Chanté Moore, a Grammy-nominated songstress who’s career began in the early 90’s, has given us her second album of this year, “Christmas Back to You.” With the success of “The Rise of the Phoenix” being a top 25 R&B album and a top 50 r&b/hip-hop album earlier this year, Chanté has dropped a Christmas album guaranteed to put you in a holiday spirit. The album consists of 11 tracks total with five remakes of your favorite holiday songs.
1. The Christmas Song
2. Cover Me With Snow*
3. Santa Don’t Sleigh*
4. Christmas Time In LA
5. Please Come Home For Christmas
6. Christmas Back to You
7. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
9. Every Day’s Like Christmas
10. Merry Christmas Baby
11. Silent Night
My favorite out of the remakes is, ‘Please Come Home For Christmas.’ With a slight change up to the beat/tone and the added background vocals makes this cover stand out. A classic holiday song with a melodic twist and a guitar solo puts her stamp on a song that everybody knows. She makes a distinct difference from the original which is what you like to see in cover songs. Did the artist simply perform karaoke and record the song verbatim or do they add their own flavor to it, and Chanté does just that on these classical holiday covers. Runner-up would be ‘Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas’ for more of the same reason. The added hip-hop tempo and drums mixed with her vocals make for a great combination of another well known holiday classic.
With five classical covers already on the album, this Grammy-nominated songstress added six original Christmas songs, led by the singles ‘Cover Me in Snow’ and ‘Santa Don’t Sleigh.’ Both tracks are filled with Christmas references such as the chorus for the latter, “Santa Claus don’t Sleigh (slay) like I️ do” which is a catchy and clever play o the nword, both should get radio spins around the holiday season. ‘Christmas Time in L.A.’ is the standout track. From the production to the vocals and it even gives off a summertime vibe for a winter in Southern California. With the added auto-tune vocals this track provides a throwback bbq feel. It’s a song that will have the whole family dancing throughout the holidays.
Overall this is a solid album for what it’s supposed to be. Don’t expect a Grammy nominee for album of the year, but a collection of tracks that you and the whole fam can sing along and dance to. Whether it be one of the classic holiday remakes or an original track, Chanté Moore delivers the first gift for the 2017 holidays dropping “Christmas Back to You” her 8th solo studio project available everywhere as of November 3rd.