Smokey Robinson has just released his first-ever holiday album as a solo artist, Christmas Everyday, which is available exclusively from Amazon on CD and digitally. The 10-track collection features the Motown legend’s unique renditions of seven well-known holiday tunes, along with three brand-new original Christmas songs.
Robinson tells ABC Radio that he’s “really excited” about Christmas Everyday, which gets its title from a song originally featured on the 1963 Miracles album Christmas with The Miracles album. He re-recorded the song for the new release.
Christmas Everyday was co-produced by Adam Anders, the award-winning musical director of the TV series Glee. “He’s such a creative musical person, and just working with him has been a joy,” Robinson gushes. The album includes guest appearances by New Orleans jazz man Trombone Shorty, vocal group Take 6 and modern funk/soul act The Dap Kings, which allowed Smokey to incorporate various music genres.
For example, “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town” is done with some “New Orleans flavor,” and features a trombone solo by Trombone Shorty. “White Christmas,” meanwhile, is highlighted by a peppy bossa nova beat. “It’s very lively,” Smokey maintains. “I’m proud of it.”
As for the new original songs, Robinson tells ABC Radio that one of the standouts is “You’re My Present.”
“This is an ode from a guy to his woman,” Smokey explains of the touching tune. “He’s telling her — because there’s so many people in this situation in life — that, ‘It’s OK…you don’t have to be sorry or sad…because you don’t have any money to buy me anything for Christmas, ’cause you’re my present.'” (AUDIO IS ABC 1-ON-1)
Here is the full track list of Robinson’s Christmas Everyday album:
“Santa Claus Is Coming to Town” — featuring Trombone Shorty
“The Christmas Song”
“The Night That Baby Was Born”
“Please Come Home for Christmas”
“Christmas Everyday” — featuring Us the Duo
“You’re My Present” — featuring The Dap Kings
“O Holy Night” — featuring Take 6
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