Mary J. Blige – A Mary Christmas
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A Mary Christmas is an extraordinary collaboration between Blige and legendary producer and Verve Music Group Chairman, David Foster. ‘Working with David Foster is a singer’s dream. I am fortunate to have had the opportunity to make this soulful classic Christmas album with him. David’s music has touched so many lives, I’m so proud of what we’ve created and I believe my fans will love it as much as I do,’ says Mary J. Blige.
A Mary Christmas features Blige’s soulful interpretation of classic holiday tunes including ‘Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas,’ and ‘The Christmas Song.’ Blige is joined by a number of A-list guests, starting with Barbra Streisand, who duets with Blige on ‘When You Wish Upon A Star,’ along with Jessie J on ‘Do You Hear What I Hear;’ The Clark Sisters join Blige on ‘The First Noel’ and ‘Noche de Paz,’ is a Spanish collaboration with Mark Anthony.
Other highlights on the album include ‘Little Drummer Boy‘, ‘My Favorite Things‘, ‘This Christmas‘, ‘Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer‘ and Tino Rossi’s ‘Petit Papa Noël‘.
“A Mary Christmas” is an elegant Christmas collection that mines well-known Christmas song standards. “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” is a soulful stunner. I love Donny Hathaway’s gorgeous Christmas song which Mary nails with her loving vocals and a strong horn section in the arrangement, “This Christmas will be a very special Christmas for me!” The duet with Barbra Streisand on “When You Wish Upon a Star” with Chris Botti on trumpet lifts this track way past Jiminy Cricket for me.
Mary’s duet with Jessie J on “Do You Hear What I Hear?” builds joyfully with both women sparking off each other to create marvelous Christmas magic. The CD steamrolls to a blockbuster conclusion with the French lyric “Petit Papa Noel“, the inspired “The First Noel” & the and English/Spanish mix on “Noche De Paz (Silent Night)” with Marc Anthony. This is one of the most visually stunning booklets I’ve seen with Mary looking so elegant and gloriously beautiful. Mary J. Blige has done an amazing job on this Christmas CD. Enjoy!