2015 India.Arie & Joe Sample – Christmas With Friends

Christmas With Friends is a collaborative Christmas album by American singer India.Arie and American pianist Joe Sample. It was released on October 16, 2015, through Motown and Soulbird Music. Arie worked as one of the album’s executive producers with American pianist John Burke and American musician Dave Koz. Sample contributed to four of the songs, but died from mesothelioma before the album’s completion. After placing the project on hold for a year, Arie decided to collaborate with other artists to complete it.

Christmas with Friends consists of ten tracks, including nine covers of Christmas standards and carols, and one original song co-written by Arie’s mother. Following the album’s release, Arie promoted it in various venues, particularly through her Christmas with Friends Tour (2015). Christmas with Friends received a generally mixed critical reception. The album appeared on several Billboard charts. The album peaked at number 28 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Tracks

1  Let It Snow (Jule Styne; Sammy Cahn) 02:35
2  Favorite Time Of Year (Aaron Lindsey; India Arie; Joyce Simpson) 03:04
3  Silent Night (Franz Gruber; Joseph Mohr) 03:40
4  Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas (Hugh Martin; Ralph Blane) 04:35
5  Merry Christmas Baby (Johnny Moore; Lou Baxter) 03:34
6  I’ve Got My Love To Keep Me Warm (Irving Berlin) 03:12
7  The Christmas Song (Mel Tormé; Robert Wells) 04:24
8  God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen (Traditional) 04:19
9  Mary, Did You Know? (Buddy Greene; Mark Lowery) 03:23
10  Auld Lang Syne (Traditional) 03:41

Media

Musicians

1 Let It Snow

Upright BassNicklas Sample
DrumsJeff Watts
KeyboardsAaron Lindsey
PianoJoe Sample
SynthesizerAaron Lindsey
PercussionJavier Solis
VocalsIndia Arie


2 Favorite Time Of Year

All InstrumentsAaron Lindsey
VocalsTori Kelly
VocalsIndia Arie


3 Silent Night

All InstrumentsAaron Lindsey
VocalsTori Kelly
VocalsIndia Arie


4 Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas

BassAaron Lindsey
DrumsJeff Watts
KeyboardsAaron Lindsey
PianoJoe Sample
SynthesizerAaron Lindsey
PercussionJavier Solis
VocalsIndia Arie
VocalsBrandy Rayana Norwood


5 Merry Christmas Baby

Upright BassAaron Lindsey
DrumsAaron Lindsey
Fender RhodesAaron Lindsey
KeyboardsAaron Lindsey
PianoJoe Sample
VocalsKim Owens
VocalsIndia Arie


6 I’ve Got My Love To Keep Me Warm

BassNathan East
DrumsTeddy Campbell
PianoAaron Lindsey
VocalsMichael McDonald
VocalsIndia Arie


7 The Christmas Song

BassChuck Berghofer
DrumsTeddy Campbell
Acoustic GuitarPaul Jackson Jr
KeyboardsDavid Delhomme
PianoJohn Beasley
SaxDave Koz
TromboneTroy Andrews
VocalsIndia Arie
VibraphoneCraig Fundyga


8 God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen

BassNicklas Sample
DrumsJeff Watts
KeyboardsAaron Lindsey
PianoJoe Sample
SynthesizerAaron Lindsey
PercussionJavier Solis
VocalsIndia Arie


9 Mary, Did You Know?

BassNathan East
DrumsTeddy Campbell
KeyboardsAaron Lindsey
PianoAaron Lindsey
VocalsIndia Arie
PercussionJavier Solis
VocalsKhristian Dentley


10 Auld Lang Syne

Upright BassNathan East
DrumsTeddy Campbell
KeyboardsAaron Lindsey
PianoAaron Lindsey
SaxKirk Whalum
VocalsIndia Arie

Liner Notes

Producer – Aaron Lindsey, India.Arie (Tracks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 10)
Producer – Joe Sample (Tracks 1, 3, 4, 7)
Producer (Executive) – India Arie
Arranged By – Joe Sample (Tracks 1, 3, 4, 7)
Arranged By – Aaron Lindsey (Tracks 3, 4, 5, 8, 9, 10)
Arranged By – John Beasley (Track 6)
Arranged By (Horn) – Hamilton Hardin (Track 5)
Arranged By (Strings) – John Stoddart (Tracks 4, 9)
Edited By – Aaron W. Lindsey (Tracks 1, 3, 7)
Engineer (Assistant) – Lenny Wee, Ryan Staples, Seth Presant (Track 6)
Mastered By – Reuben Cohen
Mixed By – Paul Salvo (Tracks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10)
Mixed By – Allen Sides (Track 6)
Recorded By – Case Mundy (Tracks 1, 3, 4, 7)
Recorded By – Aaron Lindsey (Track 2)
Recorded By – Rob Skipworth (Tracks 4, 6)
Recorded By – Danny Duncan (Tracks 5, 8, 9, 10)
Recorded By – Allen Sides (Track 6)
Recorded By (Additional) – Gerrit Kinkel (Track 6)
Recorded By (Brandy) – Timothy Wyman (Track 3)
Recorded By (India Arie) – Kory Aaron (Track 2)
Recorded By (Kem Vocals) – Eric Morgeson (Track 4)
Recorded By (Michael McDonald) – Mark Casselman (Track 5)
Recorded By (Tori Kelly) – Matthew Emonson (Track 2)
Recorded By (Vocals) – Rob Skipworth (Tracks 1, 3, 7, 9)
Recorded By (Vocals) – Aaron Lindsey (Track 9)

Art Direction, Design – Annalee Valencia-Bruch
Photography By – Cora Coleman Dunham

Mastered At Lurssen Mastering
Mixed At Red Lotus Studios, Hollywood, CA
Recorded At Wire Road Studios
Recorded At India’Song Studios
Recorded At Harmony Studios
Recorded At Wyman Records Studio
Recorded At Sound Logic Recording Studio
Recorded At Red Lotus Studios, Hollywood, CA
Recorded At Ocean Way Recording
Recorded At House Of Blues Studios, Encino
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