There are few gospel quartet
Christmas CDs currently in the marketplace. There is definitely a void in
the industry as it relates to holiday music from gospel quartet singers and
groups. Yes, there are notable exceptions,
The Gospel Keynotes
Christmas with The Keynotes, Go Tell It On The Mountain
by The Blind Boys of
Keith Wonderboy Johnsons
Our Gift to You, and the Christmas CDs released by Blackberry
Records and MALACO. But, overall, there have not been a major release of
Christmas music by a gospel quartet group in quite some time. And, when there is
a release, it is usually a remake of songs that have been recorded over and
Therefore, it was a pleasant
surprise to learn that there would be a new CD of Christmas music by
The CD is fittingly titled Christmas with Luther Barnes. You
are certain to enjoy the 10 songs on this holiday music project. The title
may lead you to believe that this is a solo project by
Well, it is not. This CD is a Barnes family offering.
The Sunset Jubilaires
can be heard contributing significantly to Lets Go To Church On
Christmas Day and Silver Bells.
The Red Budd Youth Choir
can be heard on Hark The Herald Angels Sing. Lisa Barnes
sing lead on Oh Holy Night.
Cynthia Banes displays her awesome talents on Hallelujah To The Lamb.
Luther Barnes, Tevis Harris, and Wanda Morgan call all be heard sharing lead
duties on Christmas Medley (Away In A Manger, Go Tell It On The Mountain).
This medley should attract a lot of radio angels. The length of the song
may prevent many radio stations from adding it to their rotation. This
will certainly be unfortunate, because it is indeed a great arrangement to two
(2) of the most recognizable Christmas songs. And, Away In A Manger
will also remind you of The Cantons.
While this project is an all around winner there are some selections that stand
out. For instance,
Luthers version of Silent
Night is one of the best re-arrangement of this song. The vocals
on this track can only be described as smooth.
is truly at his best when he sings a ballad. And, this song showcases that
ability, as well as his ability to put a lot of feeling into a very traditional
Luther has given Jesus, Oh What A Wonderful Child an arrangement
that really brings it into the twenty first century. This is another song
that the radio angels will like. With this song
has incorporated the best of contemporary music with a gospel quartet
foundation. The two (2) remaining songs on this project are There
Is Room For Thee and On This Special Day.
This CD has the potential of becoming, like the Christmas with the
Keynotes project, another stable during the Christmas holiday among
fans of good gospel music. The selection of songs may have you playing
this CD at other times of the year.
This latest release from
is an extraordinary collection of quartet material. You will joy this recording
more and more every time you listen to it. You should be able to purchase
this outstanding CD at your local record store or by clicking on
Christmas With Luther Barnes.
We give Luther Barnes' Christmas with Luther Barnes' a 9 out of 10. Click
on the title to hear Lets
Go To Church On Christmas Day."