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What Christmas Means

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All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
Kem followers probably know to approach What Christmas Means without the expectation of hearing a thunderous version of "Little Drummer Boy" or collaborations with the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. Sure enough, the singer and songwriter's first Christmas album is filled with the same relaxed, romantic, spiritual, and gently uplifting moods of his studio albums. He didn't make this on autopilot, either. Among the ten songs, there are five originals, including the opening "Glorify the King" (on which he is backed by a Detroit gospel choir), the closing "Doo Wop Christmas" (a light a cappella number), and "Be Mine for Christmas" (a duet with Ledisi that cleverly incorporates "Me ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
Kem followers probably know to approach What Christmas Means without the expectation of hearing a thunderous version of "Little Drummer Boy" or collaborations with the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. Sure enough, the singer and songwriter's first Christmas album is filled with the same relaxed, romantic, spiritual, and gently uplifting moods of his studio albums. He didn't make this on autopilot, either. Among the ten songs, there are five originals, including the opening "Glorify the King" (on which he is backed by a Detroit gospel choir), the closing "Doo Wop Christmas" (a light a cappella number), and "Be Mine for Christmas" (a duet with Ledisi that cleverly incorporates "Me and Mrs. Jones"). The renditions of well-known songs, from "Christmas Time Is Here" to "We Three Kings," have the same secular-to-spiritual range. Kem fans who celebrate Christmas will likely value this disc as a seasonal staple for years to come.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/16/2012
  • Label: Motown
  • UPC: 602537165803
  • Catalog Number: 001758502
  • Sales rank: 9,576

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Kem Primary Artist, Vocals, Background Vocals
Marcus Belgrave Horn
Rayse Biggs Horn
Herschel Boone Vocals
Randy Bowland Guitar
David McMurray Tenor Saxophone
Rex Rideout Keyboards
Al Turner Bass
Ralph Mitchell Background Vocals
Ron Otis Drums
Michael Ripoll Guitar
Ledisi Vocals
Dr. E. LaQuint Weaver Choir, Chorus
Hallelujah Singers Choir, Chorus
Brian O'Neal Piano
Demetrius Nabors Piano
Ed Gooch Horn
Delbert Nelson Background Vocals
Chris McKee Vocals, Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Vince Guaraldi Composer
Mel Tormé Composer
Kenny Gamble Composer
Chris Gehringer Mastering
Cary Gilbert Composer
Leon Huff Composer
Hugh Martin Composer
Eric Morgeson Engineer
Rex Rideout Programming, drum programming, Bass Programming, Percussion Programming, Additional Production
Paul Riser Orchestration
Todd Fairall Engineer
Ralph Blane Composer
Lee Mendelson Composer
Lou Baxter Composer
Cara Walker Package Production
Courtney Walter Art Direction
Kem Composer, Producer, Executive Producer, Orchestration
John Henry Hopkins Jr. Composer
Johnny Moore Composer
Carlos Gunn Engineer
Melanie Rutherford Composer
Brian O'Neal Producer
Demetrius Nabors Producer, Percussion Programming
Jezreel Santos Recording Assistant
Phillana Williams Marketing
Bob Wells Composer
Ed Gooch Vocal Arrangements
Eric Morgenson Engineer
Timothy Paule Photo Enhancement
Troi Owens Composer
Stephanie Carr Photo Enhancement
Sid Watters Photo Enhancement
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