By Kate E. Stephenson
Amazon’s Hot 2012 Holiday Music Releases list is quite an eclectic mix of Christmas cheer. Appearing in the top 20 list twice, Welsh lyric mezzo-soprano Katherine Jenkins takes the title of Holiday Album Queen this year. Her albums This Christmas and My Christmas are collections of caroling classics.
My Christmas harkens to Midnight Mass with hauntingly beautiful interpretations of “O Holy Night”, “Silent Night”, “Hallelujah” and “Ave Maria”.
This Christmas offers a great mix of secular and religious notes. While most of the album is performed in Katherine’s amazing full-bodied operatic voice, Jenkins gets a little slinky in a version of “Santa Baby” that would make Eartha Kitt proud. The album also features my personal favorite “This Christmas (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)”.