Summer may be heating up, but Al Jarreau has Christmas on his mind. This fall, the seven-time Grammy winning vocalist will release his first-ever Christmas album – his first album of newly recorded music since 2006’s sensational “Givin’ It Up” with George Benson. “AL JARREAU CHRISTMAS” includes the singer’s distinctive vocal spin on a dozen yuletide classics. On October 14, this holiday collection will be available from Rhino Records at all physical outlets for a suggested list price of $18.98. The digital release will be available for $9.99.
“AL JARREAU CHRISTMAS” opens with “Winter Wonderland, ” written by Felix Bernard and Richard B. Smith in 1934 for Guy Lombardo, who hit #2 with the song’s timeless melody. The album is packed with festive favorites including “The Christmas Song, ” “Come All Ye Faithful, ” and “White Christmas, ” the ageless tune written by Irving Berlin and first sung by Bing Crosby in the 1942 musical, “Holiday Inn.” The album also features Jarreau’s versions of “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas, ” “Carol Of The Bells, ” “Hark The Herald Angels Sing, ” “Some Children See Him” and “Gloria In Excelsis, ” a sacred song used in the Roman Catholic Mass.