Merry Christmas with Love

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Barnes & Noble - Dave Gil de Rubio
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 ...
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Barnes & Noble - Dave Gil de Rubio
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.
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/25/2009
  • Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
  • UPC: 886975688920
  • Catalog Number: 756889

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, Digital Editing, Vocal Engineer
Frederick Oakeley Composer
John Francis Wade Composer
Joe Yannece Mastering
Peter Zizzo Composer
Joseph Mohr Composer
John Sullivan Dwight Composer
Mark Valentine Engineer
Joe Wohlmuth Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Of all my Christmas CDs, this is my favorite!

    Unlike my husband, I love the traditional Christmas tunes, and Clay's beautiful voice not only gives me goosebumps, but gives me that warm nostalgic feeling like brandy in my egg nog.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Christmas All Year

    I have been listening to Clay Aiken's Merry Christmas with Love every morning all year as I get ready for work. His voice is so soothing that it always puts me in a good mood. Even my cats come over and listen too! Clay I just love your voice!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    One of the greatest voices of the century!

    One of the things I love about Christmas is listening to the music by various artists. But I must tell you I could listen to this album every day of the year. This young man's voice is so unique to him and just so beautiful. He is definitely one of the "greats."

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Mellow and Rich

    His voice is a joy. Too bad people associate him with the TV contest show. Positive side...you and I were exposed to his voice. The Christmas holiday CD should be added to your collection.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Another winner for Clay

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    What An Amazing Holiday Album

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Merry Christmas with Love

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Merry Christmas with Love

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Awesome Christmas Album

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A must have for your Christmas collection!

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Finally a family Holiday CD

    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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    You will love it!

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    TERRIBLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    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!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Just what I needed this holiday season

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    ANYTHING BUT TERRIBLE !!

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Awesome Christmas CD

    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!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Wonderful Christmas CD

    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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great CD

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Merry Christmas with Love

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Clay,gets me into the spirit of christmas!

    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!

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