Celebrate THE SOUL & SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS With getTV’s Second Original Special
Some of gospel, soul, and R&B’s greatest voices come together for getTV’s second original special -The Soul & Spirit Of Christmas!
CeCe Winans, BeBe Winans, Anthony Hamilton and the HamilTones, Take 6, Koryn Hawthorne, and Kyla Jade headline this joyful centerpiece to our “Most Wonderful Month of the Year” celebration premiering Friday, November 23 at 8p ET on getTV.
Recorded before an enthusiastic live audience in Nashville, The Soul & Spirit Of Christmas features a dozen hymns, Christmas carols, and seasonal standards. Plus the stars share their family traditions and fun childhood memories that are sure to get you in a holiday mood.
“A Christmas memory for me was waiting to see if Santa Claus would actually come and eat that cookie and drink that milk,” R&B superstar Anthony Hamilton remembers with a laugh. “I was waiting on it so hard that I fell out of my bunk bed and hit my knee.”
Happily, he recovered! Hamilton rose to prominence in 2003 with the Platinum-selling album Comin’ From Where I’m From, and co-wrote and performed “Freedom” on the Django Unchained soundtrack. He and the vocal trio the HamilTones — J. Vito, Tony Lelo, and 2E — open The Soul & Spirit Of Christmas with “The Little Drummer Boy,” a Christmas classic first recorded by the Trapp Family Singers in the 1950s. Hamilton and the HamilTones return later in the hour for a toe-tapping rendition of “Spend Christmas With You” from his 2014 album Home For The Holidays.
If you love music, you know the name Winans. “Mom and Pop” Winans (a.k.a. Delores and David) are Grammy-nominated vocalists who created the most successful family in gospel history: ten children, all musicians, with 18 Grammy Awards among them! And we’re proud to present two members of this iconic family on The Soul & Spirit Of Christmas.
CeCe Winans, the eighth sibling, has won 12 Grammys and is the best selling gospel artist of all time. She says early in the special, “When you put [soul and spirit] together - and you give it all you’ve got – something great comes alive!” CeCe makes good on that promise with her first song “It’s Christmas,” an infectiously upbeat, Motown-esque track from her new record Something’s Happening. And CeCe continues to build her family’s historic legacy: her new album is produced by her son Alvin Love III.
Next, CeCe introduces “one of the greatest talents the Lord has given us” - her brother BeBe Winans. The 6-time Grammy winner offers a soulful rendition of the traditional carol “Oh Come, All Ye Faithful” that concludes with a nod to BeBe’s evangelical roots. He returns later in the show with “My Christmas Prayer,” an inspiring original composition from his 2004 holiday album of the same name. Then CeCe returns with the traditional carol “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing.”
“Christmas for me is about family,” says Koryn Hawthorne, a Louisiana native with a voice like a warm bowl of honey. “To spend time with each other is important in my book!”
Hawthorne’s acclaimed first album Unstoppable debuted at number one on the Billboard Gospel charts in July. She then made history as the woman with the longest run at number one on Billboard's Hot Gospel Songs (she broke the record at 26 weeks). On The Soul & Spirit Of Christmas, the Dove Award winner sings “This Christmas” and “The First Noel.” Hawthorne’s assured stage presence and soulful pipes belie her relatively young age. She’s already a veteran performer at age 20 with appearances on Mary Mary, Greenleaf, and the eighth season of NBC’s singing competition The Voice.
Speaking of veterans, the a capella ensemble Take 6 have won 10 Grammys in their more than a quarter century together. But group members Joey Kibble, Mark Kibble, Alvin Chea, Claude McKnight, David Thomas, and Khristian Dentley have some rules about performing during this time of year. “We try to make sure Christmastime is when we don’t see each other,” founding member McKnight says on The Soul & Spirit Of Christmas, adding that the band breaks from touring for time with family.
The gospel sextet performs an animated rendition of “You’re A Mean One, Mr. Grinch” from the 1966 TV version of How The Grinch Stole Christmas. Bass vocalist Chea perfectly channels original voice artist Thurl Ravenscroft on a number sure to please kids of all ages.
One of the great joys of The Soul & Spirit Of Christmas is discovering singers you may not have been familiar with. And if you’ve never heard the name Kyla Jade, be prepared for a revelation. The gospel songstress — who also competed on The Voice earlier this year — impresses with performances of “Merry Christmas Baby” and the rousing hymn “Jesus, Oh What a Wonderful Child” that bring the crowd to its feet. Even the other performers give her a standing ovation! It's an incredible full-circle moment for the vocalist we first met as one of the backup singers on last year's getTV special A Nashville Christmas.
The Nashville resident (by way of Arkansas) adds: “Music has been a big part of my life, but during the holiday season it was even more enjoyable.” It’s enjoyable for us too, especially when it comes from a talent like Kyla.
The Soul & Spirit Of Christmas closes with a group sing-along of “Silent Night," a classic Christmas carol celebrating its 200th anniversary. It's a joyful conclusion to an hour that will uplift and inspire. We hope you’ll enjoy this special with your whole family and share this great music with them.
The Soul & Spirit Of Christmas debuts Friday, November 23 at 8p ET and airs throughout the season. For more airdates and times, visit the getTV schedule. Merry Christmas!