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Jody McBrayer – ‘Christmastime’ album review
5 Overall Score

Label:

StowTown Records

For Fans Of:

Avalon, Cana’s Voice, Michael English

We Like:

“Count Your Blessings Instead of Sheep/Silent Night”

Jody McBrayer – ‘Christmastime’ album review

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Between the re-ignition of his solo career and starting the new supergroup Cana’s Voice, former Avalon vocalist Jody McBrayer is really on a roll. Christmastime (buy) not only fully cements the practically flawless tenor’s comeback, but is also one of the strongest seasonal releases in recent memory thanks to its split between moving originals, a few tried and trues, plus some more than welcome rarities. No matter if it’s his own “Imagine This Christmas,” a clever merger of Irving Berlin’s “Count Your Blessings Instead Of Sheep” with “Silent Night” or George Michael & Wham!’s “Last Christmas,” McBrayer turns in a classy, cozy, jazzy and all around reflective ode to the most wonderful time of the year.

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About The Author

Andy Argyrakis
Contributing Editor

Andy Argyrakis is a Chicago-based entertainment writer/photographer who appears in the Chicago Tribune, Illinois Entertainer, Daily Journal, Concert Livewire, Hear/Say Magazine and Image Chicago (to name a few). Additional photo credits include Fuse TV, Live Nation, Nikon, Pollstar, Celebrity Access, Paste Magazine, MTV.com and Vibe.com. He’s also the author/narrator of "Access Matthews" (an audio CD tracing the career of Dave Matthews Band) and spends considerable time on tour, including outings with Arlo Guthrie, The Guess Who, Madina Lake (on Linkin Park’s Projekt Revolution) and Gospel Music Channel’s "Gospel Dream" (where he served as season one judge).