Family and work colleagues know that November brings with it my most favorite selection of Christmas anthems. I love Christmas music, yo! It’s who I am! Love me for me! I will be reviewing some of the latest Christmas albums every ‘Music Monday’ from now until Christmas and, thanks to Christian Art Media, we will also be giving away a hamper of Christmas albums to one lucky reader! Today we check out Lauren Daigles Christmas offering titled ‘Behold‘.
Lauren Daigle is a popular (newly discovered) Christian music singer/worship leader. Her voice has an amazing husky undertone and she has a really cool swagger about her. Now if you’re like me, and you love Christmas, then you would know that I aint playing when I say that Lauren Daigle knows what she is doing! Looking at her Christmas album’s track list, I thought that this would be a normal “tra la laaaa” Christmas album. But nay! The quirky New Orleans songstress has taken all our favorite Christmas classics and made them – no jokes – better!
For starters, from the get go, you pick up a jazzy/bluesy element to the whole album. I love that she has stuck to her New Orleans roots, which means lots of horns, lots of jazz piano and lots of husky, soulful vocal. Guys, Jingle Bells will never be the same again. She’s added a special jive to it, complete with horns and attitude.
If you love the American classics (you know, where they sing about snow and “Santa”) then you’ll love her version of White Christmas and Christmas Time Is Here. Yoh, the girl can sang! I love her rich vocal. She also does justice to the more popular Christmas carols, such as Oh Holy Night and Silent Night. I found them to be a sweet reminder of why we celebrate Christmas and baby Jesus. Both are kept sweet and simple, with an array of instruments beautifully complementing her voice as she drifts in and out of the familiar melodies that we have grown accustomed to hearing over this special time of the year.
Fans of Norah Jones and Michael Buble, you’ll love Lauren Daigle. In fact, dare I be so bold as to say that Daigle’s vocal has a lot more character than Bubles?! Gasp! But yes, it’s the truth. Looking for an easy listen this Christmas album? This one’s for you! You can read my full review on Gateway News.
I haven’t gotten Christmas Crazy at home yet, but give me a week or two to get my ish together. This year we plan to make our own decorations and I definitely want to do a tree decorating party/ceremony. I mean, what’s the point in having a small army of children, if you can’t make them do embarassingly mushy Christmas related activity?! What do you have planned for tree decor this year?
Guys, guess what, I’m giving away a special Christmas music hamper to one of you special Christmas crazy readers! To enter simply make sure you check out our Music Mondays, find the specially marked post on my Facebook page, share it and drop a comment on it stating which of the albums you think are interesting). You’re welcome to do this as often as you wish. I’ll count each share and comment as a separate entry. And that’s that!
Winners announced on my Facebook page on Wednesday 13th December, (so that you can actually get to enjoy your prize, before Christmas). Make sure you’re following me on Facebook, to check out if you’ve won.
Find the rest of the reviews here:
Crowder – Oh For Joy