Johnny Louis/FilmMagicAfter 27 years as a recording artist, Kenny Lattimore finally decided to release his first holiday album, Kenny Lattimore Christmas.
The veteran crooner performed on the 2016 Holiday Run concert tour with jazz saxophonist David Koz, Jonathan Butler and Valerie Simpson, and the experience inspired him to record the album.
“This tour was the catalyst for my album,” Lattimore tells Billboard. The 11-track set is a combination of traditional and original holiday songs blending R&B, jazz and gospel. “I didn’t want it all over the place,” he says. “But it’s enough outside of the box that people don’t expect it.”
The classic tracks include Lattimore’s versions of “The Christmas Song,” “O Holy Night” and “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas.”
Lattimore is looking forward to performing next year on the Capital Jazz Soul Cruise. It sails from Miami to Cuba from February 19-26, 2017 featuring Eric Roberson, Lalah Hathaway, Kem, Mint Condition and Avery Sunshine.
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