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A singer/guitarist who travels in smooth jazz, R&B, pop, and gospel circles, Jonathan Butler has released many albums since the late ‘70s. Here, he dives into the crowded Christmas market. The album opens with Donny Hathaway’s soulful classic “This Christmas,” honoring the original with a vocal performance filled with melismatic bravado. Butler also hearkens back to his childhood in South Africa with his opening to “Little Drummer Boy”—which has singing and drumming similar to what he heard as a kid—and brings a smooth South African bounce to “Sleigh Ride.” “Merry Christmas to You” and “Happy Holiday” both come from Butler’s pen; they have a strong pop bent but stand nicely next to the first few songs. Butler switches to acoustic mode for the album's second half, with a chamber music–like “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” and a spare and unhurried “O Holy Night” standing out. With its two distinct parts, this album might seem to have an identity crisis—but Butler acquits himself well on both.

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Holiday Joy!

This long awaited treasure delivers amazingly heartfelt vocals from one of the most beautiful voices ever!!! For anyone that has not heard Jonathan perform Christmas tunes live - be ready for something truly emotional - just OUTSTANDING !!!!!


Another great album from Jonathan Butler for my collection. This man is always a joy to listen too. Hope to see him one day in concert. This is a must Christmas album.

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Born: October, 1961 in Cape Town, South Africa

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

South African expatriate Jonathan Butler isn't really a jazz artist, but his laid-back, slightly jazz-tinged approach to R&B/pop has earned the singer/guitarist/songwriter/producer a lot of supporters in the urban contemporary, adult contemporary, quiet storm, and smooth jazz/NAC markets. Butler has enjoyed a following since the late '70s, although he reached his commercial peak in the late '80s, and he continues to tour and record in the 21st century. Born in Cape Town, South Africa in October 1961,...
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