I am one of those people who willing listen to Christmas music all year long. I can’t get enough of it. I have a Christmas music playlist on my phone for whenever I need a fix and I wish there was a Sirius XM station that played it all year long! I’d be in heaven!
I am always interested in new artist’s renditions of the classic Christmas carols. And of course, I am always willing to add a new artist to my playlist to mix in some new with the old favorites.
Let me tell you a bit about Idina Menzel and her lovely Christmas album, Holiday Wishes, which is now available everywhere!
The album was produced by Grammy Award-winner Walter Afanasieff (Barbra Streisand, Celine Dion, Mariah Carey) and features such classic favorites as “All I Want For Christmas Is You” and “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas,” as well as Joni Mitchell’s Christmas-themed “River,” one of Menzel’s favorites.
Another highlight is a duet with international superstar Michael Bublé on “Baby It’s Cold Outside.” An exclusive Target edition of Holiday Wishes features two bonus tracks, including “Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!”.
Idina’s career has traversed stage, film, television, and music. She was most recently heard as Elsa in Disney’s global box-office smash Frozen, in which she sings the film’s Oscar-winning song “Let It Go.” After her performance of the multi-platinum song at the 86th annual Academy Awards, she made history as the first person with both a Billboard Top 10 hit and a Tony Award for acting.
Idina currently stars as Elizabeth in the original Broadway production of If/Then.
Holiday Wishes Track Listing
- Do You Hear What I Hear
- The Christmas Song
- Baby It’s Cold Outside (Duet with Michael Buble)
- Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
- All I Want For Christma
- What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?
- December Prayer
- When You Wish Upon A Star
- Silent Night
- Holly Jolly Christmas
- White Christmas
Bonus Tracks on Target Exclusive
- Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow
- Mothers Spiritual
My Favorites & Review
Because I am more drawn to the classic Christmas songs, my favorites are: “Holly Jolly Christmas”, “White Christmas”, and I always love just about every rendition of “Do You Hear What I Hear?”
I heard, “Baby It’s Cold Outside” a number of times and never knew who the male singer was. Michael Buble is not at all one of my favorites, so I was surprised it was him, but I do like this version of the song.
“December Prayer” is also a beautiful song and she really sounds amazing. Not sure if this is an original song or a well known song. I don’t think I’ve heard it before.
I also LOVE LOVE the song “River”. I can’t remember who else sings this song, but this version is awesome!
I was a bit confused as to why “When You Wish Upon A Star” was included, but she is a Disney princess and the album is called Holiday Wishes…but for me, personally, I don’t think this song is Christmasy and doesn’t really belong on a Christmas album.
Overall though, I really like the album and will spend the season enjoying the songs in my playlist!
The album is available everywhere now…check the links below if you are interested in checking it out or follow Idina Menzel on Twitter, Facebook or YouTube.. Listen to a preview or check out the video below as well.
* iTunes: http://bit.ly/IMHolidayWishes
* Amazon: http://bit.ly/IDINAHOLIDAY
* Official Idina Menzel website: www.idinamenzel.com
* Twitter – @idinamenzel
* Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/IdinaMenzel
* YouTube – http://bit.ly/IMHWVID
I participated in the Idina Menzel Holiday Wishes album review program as a member of One2One Network. I was provided an album to review but all opinions are my own.