Sunday, October 17, 2021

Aretha Franklin - This Christmas, Aretha (2008)


Aretha Franklin - This Christmas, Aretha (2008)


Tracklist front / back album covers


1. "Angels We Have Heard on High"   5:26

2. "This Christmas" (with Edward Franklin)   5:23

3. "My Grown-Up Christmas List"   5:15

4. "The Lord Will Make a Way"   5:43

5. "Silent Night"   5:06

6. "Ave Maria"   4:57

7. "Christmas Ain't Christmas (Without the One You Love)"   3:53

8. "14 Angels"   2:08

9. "One Night With the King"   6:09

10. "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing"   5:24

11. "'Twas the Night Before Christmas"   1:52



Aretha Franklin Band Members / Musicians

Aretha Franklin – vocals (2-3, 8-9, 11, lead on 1, 4-7, 10)

Tawatha Agee – background vocals (4)

Bridgette Bryant – Fire choir member (1, 5-6, 10)

Alvin Chea – Fire choir member (1, 5-6, 10)

Lynne Fiddmont – Fire choir member (1, 5-6, 10)

The Fire Choir – background vocals (1, 5-6, 10)

Lisa Fischer – background vocals (7)

Edward Franklin – vocals (2)

Wendy Fraser – Fire choir member (1, 5-6, 10)

Dorian Holley – Fire choir member (1, 5-6, 10)

Clydene Jackson – Fire choir member (1, 5-6, 10)

Shelly Ponder – background vocals (4)

Susie Stevens-Logan – Fire choir member (1, 5-6, 10)

Vanesse Thomas – background vocals (7)

Fonzi Thornton – background vocals (4, 7)

Carmen Twillie – Fire choir member (1, 5-6, 10)

Oren Waters – Fire choir member (1, 5-6, 10)

Gerald White – Fire choir member (1, 5-6, 10)

Brenda White-King – background vocals (4, 7)

Terry Wood – Fire choir member (1, 5-6, 10)


Instrumentalists

Aretha Franklin – acoustic piano (5, 8)

Luis Conte – percussion (2-3, 7)

Charles "Volley" Craig – bass played by (4, 8-9)

Matt Dahlgren – guitar (4, 9)

Nathan East – bass played by (1-3, 6-7, 10)

Brandon Fields – saxophone (7)

Richard Gibbs – piano (4, 9)

Timothy Heinz – keyboards (1, 6, 10)

Darryl Houston – organ played by (4, 9)

Paul Jackson Jr. – guitar (1-2, 6-7, 10)

Ricky Lawson – drums (1-3, 6-7, 10)

Arthur Marbury – drums (4, 8-9)

Teddy Richards-White – guitar (4)

Michito Sanchez – percussion (7)

Onita Sanders – harp (8)

James "Big Jim" Wright – keyboards (2-3, 7)


Aretha Franklin – producer (4, 8-9)

H. B. Barnum – conductor (4, 8-9)

Tena Clark – producer (1-3, 5-7, 10-11)

Les Cooper – recording engineer (1-3, 5-7, 10-11)

Todd Fairall – recording engineer (4, 8-9)

Steve Genewick – Pro-tools editing

Don Goodrick – assistant recording engineer

George Gumbs – assistant recording engineer

Timothy Heinz – rhythm arrangements (1, 6, 10)

Bill Meyers – orchestral arrangement, orchestra conductor

Michael J. Powell – recording engineer (4, 8-9)

Tony Rizzo – assistant recording engineer

Al Schmitt – audio mixing, strings recording engineer

Carmen Twillie – choir arrangements, choir conductor (1, 5-6, 10)

Ed Woolley – assistant recording engineer

James "Big Jim" Wright – rhythm arrangements (2-3, 7)




This Christmas, Aretha is the 1st Christmas album and thirty-sixth studio album by American singer Aretha Franklin. Produced by Franklin and Tena Clark, it was originally released on October 14, 2008, as a Borders Bookstore exclusive, consisting of eleven cover versions of Christmas standards and carols. In 2009, the album was reissued in 2009 on DMI Records. This Christmas debuted and peaked at number 102 on the US Billboard 200.

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