Personnel includes: Vanessa Williams (vocals); Marc Shulman, Rob Mathes (electric guitar); Ed Calle (tenor saxophone); Jeff Kievet (trumpet); Dana Teboe (trombone); Robbie Kondor (keyboards); Will Lee (bass); Bashiri Johnson (percussion).
Recorded at Edison Studios and Clinton Studios, New York, New York.
Endowed with a stylish, charismatic voice displaying influences from R&B styles old and new, gospel, pop, and Broadway, singer/actress Vanessa Williams returns to Holiday well-wishing with this second volume of Christmas songs. This COLLECTION presents warm renditions of traditional songs ("Silent Night"), more contemporary items ("Merry Christmas, Darling"), and duets ("Joy To The World," with Brian McKnight and "I Dream A World," with the late actor Ossie Davis).
A multi-talented actress and singer, and the first African-American Miss America (although she stepped down over a controversy surrounding nude photos), Vanessa Williams has been one of the most successful and consistently high-profile black women in the entertainment industry. As a singer Williams found major success on both the pop and R&B charts, as well as on Broadway, where she won a Tony for her role as the witch in INTO THE WOODS. Her acting career has also been extremely successful, and as of 2006 she had a lead role on the award-winning television series UGLY BETTY.