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Merry Christmas with Love

Merry Christmas with Love

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by Clay Aiken
     
 

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Wholesome American Idol runner-up Clay Aiken follows in the tradition of PC pop crooners Perry Como and Andy Williams with this album of traditional Christmas fare. For this family-friendly collection, produced by Phil Ramone (Tony Bennett, Barry Manilow) and Walter Afanasieff (Mariah Carey, Kenny G), the North Carolina native lends his dramatic vocals to a

Overview

Wholesome American Idol runner-up Clay Aiken follows in the tradition of PC pop crooners Perry Como and Andy Williams with this album of traditional Christmas fare. For this family-friendly collection, produced by Phil Ramone (Tony Bennett, Barry Manilow) and Walter Afanasieff (Mariah Carey, Kenny G), the North Carolina native lends his dramatic vocals to a dozen Yuletide favorites that provide the perfect background music for tree trimming or nuzzling by the fire. Supported by lush string arrangements, Aiken easily switches gears from a snappy, Harry Connick–reminiscent reading of "Winter Wonderland" to a subdued version of "Sleigh Ride." The slight singer even sinks his vibrato-tinged chops into Celine Dion's "Don't Save It All for Christmas Day," which is given an R&B sheen, thanks to an arrangement of organ, gospel harmonies, and vocal phrasing that's more robust than anything else on the disc. Not surprisingly, this devout Christian really shines on the disc's more spiritual material -- whether it's the hand-in-glove fit of Aiken's pliable tenor with the children's accompaniment provided by Broadway Inspirational Voices on a delicate rendering of "Silent Night" or the robust phrasing reverberating throughout an uplifting version of "Joy to the World." Earnest and endearing, Aiken's Merry Christmas with Love is a winning holiday record.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Clay Aiken is a show-biz creature, so it's only appropriate that the sequel to his hit 2003 debut, Measure of a Man, is 2004's Merry Christmas with Love -- after all, there are few things quite as show biz as a holiday album. Aiken is a rarity in the new millennium: an old-fashioned, unironic middle-of-the-road singer. Those are the kinds of vocalists that always fare very well on Christmas records, so it should be no surprise that Aiken turns in a good holiday album. Actually, there are no surprises on the album -- the song selections are all standards, the arrangements are traditional and unobtrusive, always emphasizing Clay's voice, and the record is given a safe, high-gloss sheen ideal for adult contemporary radio. If there are any surprises with Merry Christmas with Love -- well, apart from Clay's impish, elfin look on the front cover -- it's that his singing is better, more assured here than it was on Measure of a Man. Then again, that debut was released a little over four months after he came in second on the second season of American Idol. He's had more time to work on Merry Christmas with Love, and it seems to benefit his performance, which bodes well for his second proper studio album.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/25/2009
Label:
Sbme Special Mkts.
UPC:
0886975688920
catalogNumber:
756889

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Clay Aiken   Primary Artist,Vocals
Kenny Ascher   Piano
Elena Barere   Concert Master
Vinnie Colaiuta   Drums
Nathan East   Bass
David Finck   Bass
Larita Gaskins   Alto (Vocal)
Michael Landau   Electric Guitar
Jeff Mironov   Guitar
Darryl Phinnessee   Background Vocals
Allan Schwartzberg   Drums
Ira Siegel   Acoustic Guitar
Torrie Zito   Conductor
William Ross   Conductor
Emanuel Kiriakou   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Maurice Lauchner   Tenor (Vocal)
Angela Fisher   Background Vocals
Conesha Monet   Background Vocals
Jacob Luttrell   Background Vocals
Michael McElroy   Background Vocals
Danielle Greaves   Alto (Vocal)
Tracy Nicole Chapman   Alto (Vocal)
Laura Dean   Soprano (Vocal)
Clark Anderson   Background Vocals
Bertilla Baker   Alto (Vocal)
Chris Zelno   Tenor (Vocal)
Stephen Ferrera   Percussion,Harp
John Eric Parker   Tenor (Vocal)
Eliseo Román   Tenor (Vocal)
Catrice Joseph Hart   Soprano (Vocal)
Tanesha Gary   Soprano (Vocal)
Lucia Giannetta   Alto (Vocal)
Gerti Lee James   Soprano (Vocal)
McCrary Choir   Background Vocals
Quiana Parler   Background Vocals
Glenn Rainey   Tenor (Vocal)
Michael Elroy   Background Vocals
Clark Anderson   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Adolphe Adam   Composer
Leroy Anderson   Composer
Celine Dion   Composer
Mel Tormé   Composer
Patrick Williams   Arranger
Mark Lowry   Composer
Frank Loesser   Composer
Franz Gruber   Composer
Felix Bernard   Composer
Jorge Calandrelli   Arranger
Humberto Gatica   Engineer
Hugh Martin   Composer
Joel Moss   Engineer
Mitchell Parish   Composer
Phil Ramone   Producer,Audio Production
Dave Reitzas   Vocal Engineer
Rick Wake   Composer
Isaac Watts   Composer
Robert Wells   Composer
Torrie Zito   Arranger
Lowell Mason   Composer
Charles Wesley   Composer
Walter Afanasieff   Arranger,Programming,Producer,Audio Production
William Ross   Orchestral Arrangements
Ralph Blane   Composer
David Channing   Engineer
Frank Harkins   Art Direction
Emanuel Kiriakou   Programming,Engineer,Vocal Engineer
Frederick Oakeley   Composer
John Francis Wade   Composer
Peter Zizzo   Composer
Joseph Mohr   Composer
John Sullivan Dwight   Composer
Mark Valentine   Engineer
Joe Wohlmuth   Engineer

