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Barnes & Noble - Lisa Zhito
From Christian teen-pop diva to Latin star, we've seen many faces of the award-winning Jaci Velasquez. Her first holiday release, Christmas, is something of a revelation -- it marks the arrival of a mature vocalist, one who sings with authority and depth -- and is not drowned out by production bells-and-whistles or Mariah Carey-style histrionics. Holiday projects tend to be tricky affairs, filled as they are with so much familiar (and often cherished) fare. Christian holiday releases are even more suspect, as they must toe that fine line between holiday cheer and spiritual reflection. Velasquez does a nice job of that here, opening with a pensive arrangement of the ...
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Barnes & Noble - Lisa Zhito
From Christian teen-pop diva to Latin star, we've seen many faces of the award-winning Jaci Velasquez. Her first holiday release, Christmas, is something of a revelation -- it marks the arrival of a mature vocalist, one who sings with authority and depth -- and is not drowned out by production bells-and-whistles or Mariah Carey-style histrionics. Holiday projects tend to be tricky affairs, filled as they are with so much familiar (and often cherished) fare. Christian holiday releases are even more suspect, as they must toe that fine line between holiday cheer and spiritual reflection. Velasquez does a nice job of that here, opening with a pensive arrangement of the familiar carol "O Come, O Come Emmanuel." That's a nice introduction to the beautiful and stirring "The Angel Song," a new song penned by über-writer Chris Eaton (who penned Amy Grant's now-standard "Breath of Heaven"). Much of the meat of Christmas, however, goes in a more general-market direction, focusing on holiday tunes like "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," "White Christmas," and "The Christmas Song (Chestnuts)." That's okay -- Velasquez's rich vocal delivery on all the material here makes this a treat in any form, and this singer certainly has a right to court a broad audience. A special treat is the new song "It Wouldn't Be Christmas Without You," a classic in the making written by Scott Krippayne and sung with all the tenderness its gentle lyric deserves. Christmas is largely an easygoing affair, making it an excellent antidote to holiday angst and the perfect addition to one's treasured holiday music.
All Music Guide - Ashleigh Kittle
CCM and Latin artist Jaci Velasquez released her first holiday album, aptly titled Jaci Velasquez Christmas, in September of 2001. Beautifully orchestrated, with touches of traditional Christmas-style jazz and contemporary pop, the project resembles previous holiday releases from fellow Word artist Amy Grant. Produced by Christopher Harris, the project contains classic Christmas songs such as "O Come, O Come Emmanuel" and "White Christmas." In addition, three original tracks, including "The Angel Song," are offered. While most of the songs, even old favorites, distinctively bear the fingerprints of Velasquez, "It Wouldn't Be Christmas" is reminiscent of Mariah Carey's "Miss You Most At Christmas Time." Notable songs include "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" and "Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow," which both feature musical stylings from the 1940s era. Velasquez' strong yet tender and at times vulnerable vocals complement the musical arrangements, transforming well-loved classics such as "The Christmas Song Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire" into newfound treasures.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/18/2001
  • Label: Warner Bros Mod Afw
  • UPC: 080688612825
  • Catalog Number: 886128
  • Sales rank: 200,861

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jaci Velasquez Primary Artist
Javier Solís Drums
Leanne Albrecht Background Vocals
Jeff Bailey Horn
Lisa Bevill Background Vocals
Dave Cleveland Guitar
George Cocchini Guitar
Ernie Collins Horn
David Davidson Strings
Mark Douthit Saxophone
Chris Dunn Horn
Barry Green Horn
John Hammond Drums
Brandon Harris Children's Chorus
Chris Harris Background Vocals
Mike Haynes Trumpet
Tom Howard Conductor
Mark Ivey Background Vocals
Sam Levine Horn
Chris McDonald Horn
Jerry McPherson Guitar
Michael Mellett Background Vocals
Doug Moffett Horn
Steve Patrick Horn
Gary Pigg Background Vocals, Children's Chorus
Denis Solee Horn
George Tidwell Horn
Felicia Sorensen Background Vocals
Taylor Harris Drums
Lisa Cochran Background Vocals
Scott Krippayne Piano
Landon Pigg Children's Chorus
Pete Orta Track Performer
The Irish Film Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Michael Ripoll Guitar
Tim Acres Piano
Terri White Background Vocals
Kent Hooper Keyboards
Gabe Pigg Children's Chorus
Ashley Anderson Children's Chorus
Abel Orta Bass
Ken Lewis Percussion
Ronnie Brooks Guitar
Tim Davis Background Vocals
Daniel O'Lannerghty Bass
Technical Credits
Mel Tormé Composer
Buck Ram Composer
Kim Gannon Composer
Dan Garcia overdub engineer
Chris Harris Arranger, Producer, Vocal Arrangements
Tom Howard Arranger
Walter Kent Composer
Hugh Martin Composer
Chris McDonald Horn Arrangements
Alan Moore Vocal Arrangements
Doug Sax Mastering
Robert Wells Composer
Ralph Blane Composer
Judith Volz Executive Producer
Phillip Brooks Composer
William Sandys Composer
John Mason Neale Composer
Fred Paragano overdub engineer
Robert Hadley Mastering
Kent Hooper Programming, Engineer
Traditional Composer
Lewis Redner Composer
Daniel O'Lannerghty Contributor
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    My favorite Christmas Album

    Jaci Velasquez is always bringing out good stuff and her Christmas album is my favorite Christmas album I'ver got so far. The main reason why I like this album is because Jaci doesn't mess up the traditional carols like some do. Staci Orrico is the best example of this. Although I enjoy some carols slightly more upbeat or lively there is also something special about keeping them in their original character. And Jaci's amazing voice makes this the bomb! If you get her limited edition album you'll get a bonus track with her singing a duet with Alvin and the Chipmunks. It's very cute.

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