Personnel: Donna Summer, Michael Mellett, Kim Fleming (vocals); Dan Huff, Jerry McPherson (guitar); Danny O'Lannerghty (bass); Guy Penrod, David Holloway, Butch Curry, Dave Williamson, Mark Ivey, Russell Maulden, Gary Robinson, Travis Cottrell, Chuck Sullivan, Rick Gibson, Mel Tunney, Mary George, Leah Taylor, Ellen Musick, Lisa Glasgow, Tammy Jenson, Sarah Huffman, Stephanie Hall, Roz Thompson, Donna McElroy, Susanne Schwartz, Scat Springs, Angelo Petrucci, Veronica Petrucci, Amanda Omartian, Akil Thompson, Rachel Gaines, Heritage Children's Choir (background vocals).
Recorded at Tejas Recorders, Franklin, Tennessee; Sound Shop and Javelina Studios, Nashville, Tennessee.
A diva is not truly a diva until she releases a Christmas album. 1994's CHRISTMAS SPIRIT is Donna Summer's entry into the canon, and a fine one it is. Summer wisely sticks to the basics here. The two originals, the title track, and "Christmas Is Here" are fine, but Summer really shines on the low-key versions of standards like Mel Torme's "The Christmas Song" and Irving Berlin's "White Christmas."
A born-again Christian, Summer devotes a good chunk of the album to traditional carols and hymns, which she sings with devotion and restraint. The arrangements are mildly synthesizer-heavy, but unobtrusive, and Summer's still-remarkable voice is always at the forefront.
Christmas Song, The
O Come All Ye Faithful
Christmas Is Here
Christmas Medley: What Child Is This / Do You Hear What I Hear / Joy To The World