A Mary Christmas

A Mary Christmas

by Mary J. Blige


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A Mary Christmas

A truly Mary Christmas would match the distraught look on the cover. Blige's first Christmas album, guided by David Foster and Jochem van der Saag, doesn't feature sad or embittered chestnuts like "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)" or "Fairytale of New York" (was Method Man busy?). Instead, it contains a mix of standard holiday songs -- a couple playful, many solemn, all dramatic. It's a big production; an orchestra backs Blige on most of the songs. She pours herself into all of the material, even when she's joined by Jessie J (of all people) for a version of "Do You Hear What I Hear?" that is overcooked. It could use a couple more joyous songs in the vein of Donny Hathaway's "This Christmas," which is a delight despite so many versions since the original 1970 version. A Mary Christmas won't likely reach the high status of, say, Mariah Carey's Merry Christmas, but it's a full-effort holiday release that many of her fans should be able to enjoy for several years.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/15/2013
Label: Verve
UPC: 0602537477012
catalogNumber: 001891002
Rank: 145930

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Mary J. Blige   Primary Artist
David Foster   Piano,Accordion,Keyboards,fender rhodes
Alex Al   Bass
Chuck Berghofer   Bass
Chris Botti   Trumpet
Vinnie Colaiuta   Drums
Jeff Driskill   Saxophone,Soloist
Dean Parks   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
Kevin Powell   Hammond B3
Ramon Stagnaro   Guitar,Soloist
William Ross   Conductor
Steve Genewick   Horn Engineer
Chris Walden   Piano,Trombone,Trumpet
Angela Fisher   Background Vocals
Asaph Ward   Keyboards
Caroline Campbell   Violin,Soloist
Bethany Devine   Background Vocals
Derrick "Swol" Ray   Bass
Guido Jöris   Drums
Jochem van der Saag   Synthesizer,Overdubs
Rexsell Hardy   Drums
Dustin Higgins   Guitar
Juliane Gralle   Trombone
Andreas Varady   Guitar,Soloist
Wayne Bergerson   Trumpet

Technical Credits

Donny Hathaway   Composer
Mel Tormé   Composer
Richard Rodgers   Composer
David Foster   Arranger,Producer,Orchestration,Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements,Orchestral Arrangements
Buddy Greene   Composer
Mark Lowry   Composer
Harry Simeone   Composer
Karen Clark-Sheard   Composer
Katherine Davis   Composer
Oscar Hammerstein   Composer
Leigh Harline   Composer
Jerry Hey   Orchestration,Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements,Orchestral Arrangements
Johnny Marks   Composer
Hugh Martin   Composer
Henry Onorati   Composer
Dave Reitzas   Vocal Engineer
Ned Washington   Composer
Robert Wells   Composer
William Ross   Orchestration,Orchestral Arrangements
Julian Peploe   Art Direction
Ralph Blane   Composer
Steve Genewick   Engineer
Chris Walden   Arranger
Noel Regney   Composer
Henri Martinet   Composer
Nadine McKinnor   Composer
Everton Nelson   Orchestra Leader
Jacky Clark-Chisholm   Composer
Raymond Vincy   Composer
Serge Tsai   Engineer
Asaph Ward   Arranger,Additional Production
Traditional   Composer
Kendu Isaacs   Executive Producer,drum programming,Management
Jorge Vivo   Engineer
Antonio Sol   Vocal Coach
Lucy Whalley   Assistant Contractor
Adam Miller   Pro-Tools
Jochem van der Saag   Programming,Producer,Engineer,Sound Design
Steve Price   Engineer
Gloria Adele Shain   Composer
Elbernita Clark Terrell   Composer
Dorinad Clark Cole   Composer
Olivier Bassil   Vocal Coach

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