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Artist: Martina McBride
Release Date: Sep 2002
Record Label: RCA
Sub-Genre: Contemporary Country
Duration: Album or EP
1. Do You Hear What I Hear?
2. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
3. Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow
4. O Come All Ye Faithful
5. Christmas Song, The
6. O Holy Night
7. Silver Bells
8. Away in a Manger
9. White Christmas
10. What Child Is This?
11. I'll Be Home for Christmas
12. Silent Night
Contributing artists: Brent Mason
Producer: Martina McBride, Paul Worley
Distributor: EMI Christian Music Group
Recording type: Studio
Recording mode: Stereo
SPAR Code: n/a
Personnel includes: Martina McBride (vocals); Dennis Burnside (arranger); Biff Watson (acoustic guitar); Brent Mason (electric guitar); Carl Gorodetzky, Janet Askey, Karen Winkelmann, JoAnn Cruthirds, Elisabeth Small, Gerald C. Greer, Carolyn Wann, Lee Larrison, Conni Ellisor, Mary Kathryn Vanosdale, David Angell, Alan Umstead, David Davidson (violin); Jim Grosjean, Kristin Wilkinson (viola); Anthony La Marchina, Julia E. Tanner (cello); Mary A. Hoepfinger (harp); Karen Winkelmann (recorder); Skip Cleavinger (penny whistle); Matt Rollings, Jim Medlin (piano); Steve Nathan (synthesizer); Craig Nelson (acoustic bass); Joe Chemay (electric bass); Shannon Forrest (drums); Sam Bacco (percussion); James Ferguson, Marabeth Jordan, Louis D. Nunley, Lisa Silver (background vocals).
Engineers include: Clarke Schleicher, Tony Green, Mike Poole.
Recorded at Ocean Way, Nashville, Tennessee and Emerald-The Tracking Room, Nashville, Tennessee.
All tracks have been digitally mastered using HDCD technology.
Personnel: Biff Watson (acoustic guitar); Brent Mason (electric guitar); Mary Hoepfinger (harp); Karen Winkelmann (violin, recorder); Connie Ellisor, Elisabeth K. Small, Gerald Greer, Carrie Bailey, Joann Cruthirds, Chris Teal, Mary Kathryn Vanosdale, Carl Gorodetzky, Pamela Sixfin, David Davidson , Lee Larrison, Alan Umstead, David Angell, Catherine Umstead, Cate Myer, Janet Askey (violin); Kristin Wilkinson, Jim Grosjean, Monisa Angell, Gary VanOsdale (viola); Julia Tanner, Carole Neuen-Rabinowitz, John Catchings, Anthony LaMarchina, Robert Mason (cello); Ann Richards (flute); Skip Cleavinger (pennywhistle); Lee Levine (clarinet); Bobby G. Taylor (oboe); Jim Medlin, Matt Rollings (piano); Mark Jordan, Steve Nathan (synthesizer); Joe Chemay (bass guitar); Lonnie Wilson, Shannon Forrest (drums); Eric Darken, Sam Bacco (percussion); Dennis Wilson , Lisa Silver, Marabeth Jordon, Mark Ivey, James Ferguson, Louis Dean Nunley (background vocals).
Audio Mixers: Clarke Schleicher; Sandy Jenkins; Tony Green.
Recording information: Emerald-The Tracking Room, Nash; Ocean Way Nashville.
Photographer: Andrew Eccles.
Arranger: Dennis Burnside.
Once, country artists used Christmas albums as an opportunity to create versions of holiday classics suitable for airplay on country radio. In the late '90s, country artists used holiday albums as an opportunity to stretch artistically--and that usually meant recording with a full orchestra. Martina McBride's WHITE CHRISTMAS, her first holiday collection, is a fine example of this trend. It finds McBride, a singer of astonishing talent and power, cradling her amazing voice in lush orchestral arrangements which occasionally, as on a track like "Let It Snow," turn whimsical. The material here is strictly classic Christmas, from secular favorites like "Silver Bells," and "I'll Be Home For Christmas" to religious ones like "What Child Is This" and "Away In A Manger."
In an attempt to mimic classic Christmas albums of the past, there's a vocal choir on many tracks, but McBride's voice is so breathtaking that you find yourself wishing they'd just be quiet and let her do all the singing. Thankfully, on the standout track, "O Holy Night," the arranger wisely lets her soaring vocals go solo. WHITE CHRISTMAS' true appeal is the warmth and emotion McBride manages to bring to Christmas standards the listener has heard countless times.
...McBride imbues most of these 10 traditional classics with lustrous goodwill and infectious holiday bounce. Warmer than a three-log fire. - Rating: B
Entertainment Weekly (12/04/1998)
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