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Breath Of Heaven
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Alleluia, Alleluia (Peace On Earth)
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There's Still My Joy
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Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
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Winter Wonderland
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Silent Night
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I Wonder As I Wander
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The Christmas Song
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Of The Father's Heart Begotten
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It would take a chance meeting with British band Tears For Fears and her subsequent vocals on that band’s 1989 album ‘The Seeds of Love’ before the world sat up and took note of Oleta Adams. Following that album the Seattle singer went on to release several successful albums and a scored a worldwide hit single in 1991’s ‘Get Here’. With a voice that was made for both gospel and soul it made sense that Adams would record Christmas material at some stage during her career and in 1994 the opportunity presented itself. Adams’ ‘O Come All Ye Faithful’ was her contribution to a Sony Records compilation called ‘Joyful Christmas’ which featured the likes of Lou Rawls, Patti Labelle and Peabo Bryson. Her piano heavy reading of this old carol beautifully illustrated the power of her voice and despite its age it shows no signs of datedness whatsoever.

In 1998 Oleta contributed 2 tracks to a pair of Christmas compilations. Her rendition of ‘The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire)’, which appeared on ‘The Colors of Christmas’, was a lounge delight which if anything slowed things down even further than the version by Nat King Cole that we all know. The redemptive ‘A Child Was Born Into My Life’ was Oleta’s second 1998 Christmas recording. It was recorded for inclusion on a collection of gospel numbers called ‘Christmas Harmony’ with proceeds from the album going to the Harlem School of the Arts.

It would be almost a decade before Oleta donned the red garb again and this time she went all out to ring in the 2006 season with style on her album ‘Christmas Time With Oleta’. The 10-track LP was equally divided between well-known secular Christmas songs and religious carols with Oleta offering a gospel/jazzy approach to each. In what was a smooth and relaxing listen throughout it is Oleta’s vocals that impress the most but the piano parts and choral sequences give this recording a real sense of occasion. There are highlights aplenty like on the slow jazz ramble of ‘Let It Snow’, on the haunting rendition of ‘I Wonder As I Wander’ and a faultless interpretation of everyone’s favourite Christmas Eve carol ‘Silent Night’.

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