Christmas Wishes Idina Menzel
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- 1Do You Hear What I Hear03:45
- 2The Christmas Song03:32
- 3Baby It's Cold Outside (duet with Michael Bublé)02:46
- 4Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas05:43
- 5All I Want For Christmas Is You05:12
- 6What Are You Doing New Year's Eve?04:36
- 7December Prayer04:50
- 8When You Wish Upon A Star03:00
- 9Silent Night04:30
- 11Holly Jolly Christmas02:27
- 12White Christmas04:12
Info for Christmas Wishes
Holiday Wishes is produced by Grammy Award-winner Walter Afanasieff (Barbra Streisand, Celine Dion, Mariah Carey) and features such classic favorites as "A Holly Jolly Christmas" and "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas".
„Frozen opened the doors for Holiday Wishes, a seasonal album from Broadway superstar Idina Menzel. Without the 2013 Disney blockbuster, Menzel may have cut a Christmas record, but certainly Frozen's success meant that Holiday Wishes arrived to the biggest potential audience she'd ever have, so it's not a surprise the record plays it safe. Save for the presence of Mariah Carey's "All I Want for Christmas Is You," which is now the closest thing to a new holiday standard, and perhaps the shoehorning of "When You Wish Upon a Star" into the Christmas theme, there are no surprises here, not in the choice of songs, not in the old-fashioned arrangements, not even in the choice of Michael Bublé as the duet partner for a de rigueur "Baby It's Cold Outside." Unsurprising though it may be, Holiday Wishes nevertheless is satisfying because producer Walter Afanasieff commits to his Christmas classicism, as does Menzel. Everything here sparkles with the gleam of freshly fallen snow: it's big, bright, and so stubbornly out of fashion that it'd never go out of style.“ (Stephen Thomas Erlewine, AMG)
Idina Menzel, vocals
Michael Bublé, vocal (duet)
Walter Afanasieff, keyboards
Randy Waldman, piano
Dennis Budimir, guitar
Paul Jackson Jr., guitar
Kenny G, saxophone
Kent Smith, trumpet
Nathan East, bass
Vinnie Colaiuta, drums
Missi Hale, background vocals
Luke Edgemon, background vocals
Monét Owens, background vocals
Engineered by Tyler Gordon, David Reitzas, Adrian Bradford
Produced by Walter Afanasieff, Rob Mounsey
Her voice can be heard as Elsa in Disney’s global box office smash Frozen, in which she sings the film’s multi-platinum song “Let It Go.” She performed the song at the 86th Annual Academy Awards and the song went on to win the Oscar that night. Idina made history as the first person with both a Billboard Top 10 hit and a Tony Award for acting. She currently stars as “Elizabeth” in the original Broadway production If/Then, by Pulitzer Prize-winning team Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey. Of her performance, New York Magazine affirmed “Idina Menzel sings beyond anyone’s idea of reasonable vocal or emotional limits. She blows the roof off of the theatre,” while Variety described her “tear-the-house-down voice and commanding personality.” Menzel received her third Tony nomination for the role and performed “Always Starting Over” from If/Then at the 2014 Tony Awards.
Menzel reached superstardom on Broadway with her Tony Award-winning performance as Elphaba, the misunderstood green girl, in the blockbuster Wicked and in her Tony-nominated role as Maureen in Rent. Menzel also appeared as Sheila in the Encores! production of Hair and starred as Amneris in Broadway’s Aida. In London, she originated the role of Elphaba in the West End production of Wicked and received the WhatsOnStage Theatregoers' Choice Award for Best Actress in a Musical. Other Off-Broadway credits include Michael John LaChiusa’s musical See What I Wanna See, directed by Ted Sperling at The Public Theater, the pre-Broadway production of Rent, and The Vagina Monologues.
Lauded for her strong yet emotional performances, Menzel recently concluded a highly successful international tour, concluding with a sold-out performance at Radio City Music Hall. Accompanied by world-renowned symphonies, she played to sold-out audiences and demonstrated why she is one of the great performers, earning her second WhatsOnStage Theatregoers’ Choice Award for Best Solo Performance in 2013. The Denver Post dubbed her “The Streisand of her generation,” while The New York Times praised her as “an entertainer with a phenomenal voice…Diana Ross with ten times the stamina and lung power.” As part of her tour, Menzel’s live concert at The Royal Conservatory in Toronto, Canada was recorded for her CD and DVD, Idina Menzel Live: Barefoot at the Symphony, led by legendary composer/conductor Marvin Hamlisch. The concert aired internationally, including a PBS special in the United States. A skillful songwriter, Menzel also performs and records her own music. Her albums include Barefoot at the Symphony, I Stand, Here, and Still I Can’t Be Still. Menzel’s latest album, Holiday Wishes, was produced by Walter Afanasieff and includes the original song “December Prayer.”
In addition to Frozen, Menzel’s film credits include Disney’s romantic fable, Enchanted, where she appeared opposite Susan Sarandon, Patrick Dempsey and Amy Adams; Rent, in which she reprised her role as Maureen; and a co-starring role in Robert Towne’s Ask the Dust, opposite Salma Hayek and Colin Farrell. Menzel’s television credits include a recurring role on Glee, Fox’s smash hit series, as fan-favorite Shelby Corcoran, Rachel’s biological mother. She has also appeared on Private Practice, Kevin Hill, and Rescue Me.
Philanthropy is also important to Menzel who created the A BroaderWay Foundation in 2010 with Taye Diggs. This organization is dedicated to offering girls from underserved communities an outlet for self-expression and creativity through arts-centered programs. The emphasis is on building self-esteem, developing leadership qualities and striving for personal and social achievement.
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