Title: Holiday Wishes
Artist/Band: Idina Menzel
Genre: Holiday Pop
Label: Warner Bros.
Release Date: October 14, 2014
Holiday Wishes, a Christmas album recorded by Tony Award-winning singer/actor Idina Menzel, is out now on Warner Bros. Records.
The album was produced by Grammy Award-winner Walter Afanasieff (Barbra Streisand, Celine Dion, Mariah Carey) and features such classic favorites as “All I Want For Christmas Is You” and “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas,” as well as Joni Mitchell’s Christmas-themed “River,” one of Menzel’s favorites.
Another highlight is a duet with international superstar Michael Bublé on “Baby It’s Cold Outside.” An exclusive Target edition of Holiday Wishes features two bonus tracks, including “Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!”.
Idina’s career has traversed stage, film, television, and music. She was most recently heard as Elsa in Disney’s global box-office smash Frozen, in which she sings the film’s Oscar-winning song “Let It Go.” After her performance of the multi-platinum song at the 86th annual Academy Awards, she made history as the first person with both a Billboard Top 10 hit and a Tony Award for acting.
Idina currently stars as Elizabeth in the original Broadway production of If/Then.
I loved Idina Menzel on Glee as Rachel’s mother, and I had heard her version of Defying Gravity from Wicked. But I most identify her currently as the voice of Elsa from Frozen.
That being said, I have to admit that as I listened to the first couple of songs on Menzel’s new album, Holiday Wishes, I had a hard time separating Menzel’s voice from the character of Elsa in the movie. But once I got to “Baby It’s Cold Outside”, her duet with Michael Buble’, I was hooked on her distinctive voice and ease behind a microphone.
Check out this trailer from the album:
Some of my other favorites were “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”, “All I Want for Christmas is You”, and “Holly Jolly Christmas” (I dare you not to smile when you hear this song!!)
I think Holiday Wishes is a fun album. It’s easy to listen to and evokes the nostalgia of the holiday. I give Holiday Wishes four microphones. I believe this album will be a Christmas mainstay for many years to come.
I participated in the Idina Menzel Holiday Wishes album review program as a member of One2One Network. I was provided an album to review but all opinions are my own.