of "Do You Hear What I Hear?" that is overcooked. It could use a couple more joyous songs in the vein of Donny ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
A truly Mary Christmas would match the distraught look on the cover. Blige's first Christmas album, guided by David Foster and Jochem van der Saag, doesn't feature sad or embittered chestnuts like "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)" or "Fairytale of New York" (was Method Man busy?). Instead, it contains a mix of standard holiday songs -- a couple playful, many solemn, all dramatic. It's a big production; an orchestra backs Blige on most of the songs. She pours herself into all of the material, even when she's joined by Jessie J (of all people) for a version of "Do You Hear What I Hear?" that is overcooked. It could use a couple more joyous songs in the vein of Donny Hathaway's "This Christmas," which is a delight despite so many versions since the original 1970 version. A Mary Christmas won't likely reach the high status of, say, Mariah Carey's Merry Christmas, but it's a full-effort holiday release that many of her fans should be able to enjoy for several years.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/15/2013
  • Label: Verve
  • UPC: 602537477012
  • Catalog Number: 001891002
  • Sales rank: 73,237

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Mary J. Blige Primary Artist
David Foster Piano, Accordion, Keyboards, fender rhodes
Alex Al Bass
Chuck Berghofer Bass
Chris Botti Trumpet
Vinnie Colaiuta Drums
Jeff Driskill Saxophone, Soloist
Dean Parks Guitar, Rhythm Guitar
Kevin Powell Hammond B3
Ramon Stagnaro Guitar, Soloist
William Ross Conductor
Steve Genewick Horn Engineer
Chris Walden Piano, Trombone, Trumpet
Angela Fisher Background Vocals
Asaph Ward Keyboards
Caroline Campbell Violin, Soloist
Bethany Devine Background Vocals
Derrick "Swol" Ray Bass
Guido Jöris Drums
Jochem van der Saag Synthesizer, Overdubs
Rexsell Hardy Jr. Drums
Dustin Higgins Guitar
Juliane Gralle Trombone
Andreas Varady Guitar, Soloist
Wayne Bergerson Trumpet
Technical Credits
Donny Hathaway Composer
Mel Tormé Composer
Richard Rodgers Composer
David Foster Arranger, Producer, Orchestration, Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements, Orchestral Arrangements
Buddy Greene Composer
Mark Lowry Composer
Harry Simeone Composer
Karen Clark-Sheard Composer
Katherine Davis Composer
Oscar Hammerstein II Composer
Leigh Harline Composer
Jerry Hey Orchestration, Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements, Orchestral Arrangements
Johnny Marks Composer
Hugh Martin Composer
Henry Onorati Composer
Dave Reitzas Vocal Engineer
Ned Washington Composer
Robert Wells Composer
William Ross Orchestration, Orchestral Arrangements
Julian Peploe Art Direction
Ralph Blane Composer
Steve Genewick Engineer
Chris Walden Arranger
Noel Regney Composer
Henri Martinet Composer
Nadine McKinnor Composer
Everton Nelson Orchestra Leader
Jacky Clark-Chisholm Composer
Raymond Vincy Composer
Serge Tsai Engineer
Asaph Ward Arranger, Additional Production
Traditional Composer
Vlado Meller Mastering
Kendu Isaacs Executive Producer, drum programming, Management
Jorge Vivo Engineer
Antonio Sol Vocal Coach
Lucy Whalley Assistant Contractor
Adam Miller Pro-Tools
Jochem van der Saag Programming, Producer, Engineer, Sound Design
Steve Price Engineer
Gloria Adele Shain Composer
Elbernita Clark Terrell Composer
Dorinad Clark Cole Composer
Olivier Bassil Vocal Coach
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