Christmas With T. Graham Brown
2015 - Mansion Entertainment. T. Graham Brown gives us the gift of a collection of traditional Christmas carols with this album. This album features nine classic carols including “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas,” “Here Comes Santa Claus,” “I’ll Be Home For Christmas,” “Silver Bells,” and “White Christmas.” Browns version of “Away In A Manger” is performed in a classic country Gospel feel that inspires an image of Brown performing this classic carol within the hallowed halls of the Ryman Auditorium. Throughout his versions of these classic songs, T. Graham utilizes the best instrumentals to capture the essence of each song. Case in point, “I’ll Be Home For Christmas” contains the addition of background vocals mixed with a beautiful acoustic piano and gentle saxophone to create a gentle melody. Brown gets us in a festive mood with “Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree,” and his version of “Jingle Bell Rock.” This eleven cut album also includes two original carols with “Santa Claus Is Coming In A UFO” and “Mary Had A Little Lamb,” both are co-wrote by T. Graham. The first is a fun, modern country style song mixed with a southern rock beat and is enhanced with an electric guitar. While the album closes with the later, a gentle and soft song that is performed as a Christmas lullaby. It’s a beautiful song, however, Brown does not have the appropriate vocals to give this song the life that it so deserves. Perhaps Martina McBride could give it the spirit it needs with her angelic vocals. The song is written as if an Angel were telling the story of Christ’s birth. This song would hit our list of Top Songs of 2015 if it were performed by a different entertainer. Throughout the entire album, Brown shows us that simplicity is best when performing Christmas carols. T. Graham takes a gentle approach to create a masterpiece. As good as this album is, it does lack the magic of Christmas. Perhaps it’s due to Brown’s limited vocals. In the end, it’s nice to know that one entertainer knows how to record these classic carols. $$$-$$$$
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