Wednesday, November 2, 2016

CD Review: Christmas Album Reissues Arriving From Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings And Tony Hadley

Soul-singer Sharon Jones is one of the strongest, most inspiring singers in modern music. She released her first album when she was 40 years old, never giving up on her dream and she has battled cancer twice, never giving up hope and leading the fight against this deadly disease. In October 2015, Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings released their first holiday-themed album titled "It's A Holiday Soul Party." This year, the album is being re-released on green colored vinyl and Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings have three holiday shows lined up in New England, beginning at the Ridgefield Playhouse on December 8th. The album has become a must listen for the holidays as Jones mixes together funky originals like "Ain't No Chimneys In The Projects" and "Just Another Christmas Song" with jazzed up versions of "White Christmas" and "Silver Bells." Her vocals just sweep you away on "Silent Night" and "Please Come Home For Christmas" and The Dap Kings inject some much welcomed soul into "Funky Little Drummer Boy." For a complete list of tour dates and to find out more about the new green vinyl re-release of "It's A Holiday Party," please visit sharonjonesandthedapkings.com.

Singer Tony Hadley, voice of the eighties pop band Spandau Ballet, is re-releasing his debut holiday album titled "The Christmas Album." It was originally released last year and this version included three bonus tracks originally only available on the imported version of the album. Beginning with the Train original, "Shake Up Christmas," Hadley gets this off to a fun exciting start. He flashes back in time to the seventies for "I Believe In Father Christmas," before Kim Wilde duets with Hadley on the heart-warming Christmas classic "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas." Singer Nina Zilli duets with Hadley on the lesser known, Celtic "Fairytale Of New York" and Hadley pours all his emotions into the original "Every Second I'm Away." The new eighteen-song release wraps up with the fun, up-tempo Chuck Berry original "Run Rudolph Run" and the spiritually up-lifting "Ave Maria" as Tony Hadley showcases the full potential of his voice. To find out more about Tony Hadley and the new re-release of "The Christmas Album," please visit tonyhadley.com.

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