“Midwinter Graces” isn’t your typical holiday album and its deep beauty reveals itself upon repeated listenings, which includes Tori Amos’s version of the old classic “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas.” This song was introduced by Judy Garland in the 1944 MGM musical Meet Me in St. Louis. Frank Sinatra later recorded a version with modified lyrics, which has become more common than the original.

Tori Amos’ love of this genre is more than evident. If some songs in the album don’t immediately grab you (this is a Tori Amos album after all), it’s just that this isn’t a “Christmas” specific album and there is nary a Santa or “White Christmas” in sight.  Instead a very angelic-looking Tori (floating in heavenly clouds) is featured on the album’s cover.

Tori Amos (born Myra Ellen Amos; August 22, 1963) is an American pianist, singer-songwriter and composer. She was at the forefront of a number of female singer-songwriters in the early 1990s and was noteworthy early in her career as one of the few alternative rock performers to use a piano as her primary instrument. Some of her charting singles include “Crucify”, “Silent All These Years”, “God”, “Cornflake Girl”, “Caught a Lite Sneeze”, “Professional Widow”, “Spark”, “1000 Oceans”, and “A Sorta Fairytale”, her most commercially successful single in the U.S. to date. As of 2005, Amos had sold 12 million albums worldwide. She has been nominated for 8 Grammy Awards. Amos was also named one of People Magazine’s 50 Most Beautiful People in 1996.

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The Starbucks holiday compilation “Santa Baby”, a series of annual holiday offerings handpicked by Starbucks Entertainment, is anchored in beloved classics performed by the likes of Tony Bennett, Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald. The 15-song compilation also includes new additions to the seasonal oeuvre, most notably new songs from Sonya Kitchell and Pink Martini recorded exclusively for Starbucks. New tracks on “Santa Baby” include Sonya Kitchell’s “White Christmas” and Pink Martini’s “Little Drummer Boy”. Also included on the compilation is Aimee Mann’s rendition of “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” and GRAMMY Award-winning singer and songwriter Sarah McLachlan’s intoxicating version of Joni Mitchell’s classic, “River”.

Starbucks Coffee Company launched Starbucks Entertainment in 2004 to help customers discover quality entertainment options as part of their daily coffee routines. Starbucks Coffee Company first acquired Hear Music in 1999 to become Starbucks Hear Music, the sound of music at Starbucks. Starbucks Hear Music has made a transformative impact on the music industry by providing a new and convenient way for consumers to discover, experience and acquire all genres of great music through its Hear Music CD compilations, its innovative partnerships with other music labels to corelease, market and distribute both exclusive and non-exclusive music, its 24-hour digital music channel on XM Satellite Radio (XM Channel 75) and its breakthrough Hear Music Coffeehouses in Santa Monica, San Antonio and Miami.

Starbucks Hear Music CD selections can be purchased at Starbucks retail locations around the world, as well as online at http://www.starbucks.com/hearmusic. In 2006, Starbucks Entertainment extended beyond music and announced a unique partnership with Lionsgate to market and distribute the inspirational film “Akeelah and the Bee.” The company expects the film to be the first of many such partnerships that help customers discover unique and rewarding entertainment.

Listen also to Diana Krall – Sleigh Ride (Starbucks – Santa Baby)

Source: The Queens Gazette

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The Starbucks holiday compilation “Santa Baby”, a series of annual holiday offerings handpicked by Starbucks Entertainment, is anchored in beloved classics performed by the likes of Tony Bennett, Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald. The 15-song compilation also includes new additions to the seasonal oeuvre, most notably new songs from Sonya Kitchell and Pink Martini recorded exclusively for Starbucks. New tracks on “Santa Baby” include Sonya Kitchell’s “White Christmas” and Pink Martini’s “Little Drummer Boy”. Also included on the compilation is Aimee Mann’s rendition of “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” and GRAMMY Award-winning singer and songwriter Sarah McLachlan’s intoxicating version of Joni Mitchell’s classic, “River”. Of course, notwithstanding Diana Krall’s rendition of “Sleigh Ride.”

Starbucks Coffee Company launched Starbucks Entertainment in 2004 to help customers discover quality entertainment options as part of their daily coffee routines. Starbucks Coffee Company first acquired Hear Music in 1999 to become Starbucks Hear Music, the sound of music at Starbucks. Starbucks Hear Music has made a transformative impact on the music industry by providing a new and convenient way for consumers to discover, experience and acquire all genres of great music through its Hear Music CD compilations, its innovative partnerships with other music labels to corelease, market and distribute both exclusive and non-exclusive music, its 24-hour digital music channel on XM Satellite Radio (XM Channel 75) and its breakthrough Hear Music Coffeehouses in Santa Monica, San Antonio and Miami.

Starbucks Hear Music CD selections can be purchased at Starbucks retail locations around the world, as well as online at http://www.starbucks.com/hearmusic. In 2006, Starbucks Entertainment extended beyond music and announced a unique partnership with Lionsgate to market and distribute the inspirational film “Akeelah and the Bee.” The company expects the film to be the first of many such partnerships that help customers discover unique and rewarding entertainment.

Listen also to Sarah Mclachlan – River (Starbucks – Santa Baby)

Source: The Queens Gazette

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