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Merry Christmas with Love 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 30 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
What a pleasure to hear a Holiday CD that you can understand the words and not worry about what is being said and it is all tradiationaly sung. The beautiful songs and the hauntingly beautiful Mary Did You Know puts you in the Holiday Mood
Guest More than 1 year ago
This CD is one of the best Christmas CD's around. Clay's voice is rich and pure and as usual it is sung from the heart. I cannot say enough about how good Merry Christmas With Love is! This CD will be part of your Christmas collection forever.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The entire album is beautifully sung. He actually made me cry with his rendition of "Mary did you know". This is destined to become a classic.
Guest More than 1 year ago
From beginning to end, this CD is tremendous. Wonderful producers, classy background instrumentation - a real plus becuase you can actually hear this performer sing. What a novel idea. Kudos for an excellent selection of classics, including Oh Holy Night. Absolutely beautiful rendition of this song. Other standouts are Mary Did You Know, Don't Save It All For Christmas Day, Merry Christmas With Love, silent Night, What Are You Doing New Year's Eve and the best Medley I have ever heard. Regardless of your music preference, this one is for everyone. You won't be disappointed.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Clay's voice contains all the reverance, beauty, joy, playfulness, and love that you would hope to find in Christmas songs. I would highly recommend purchasing this breathtaking work of art.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is my first Clay Aiken purchase and I am very pleased. The thing that I like about Christmas music versus other original music is how each artist can make the same song unique and make it their own ( Randy Jackson, that's for you!). Clay did a great job of taking songs that we are familiar with and adding a robust twist. His voice has certainly matured since his Idol days and you can truly feel the songs are sung with heartfelt emotion. This CD is one to keep in your house, take with you in the car, listen to at work; very versatile. Enjoy! Happy Holidays!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I didn't know much about Mr. Aiken, other then his connections with American Idol, but looking for some new Christmas music, I decided to take a chance on buying this cd. It is wonderful! His singing brought back fond memories of listening to Andy Williams, Bing Crosby, etc., and watching their television specials at Christmas time. The 'older generation' (those of us over 45) should check out Mr. Aiken's cd if they're looking for music with a strong voice and simple background arrangements.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I bought the CD "Merry Christmas With Love" by Clay Aiken the first day it was released and I haven't quit listening to it. It is a wonderful Christmas CD and I honestly believe that every household should have a copy of it. Clay's voice is breathtaking...I've never heard anyone sing like he does. "Don't Save it all for Christmas Day" is outstanding.......the entire CD is a must have.......you won't be disapointed.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you want to hear Classic Christmas Songs this is a must If you want to hear an artists voice that sings the classics with deep convictions with a pure voice this is a must.... If you want to hear excellent production and wonderful background vocals.... this is a must if you want to just bring back the REAL meaning of Christmas.... Mr. Aiken has done this 1000 times fold. If you answered yes to all of the above.. buy this CD, you will not be disappointed
Guest More than 1 year ago
This CD is one word: Amazing. Clay is the most amazing singer that I have ever heard. I love the song selections featured on this CD. Clay truly has an amazing voice, and I am really glad he released this outstanding Christmas CD. I AM CLAY'S #1 FAN!!! GO CLAY!!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
My 10 year old autistic daughter, and myself, love Clay’s CD. His strong vocals mixed with the awesome songs have really helped us get into the Christmas spirit.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Clay Aiken can not sing! This cd was terrible! I think that he is a disgrace to the music industry. This cd and clay's other cd should be thrown in the trash and do everyone's ears a favor!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
