2013 Christmas Album Roundup

'Tis the season for Gospel music at Christmas. There's nothing better than trimming the tree, or being caught in traffic for that matter, when you have these tunes playing. Check out the new Christmas music in the world of Gospel:

Christmas reviews from previous years are also still available. And there's also a special review page for those classic Christmas albums.

Various Artists
Christmas In The City, The Deluxe Edition
Arrow Records

 You may have heard this one before. First released in 2008, Arrow Records put Christmas in the City is back on the shelves this year, gussied up with ribbons as a Deluxe Edition, featuring two new cuts.

Along with the favorites (Shonlock's gritty "Happy Holiday", Canton Jones' "We Wish You A Merry Christmas") and the inclusion of some jazzed numbers ("Felix Navidad" is given the sax treatment by Jeff Sparks), the presence of Ann Nesby sets this edition apart.

Nesby the featured on both of the new songs, joining with Sparks, Jones and Shonlock on the classic "Silver Bells" and bringing her very own deep soul vibe to "Holiday Love", which to these ears, is wonderful homage to the very wonderful "Soul Holidays", which Nesby helped propel to hitdom back in 1992 with the Sounds of Blackness.

Jonathan Butler
Merry Christmas to You
Mack Avenue Records

 The two-time Grammy-nominated instrumentalist/singer project masterful blend of standard holiday classics such as: "I'll Be Home For Christmas," "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas," "The First Noel," and "O Holy Night". Yet even in the newer classics such as Donny Hathaway's "This Christmas" and "Sweet Little Jesus Boy", Butler sparkles. Read the full review here.

— reviewed by GOSPELflava.com staff writers—

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