Natalie Cole Christmas CD

Natalie Cole Christmas Songs & Music

Natalie Cole's great contribution to Christmas music is undoubtedly The Christmas Song, a duet that, thanks to modern technology, she recorded with her late father Nat King Cole. Over three seasonal albums however, Natalie proved herself to be a star of holiday hits in her own right, lending her smooth jazzy voice to a huge collection of favourite holiday songs.

Natalie Cole Christmas Albums

Holly and Ivy

1994: Holly and Ivy

When Natalie Cole made her first Christmas album in 1994, she used the same production team as had worked on her Unforgettable album three years earlier. The resulting record, Holly and Ivy reached a respectable 36 on the US charts and went Gold across the country. Cole’s rendition of twelve Christmas classics are essentially jazzy, with an uplifting gospel influence creeping into songs such as Joy to the World. Cole also includes a plaintive and beautiful rendition of a song famously recorded by her father, The Little Boy that Santa Claus Forgot.

Christmas With You

1998: Christmas With You

One glance at this album cover tells you there is something a little strange going on. The album is presented by Hallmark and despite it claiming to be yet another Natalie Cole Christmas record, Cole herself only appears on six of the twelve tracks. The rest of the pieces are a collection of instrumentals from the London Symphony Orchestra or performances by the St David’s Cathedral Choir. Whilst the choir and orchestral pieces are fine, those expecting an album full of Natalie’s jazz goodness are bound to be disappointed! Perhaps the saving grace of Christmas With You is the presence of The Christmas Song, the seasonal duet by Natalie and her father.

The Magic of Christmas

1999: The Magic of Christmas

Cole teams up with the London Symphony Orchestra in her 1999 release The Magic of Christmas. The album features some of the best known carols like The Twelve Days of Christmas and Hark the Herald Angels Sing as well some lesser known tracks like My Grown-Up Christmas List. Cole keeps her arrangements simple, sticking to the traditional styles of each song and allowing her powerful voice to dominate. The Magic of Christmas is a great contrast to Cole’s first holiday album Holly and Ivy and shows the versatility and talent of a great artist.