It’s time to put in something a little swingin’ in this list and Lauren Diagle’s “Behold: A Christmas Collection” certainly gives Christmas a little Jazz Twist.
As something different for Lauren Diagle who is better known for her work as a contemporary Christian artist, “Behold: A Christmas Collection” offers the listener a different perspective on the Christmas favourites.
As a Louisianan, Diagle offers a set of tunes that lay back hard and offer an almost New Orleanian groove to the Christmas genre.
Her sound is unique and quite engaging that makes this album one that you will want to listen to all the way through:
“Blessed with a voice that is both smoky and sweet, Daigle has forged a unique sound that combines the soulful, heart-in-throat vulnerability of Adele, with the passionate fire to serve God that Daigle admires in Brooke Fraser.”
With some great instrumental work and solid improvisatory solos that are as engaging as the vocal. The whole album is understated but a very musically rewarding listen that takes me back to days spent with friends altering and improvising on Christmas carols, while playing in the shopping centres all through December to raise money for the Salvation Army Christmas Appeal.”
So many great tracks that appeal to me but two that deserve a specific mention as well as ‘My Must Hear’ at the bottom of the page are ‘Light of the World’ an original that was released on as a single for 2015 and ‘White Christmas’ which really brings home the layed back simple groove. In both of these songs, the simplicity speaks volumes of the talent.
An excellent album that my wife chose for us to listen to but certainly has sparked my interest and curiosity that more I listen to it.
A very rewarding listen.
To purchase this album visit: Australian iTunes
To hear more of Lauren Diagle visit: laurendaigle.com