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Happy Holidays!

With the holiday season upon us, the time has come to shop for meaningful gifts, make travel plans, and prepare for food and friends. For many, this time of year is greatly looked forward to, as it brings people together to share memories and laughter. These are often shared at parties, workplace events, or more intimate friend and family gatherings. Whether you are hosting or attending these gatherings, there are many decisions to be made: what food to prepare, how to decorate, where to hold your party, who to invite, and even what to wear. While all of these decisions are important, there is one that many people forget – what music to play! Every good holiday gathering has great background music during guests’ arrival, lulls in conversation, and dinner hours. Here is a list of holiday CD’s from multiple genres that are sure to keep your party going!

Sheryl Crow: Home for Christmas

SHERYL CROWIf you like singer/songwriters with a hint of country, Sheryl Crow’s Home for Christmas album is a must-have. Her versatility is shown in this album as she sings ballads, blues, and pop-influenced songs. While some of Crow’s arrangements remain true to the traditional version of the songs, she proves her creativity in songs like “There is a Star That Shines Tonight,” which Crow wrote herself. It is a simple song but boasts wonderfully meaningful lyrics, and a beautiful vocal performance. With her incredible voice, Sheryl Crow will sing your holiday party through the night!

Michael Bublé: Christmas

MICHAEL BUBLEIf your party-goers would enjoy some jazzy holiday tunes, Michael Bublé’s album entitled Christmas, will definitely be a favorite. Bublé has become world-famous for his Sinatra-influenced voice, one of very few left in this age who truly embody jazz at its best. Of course, the instrumentation in all of the songs on this album, from strings to big band, is incredible. With help from artists like Shania Twain and The Puppini Sisters, Bublé delivers many of the traditional holiday tunes in a style perfectly resonant with standard jazz music. Get it for your holiday get-together today!

Liona Boyd: A Guitar for Christmas

LIONA BOYDFor a very traditional but inspiring version of your favorite holiday songs, pick up Liona Boyd’s A Guitar for Christmas album! This CD offers soft and soothing classical guitar arrangements of many classic holiday tunes including “Silent Night,” “What Child is This?” and “The Little Drummer Boy,” among others. While Boyd does not arrange every tune on the CD, she does perform each one, backed up by various traditionally-classical instruments such as a full orchestra, harp, flute, auxiliary percussion instruments, and more. The songs on this CD would be perfect to incorporate into a playlist for your holiday gathering!

Colbie Caillat: Christmas in the Sand

COLBIE CAILLATLooking for a holiday album that is especially relevant to the current generation can be tricky, but Colbie Caillat’s Christmas in the Sand CD is intriguing for both young and old. Her fun, quirky voice (accompanied by Gavin DeGraw and Brad Paisley on some tracks) provides the perfect balance of current, yet understated. Caillat is not over the top in this album, like so many current artists attempt to be. Instead, her modest yet pleasant arrangements of traditional holiday tunes, plus some original songs of her own such as “Mistletoe,” make for an album that will be sure to please all ages. Caillat’s style is one of simplicity. With just a guitar or ukulele, strings, and a small band in the background, her voice soars as she sings songs like “The Christmas Song” and “Auld Lang Syne.” For a holiday pop album from an artist that is current, yet enjoyable for all generations, choose Colbie Caillat’s Christmas in the Sand.

Make your party a success with great music, providing a seasonal backdrop for your holiday gathering!

[For more ideas, consider the following] —

James Taylor: A Christmas Album and James Taylor at Christmas; Shawn Colvin: Holiday Songs and Lullabies; Mariah Carey: Merry Christmas; Pentatonix: PTXmas; Vince Guaraldi Trio: Charlie Brown Christmas; Alli Rogers: The Silent Stars, Mannheim Steamroller: Christmas; Josh Groban: Noël; Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole: It’s Christmas Time

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