What Christmas Means [Deluxe Edition]

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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 and ...
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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. [A Deluxe Edition was also released.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/29/2013
  • Label: Motown
  • UPC: 602537580804
  • Catalog Number: 001942302
  • Sales rank: 62,990

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Kem Primary Artist, Keyboards, Vocals, Background Vocals
Marcus Belgrave Horn
Rayse Biggs Trumpet, Horn
Herschel Boone Vocals
Randy Bowland Acoustic Guitar, Guitar
Edward Gooch Trombone
David McMurray Tenor Saxophone
Rex Rideout Keyboards
Al Turner Bass
Ralph Mitchell Background Vocals
Ron Otis Drums
Michael Ripoll Guitar
Ledisi Vocals
Beth Griffith Background Vocals
Dr. E. LaQuint Weaver Choir, Chorus
Brian O'Neal Piano
Lloyd Dwayne Background Vocals
Demetrius Nabors Organ, Piano, Keyboards
The Hallelujah Singers Choir, Chorus
Ed Gooch Horn
Dave McMurray Tenor Saxophone
L'Renee Background Vocals
Delbert Nelson Background Vocals
Chris McKee Vocals, Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Vince Guaraldi Composer
Mel Tormé Composer
Randy Bowland Composer, Producer
Kenny Gamble Composer
Chris Gehringer Mastering
Cary Gilbert Composer
Edward Gooch Horn Arrangements
Leon Huff Composer
Hugh Martin Composer
Eric Morgeson Producer, Engineer
Rex Rideout drum programming, Vocal Producer, Bass Programming, Percussion Programming, Additional Production
Paul Riser Orchestral Arrangements
Ron Otis drum programming
Todd Fairall Engineer
Ralph Blane Composer
Lee Mendelson Composer
Lou Baxter Composer
Courtney Walter Art Direction
Johnny Moore Composer
Kem Composer, Producer, Executive Producer, Orchestral Arrangements
John Henry Hopkins Jr. Composer
Carlos Gunn Engineer
Tai Linzie Artwork
Toya Hankins Management
Melanie Rutherford Composer
Brian O'Neal Producer
Lloyd Dwayne Vocal Arrangements
Antoinette Trotman Management
Kristen Yiengst Art Direction
Demetrius Nabors Programming, Producer, Horn Arrangements, Percussion Programming
Jezreel Santos Recording Assistant
Bob Wells Composer
Lynn Gonzalez Management
Ed Gooch Vocal Arrangements
Steven Defino Art Direction
Vol S. Davis III Management
Ian Allen Management
Joe Gallagher Engineer
Denise J. Brown Legal Counsel
Troi Owens Composer
Paul Lane Package Production
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