OUR FAMILY CHRISTMAS
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The Henningsens welcome you into their home this season with their first holiday album
Christmas with the Henningsens sounds altogether idyllic and it’s all been captured on their first festive album. It’s snowing outside, the turkey’s on the table, the 10 children are excited and beautiful music’s flowing in the background. Full of family values and traditional Christmas spirit – but never veering too far from their country roots -OUR FAMILY CHRISTMAS evokes happy memories of times gone by.
The Nashville-based band features siblings Clara (lead vocals, guitar), Aaron (guitar, vocals), and theirfather Brian (bass, guitar, vocals), who released their self-titled debut EP in 2013, featuring the break-out hits American Beautiful and I Miss You.
The follow-up Christmas album, produced by brothers Preston and Spencer Dalton, offers eight seasonal favorites and two originals written by the band, but in keeping with the traditional theme. The new recording opens with the perky (after a while a bit too perky), country stomping tune Happy Birthday, Merry Christmas, Baby Jesus, written by Aaron Henningsen, Dave Brainard, and Tim Jackson.
The tone then switches quickly, for the sensational medley Carol of the Bells (a blend of Carol of the Bells, O Come All Ye Faithful and Hark the Herald Angels Sing), which is suited perfectly to Clara’s beautiful, serene voice. With an undeniable country sound, Holly Jolly Christmas is quirkily in dispersed with Henningsen family memories of chicken pox, bad jokes and eating scallops on Christmas day.
Special guests then feature with a version of Silent Night, accompanied by former American Idol finalist Janelle Arthur, and the band is joined by country musician Jerrod Niemann on Christmas Kissin’. O Come, O Come Emmanuel is powerful and atmospheric with sensational backing vocals and OHoly Night demonstrates the band’s beautiful harmonies, accompanied by a sensational string element.
In keeping with the traditional element ofthealbum, and its religious overtones, the family offer a reading of The Christmas Story and a simple version of AuldLang Syne beautifully rounds out the album.
If you’re after a traditional family Christmas album, with country flair – this is it. Megan Gnad