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Whitney Houston's first collection of seasonal music, "One Wish - The Holiday Album," will be released this week via Arista. The 11-track set includes a duet with her daughter, Bobbi Kristina, on "Little Drummer Boy," and collaborations with producers Troy Taylor, Gordon Chambers and Barry J. Eastmond. Mervyn Warren, who previously worked with Houston on the 1996 soundtrack "The Preacher's Wife," produced eight cuts.
"I've wanted to do an album of holiday songs for some time," Houston says. "I think these are some of the most beautiful songs ever written about such a wonderful time of year and I hope they appeal to everyone."
"One Wish" includes Houston's renditions of such tracks as "The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)," "The First Noel," an opening medley of "Deck the Halls" and "Silent Night" and the Chambers/Eastmond original, "One Wish (For Christmas)," which features a 23-piece string section.
Also due this week via The Inc./Def Jam is R&B star Ashanti's "Ashanti Christmas." Aside from three original, seasonal-inspired tracks, Ashanti tackles "Silent Night," "Joy to the World," "Winter Wonderland" and "We Wish You A Merry Christmas," among others.