R&B, Jazz Acts Salute 'Charlie Brown Christmas'
Vanessa Williams, Toni Braxton, Brian McKnight and Chaka Khan have all lent their talents to an upcoming "A Charlie Brown Christmas" tribute album.Vanessa Williams, Toni Braxton, Brian McKnight and Chaka Khan have all lent their talents to an upcoming "A Charlie Brown Christmas" tribute album. Due Oct. 4 via Peak Records, "40 Years -- A Charlie Brown Christmas" will feature a collection of soul, jazz and R&B artists crooning newly recorded versions of the cartoon classics in honor of the holiday special's 40th anniversary.
David Benoit, Rick Braun, Dave Koz, Norman Brown, Gerald Albright, Eric Marienthal and the Rippingtons featuring Russ Freeman will also offer their renditions of the holiday standards.
The album also boasts three new tracks: "Just Like Me." performed by Williams, "Red Baron" with the Rippingtons featuring Freeman and Braxton's take on "It's The Most Wonderful Time of the Year."
The first "A Charlie Brown Christmas" album, performed by the Vince Guaraldi Trio, has been a strong holiday seller for decades. In December, ABC will broadcast the original cartoon alongside a 40th anniversary special.
"Christmas Is Coming," David Benoit
"Just Like Me," Vanessa Williams
"Linus and Lucy," Dave Koz
"It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year," Toni Braxton
"My Little Drum," Rick Braun
"Skating," Norman Brown
"Christmas Time Is Here," Brian McKnight
"O Tannenbaum," Gerald Albright
"Red Baron," the Rippingtons featuring Russ Freeman
"The Christmas Song," Chaka Khan
"Fur Elise" David Benoit
"Christmas Time Is Here" Eric Marienthal