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Christmas in Black and White
     

Christmas in Black and White

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by Nicole C. Mullen
 
When was the last time a Christmas collection captured the true spirit of the season? Such holiday releases are rare indeed, yet Nicole C. Mullen's first foray into the genre does just that. Blending spoken-word pieces and Scripture readings, original music and traditional holiday fare -- sometimes even weaving them all into the same song -- Mullen's

Overview

When was the last time a Christmas collection captured the true spirit of the season? Such holiday releases are rare indeed, yet Nicole C. Mullen's first foray into the genre does just that. Blending spoken-word pieces and Scripture readings, original music and traditional holiday fare -- sometimes even weaving them all into the same song -- Mullen's Christmas deftly captures the reasons Christians rejoice each December. The "black & white" referred to in the album's title is the biblical story of Jesus, a bold reminder from Mullen to look past the season's commercialism and get down to the "black & white" of the holiday. The title track is a spoken-word piece about the Virgin Mary, which Mullen recites with the backing of a bass groove and some funky percussion. Elsewhere she borrows Latin, Caribbean, acoustic, R&B, and dance elements to create a truly festive holiday experience. The artful production incorporates children's voices, family members (including a duet with Mullen and her father, Napoleon Coleman, on "The Christmas Song"), and unique instrumentation, bringing feelings of familial love and fellowship to this collection. Christmas in Black & White will no doubt become a Yuletide classic for generations to come.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ashleigh Kittle
Dove Award-winning female vocalist and songwriter Nicole C. Mullen released her first holiday project Christmas In Black And White in September 2002. While the album's title may appear to point to racial harmony, it's true meaning examines Christmas according to the black and white text of the Bible. Musically, the project follows suite to her 2000 self-titled release, and her 2001 album Talk About It. Songs include "Lamb Of God," "Merry Christmas, Baby," and "St. Nick's Groove."

Product Details

Release Date:
09/17/2002
Label:
Warner Bros Mod Afw
UPC:
0080688621322
catalogNumber:
886213
Rank:
105473

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Nicole C. Mullen   Primary Artist,Guitar,Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus,Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part
Phil Keaggy   Guitar
David Mullen   Vocals,Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part
Max   Choir, Chorus
Joy   Choir, Chorus
Eric Darken   Percussion
David Angell   Violin
Jeff Bailey   Trumpet
John Catchings   Cello
Ernie Collins   Tuba
David Davidson   Violin
Doug   Choir, Chorus
Barry Green   Trombone
Kenny Greenberg   Guitar
Mike Haynes   Trumpet
Jeff   Choir, Chorus
Doug Moffett   Saxophone
Nashville String Machine   Strings
Steve Patrick   Trumpet
Kirk Whalum   Tenor Saxophone
Kris Wilkinson   Viola
Duawne Starling   Background Vocals
Diana Beach   Spoken Word
David Hiscook   Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part
Monisa Angell   Viola
Tiffany Palmer   Background Vocals
Kaylab   Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part
Hope Davis   Choir, Chorus
Jamie   Choir, Chorus
Fred M.   Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part
Jovaun Woods   Background Vocals
Max M.   Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part
Joe Mazza   Guitar
Kyle Whalum   Bass
Darryll   Choir, Chorus
Scott Springs   Background Vocals
David   Choir, Chorus
Marie   Choir, Chorus
Stephanie B.   Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part
Stephanie Britton   Choir, Chorus
Mary Jane C.   Choir, Chorus,Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part
Casey   Choir, Chorus
Coleman Mullen Children's Choir   Choir, Chorus
Napoleon Coleman   Vocals,Choir, Chorus,Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part
Teresa Coleman   Choir, Chorus
Nicole Conley   Background Vocals
Hope D.   Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part
Joy D.   Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part
Melody D.   Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part
Dana   Choir, Chorus
Gabriel   Choir, Chorus
Blain Gower   Choir, Chorus
Casey H.   Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part
Jamie H.   Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part
Maggie H.   Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part
Michael Haigh   Choir, Chorus
David Jas   Choir, Chorus
Ynika Jolaoso   Djembe
Fred Joyce   Choir, Chorus
Kayla   Choir, Chorus
Maggie   Choir, Chorus
Melody   Choir, Chorus
Jasmine Mullen   Soloist
Daniel O'Lannerghty   Conductor,Upright Bass

Technical Credits

Mel Tormé   Composer
David Mullen   Producer,Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Nicole C. Mullen   Arranger,Programming,Producer
Justin Niebank   Producer,Engineer
Ray Roper   Art Direction
Robert Wells   Composer
Aaron Swihart   Engineer
Andy Selby   Programming,Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Barry Landis   Executive Producer
John Mason Neale   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Shawn McSpadden   Executive Producer
Daniel O'Lannerghty   Orchestration,String Arrangements

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Christmas in Black and White 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love Christmas in Black and White. I especially love the song 365. She sings well on it and I love the lyrics. I think it's a good Christmas CD to buy. You won't waist your money on it. Not one cent. I highly recomend it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
She is an amazing artist. The songs are extremely diverse. I have many many Christmas CD's but this one is my new favorite. The song, "Lamb of God" is incredible. Buy it, you will love it!