Item description for My Christmas Prayer by BeBe Winans...
Album DescriptionGrammy Award winning, Gospel and R&B giant, singer, songwriter and member of the legendary Winans Family, Bebe Winans delivers a classic Christmas album with "My Christmas Prayer". Bebe has recorded a traditional Christmas album inspired by the vintage recordings of the late great Nat "King" Cole. The title track "My Christmas Prayer" is a masterful duet featuring Rob Thomas of Matchbox Twenty- only the second time he's appeared outside of his group. Recorded in a classic pop style with a full orchestra and full choir as backing vocals, the remaining tracks on the album consist of everyone's favorite and memorable Christmas carols.
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Studio: Integrity Music
Record Label Universal Music Distribution
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 5.02" Width: 5.9" Height: 0.2" Weight: 0.19 lbs.
Release Date Nov 18, 2003
Publisher EMI-CMG DIST CHRISTMAS #192
ISBN 001225567X ISBN13 0827969078822 UPC 827969078822
Availability 0 units.
More About BeBe Winans
BeBe Winans is a groundbreaking inspirational, R&B, and gospel vocalist, writer, and producer who has recorded with the likes of Stevie Wonder, Brian McKnight, and Whitney Houston. He has won 4 Grammy awards, 10 Dove awards, and 6 Stellar awards, has had a syndicated radio show, and has acted in both film and theater. In 1987 he teamed up with sister CeCe Winans for an amazing run of smash hits and platinum-selling albums. BeBe resides with his family in Nashville, Tennessee.
Reviews - What do customers think about My Christmas Prayer?
Heavenly Dec 15, 2003
The Winans Family have consistantly put out some of the best music I've ever bought and this one is not exception..His renditions are solid, well produced pieces of music and just the added change from the "cookie cutter" productions of Christmasses past...I especially enjoy the new "My Christmas Prayer" with Rob Thomas and mother Deloris..I recently had the opportunity to see BeBe in person and he did not disappoint then and you will not be disappointed with this purchase..I also recommend purchasing (if you haven't already) "First Christmas" where he is joined by sister CeCe and CeCe's own Christmas CD, "His Gift"..
Serious Christmas Effort from Sterling Vocalist Dec 14, 2003
I must echo the sentiments of nearly everyone else who has written reviews so far about this album.
BeBe's singing is both impressive from a technical standpoint (he hits those notes!) and forcefully passionate from an emotional standpoint. I've often felt him to be under-appreciated from a mass market perspective because he operates mostly within the gospel market. But he is truly one of the most soulful male vocalists of modern times.
The production is lush and the songs are well-chosen. The new title track is strong, in both versions, with Rob Thomas of Matchbox 20 and with Mom Delores Winans. And I love the adaptation of George Harrison's "My Sweet Lord".
If I have one quibble, it's that the pacing of this CD is a bit on the slow side. I DO like slow holiday songs best - and I'd rather have this than a bunch of 'Frosty The Snowman' renditions.
But the wall-to-wall emphasis on slow songs - delivered with heavy orchestral production and intensely sung vocals - does make this CD feel extra serious. The album is beautiful and spiritual - but doesn't have much of that holiday 'fun'. Definitely makes it the ideal album for reflecting upon the meaning of the Christmas season (but not the CD I'd play for the office party with the spiked eggnog).
Buy it anyway - because it IS great, as long as you understand what you are getting.
Wow Dec 11, 2003
Bebe has always been the undisputed man in my book. His work with Cece was great, but his solo career has really bloomed. His solo debut was fantastic.
As for the Christmas albums, the older one w/Cece has always been my all time favorite holiday cd. The arrangments are fresh and beautiful.
However, Bebe's newest beats all. Buy this cd. You won't be disappointed. Bebe Winans is the premier gospel artist of our time.
My Undisputed Favorite Dec 6, 2003
Although we have a basket full of holiday CD's, all we are listening to this year is My Christmas Prayer,interrupted only by Bebe and Cece's FIRST CHRISTMAS.Since we received it a few days ago it has played almost constantly in the background.The duet with Rob Thomas is the perfect blend of heart, soul and faith.Every arrangement is touching and original. It instantly become my favorite Christmas album the first time I played it.But-truth be told-I am such a devoted fan of Bebe's that there was very little chance I wouldn't adore this CD as well.
Not only the best HOLIDAY CD, but the BEST CD of 2003!!! Dec 4, 2003
You can FEEL BeBe Winans praying FOR THE WORLD on 'My Christmas Prayer'! What incredibly moving lyrics!! BeBe sings with such passion and intensity, he just blows me away. All the tunes included on this CD are truly CLASSIC, while still being fresh and exciting to listen to. The orchestration and vocals - including the background singers! - are so rich and lush, any of these songs would be perfect movie soundtracks, they are so deliciously recorded. IMHO, not only are these amazing classics better than the standard versions everyone is used to, but FAR BETTER! I adore The First Noel, O Holy Night, Silent Night -- oh, I can't pick my favorite, because I love them all equally! What a treat to have a CD with ALL GREAT SONGS and not just one or two (if that). This CD will be in my player not just through this holiday season, but into 2004. I know me, and once I am lucky enough to come across a CD that is PACKED with great tunes, I don't stop playing it for a long time, and though these are 'holiday' tunes, they are so wonderfully full of energy that it'll be my pleasure to listen to them throughout the New Year!! Buy it now - you'll be glad you did!