THIS ABLUM IS BEAUTIFUL AND CLAY AIKEN HAS A WONDERFUL VOICE.IT REALLY PUTS YOU IN THE HOLIDAY SPIRIT. HE USES SOARING VOCALS AND HE CAN SOUND LIKE THE CLASSIC SINGS OF THE TIME. ANYONE WHO THINKS THIS ALBUM IS TERRIBLE HAS TO BE BORDERLINE DEAF.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This CD was a joy to listen to. Clay has a lot of personality in his voice that makes listening to him worth the while. I was never a fan of "Mary, Did You Know?" (in fact, I hated the song) until I heard his version. How he pulled it off I don't know, but he did it very well. I also enjoyed the Christmas classics, as well as a few songs I had never heard before. "Merry Christmas With Love" has the right balance of inspirational, contemplative, and fun and festive songs that make it a perfect addition to anyone's holiday collection.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Once again, Clay has shown that to be an Idol you don't have to win. This is a great cd. All the songs are extremely well done. I recommend this to everyone!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Clay has an amazing voice which is showcased beautifully on this CD. The songs are truely moving. His clear and strong voice really make you feel the music deep in your soul. He can convey true emotion thru his voice. "Mary Did You Know" is a particular favorite. There is variety in the song selection. Clay can really hold a note in "Don't Save It All For Christmas Day" I love every track!! This will be our family Christmas favorite for many years to come. Thank you Clay!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the best Christmas CD I own. Clay's rendition of Oh Holy Night and Mary Do you Know, gives me chills. I was a fan from the first night on the Idol tryouts. He gets better and better. Highly Recommended!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This CD is awesome. Clay has the best voice I've ever heard. This CD has a great variety of songs. I would absolutely recommend it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love Clay Aiken and this new holiday CD. Clay has an amazing voice. Anyone who thinks differently needs to clean the wax out of their ears. My personal favorite songs are "Don't save it all for Christmas Day" "O Holy Night" and "What are you doing New Years Eve." I just went to his Joyful Noise concert and it was wonderful. I would definately recommend this CD. CLAY IS A SASSBOMB!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Listened to the mucic clips here on B&N,and had to purchase it after a few listenings.This young mans voice is so pure,and boy,can he hold a note!The song "Mary did you know"is absolutley beautiful,it sort of sticks in your head....Also"dont save it all for christmas day"is a standout.All in all there is a really good mix of songs ,and this one will be my christmas cd of choice for many years to come.WAy to go Clay!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Great song selection, great vocals! Clay's voice seemed even better than on Measure of a Man. He displayed more range and control. Loved it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Wow! This album is absolutely AMAZING! Clay shows his true talent in this album. boy... can that man hold a note!!!!!! all i can say is WOW! you did an awesome job clay! I DEFINENTALLY recommend this to anyone! ANYONE can enjoy this album. it is truly magnificent.
Guest More than 1 year ago
clay does it again. this time, in a very classical CD. i must say, this is probably the only and the best Holiday christmas album that i own! it's so great because even though chrismtas is over, i still listen to this CD all the time! clay aiken shows his vocal range in this CD, and boy... can that young man hold a note! EXCELLENT JOB CLAY AIKEN! KEEP UP tHE OUTSTANDING WORK! YOU'RE GONNA GO A LONG WAY!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Clay Aiken´s second album Merry Christmas With Love is a classic it´s so beautiful. His voice soars through it. Veterean Producer,Arranger,Composer, Songwriter Walter Afanasieff produces 5 of the 12 songs and he makes Clay sound incredible they are a great match and the album has a feel of Mariah Carey´s Merry Christmas album that Walter produced-co-wrote in 1994. Clay is the second runner of American Idol 2003 and i was hoping he would win but he lost to Ruben Studdard who is a great soul/Rn,b singer. Clay has a similar vocalrange as Josh Groban and is going to be one of the worlds biggest male artist ever. I´m waiting for Clay´s third album and hopefully Walter Afanasieff will produce the album. Walter worket with Mariah trough 1990-1997 and others like Celine Dion,Michael Bolton, Kenny G and more.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The man with THE voice has another winner. I love Christmas music and Clay does not disappoint. All the songs are terrific but Don't Save It All for Christmas Day is superb.