Former American Idol contestant [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Katharine McPhee[/lastfm] has admitted to being one who was in “artistic hiding” and not able to secure a musical destination. “It took me a long time to figure out where I wanted to go and be as an artist,” she says. “I needed time to learn who I was as a musician.” However, in her new holiday release, McPhee brings her rich and full vocal range to a collection of holiday classics and Christmas songs.
McPhee’s holiday project, Christmas Is The Time To Say I Love You, encompasses tremendous vocal maturity and strength. A delightful mixture of heartfelt ballads and jovial standards make the project full-bodied and festive.
The title track of the CD, “Christmas Is The Time To Say I Love You,” is a song rarely sung; [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Billy Squier[/lastfm] gave it life back in 1981.
McPhee covers such holiday classics as “O Holy Night” and “This Christmas.” Her rendition of “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” is one that gives McPhee depth, a touch of soul and captivating vocal style. It also helps that world-renowned musician and trumpet player [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Chris Botti[/lastfm] assists McPhee on the track. It rich with bliss, heart and intricate joyful detail, like a one-of-a-kind ornament passed down from generation to generation that now hangs from your Christmas tree.
In the original composition, “It’s Not Christmas Without You,” McPhee offers a soft, heartfelt plea for companionship from that special someone.
Take a listen to what [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Katharine McPhee[/lastfm] brings to the song!
Displaying vocal stamina and strength, [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Katharine McPhee[/lastfm] offers a set of Christmas music that is sure to comfort, excite and rejuvenate the listener. This is a special time of year for many of us, and so we deserve a collection of holiday music that shares in our delight and joy. We find it in McPhee’s new holiday album.
[lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Katharine McPhee[/lastfm]‘s Christmas Is The Time To Say I Love You is released by Verve Forecast.
1. “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas”
2. “Jingle Bells”
3. “It’s Not Christmas Without You”
4. “O Holy Night”
5. “Silver Bells”
6. “Christmas Is The Time””
7. “Medley: O Little Town of Bethlehem / Away In a Manger”
8. “What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve”
9. “White Christmas”
10. “Who Would Imagine A King”
11. “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas” (iTunes Bonus)