Joy, Samara

Verve, 2023CD
Instrument: Female Vocals

Issue: 29.4

Jazz Ruler Type: Ballads, Blues
O's Jazz Ruler

Performance: 4
Performance Chart

Sound: 3
Sound Chart

Score: 88
Score Chart

O’s Notes: Samara’s rich, silky voice spills over six Holiday classics on her first Christmas album A Joyful Holiday. There are six selections, four never heard before. “Twinkle Twinkle Little Me” features pianist Sullivan Fortner in a duet. We also liked the live recording of “The Christmas Song”, a duet with Samara and her father Antonio McLendon, “Warm in December”, and “O Holy Night” featuring the McLendon Family.


Publicist: Crossover Media