A Very Special Christmas Volume 7 has twelve holiday songs performed by some of the best young artists of our time; and if you like holiday music with a few contemporary twists this is certainly an album for you! These artists make their numbers shine bright with outstanding performances; and it all holds its own very well. The quality of the sound on this CD is excellent; and what is also wonderful about this CD is that its sales help to raise money for Special Olympics.
Colbie Caillat starts the album off with a superb rendition of "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas." The arrangement plays a little with the keys and the tempo to let Colbie put her own stamp on this ballad; I really like how well she does this. The Carter Twins do a fine job on "Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!;" they never sounded better and the guitar work really makes this number special. Great! Miley Cyrus does justice to "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree" as well; her version of the song rocks and Miley delivers it with lots of positive energy.
"Winter Wonderland" by Vanessa Hudgens absolutely charms me with its beauty; Vanessa's excellent diction enhances her performance and I love that percussion. What a voice Vanessa has! "The Little Drummer Boy" gets a passionate treatment from Sean Kingston; and Charice's "The Christmas Song" has Charice squarely in the spotlight--which is right where she belongs! Charice's voice is just perfect for this classic holiday song.
Kristinia DeBarge's "Do You Hear What I Hear?" impresses me greatly; Kristinia uses a most creative arrangement of this tune and it sounds really good. I also enjoy hearing Mitchel Musso do "Jingle Bell Rock;" Mitchel makes this rock and the guitars, percussion and drums carry the bulk of the music as Mitchel sings this faultlessly! "Christmas (Baby, Please Come Home)" gets the royal treatment from Leighton Meester; and the music fits in very well with Leighton's singing. "Christmas (Baby, Please Come Home)" rocks but it's still very poignant; it's a standout on this album.
"Santa Baby" by Kellie Pickler sounds wonderful--and how's about that music? "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing" is another charmer; Carrie Underwood delivers this with panache and just one listen proves it! "Last Christmas" by Ashley Tisdale features her great singing voice as she sings this very well; and the album ends with Gloriana performing "Silent Night." What a terrific way to end this album!
A Very Special Christmas Volume 7 is another awesome installment in this CD series; if you have the first 6 volumes you owe it to yourself to get this CD. In addition, fans of the performers on this album would do well to add this to their music collections.