Christmas With Freda and Friends

Christmas With Freda and Friends
Studio album by Freda Payne
Released October 15, 1996
Genre Pop, Christmas
Length 48:33
Label Dove
Freda Payne chronology
An Evening With Freda Payne: Live in Concert
(1995)
Christmas With Freda and Friends
(1996)
Live in Concert
(1999)

Christmas With Freda and Friends is an album of Christmas songs recorded by Freda Payne; it is her only Christmas album. While the album contains mostly cover songs of old Christmas standards, there are also four original songs ("What Is Christmas to You?" "Let's Have Christmas Everyday of the Year," "The Perfect Time of Year," and "What Christmas Means to Me"). The "friends" (including Payne's younger sister, Scherrie) in the album's title are the artists who are given chances to make some of the selections duets with Payne. Inside the album cover is a biographical essay on Payne's life and career by Charles Tolbert and her thank-you's.

Track listing

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "What Is Christmas to You?" (duet with Cuba Gooding, Sr.) H.B. Barnum, Walter Johnson 4:11
2. "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" (duet with Cuba Gooding, Sr.) Hugh Martin, Ralph Blane 5:09
3. "The Christmas Song"   Mel Tormé 4:43
4. "Let's Have Christmas Everyday of the Year"   H.B. Barnum 4:30
5. "Santa Baby"   Joan Javitz, Phil Springer, Tony Springer 2:47
6. "The Perfect Time of Year"   Freda Payne 5:01
7. "Silver Bells" (duet with Scherrie Payne) Jay Livingston, Ray Evans 4:11
8. "O Little Town of Bethlehem" (duet with Scherrie Payne) Phillips Brooks, Lewis H. Redner 4:51
9. "O Holy Night/Silent Night" (medley with Mel Carter) D.S. Dwight, Adolphe Adam/Joseph Mohr, Franz Gruber 5:54
10. "What Christmas Means to Me" (duet with O.C. Smith) Stephen Lang, Lewis La Medica 3:22
11. "This Christmas"   Donny Hathaway 3:54

Album credits

  • Executive producers: Michael Viner and Deborah Raffin
  • Produced by: H.B. Barnum
  • Associate producers: Clive Fox and Charles Tolbert
  • Liner notes by: Charles Tolbert
  • Production associate: Adam Moschin
  • Sequenced and engineered by: H.B. Barnum III
  • Recorded at: Boyz on the Hill Studio
  • Cover design by: Bear Canyon Ceative
  • Photography by: Gene Golden
  • Hair styling by: Sean Smith
  • Makeup by: Rudy Calvo
  • Clothing on cover courtesy of: Fred Hayman, Beverly Hills
  • Formal coat ensemble by: DEANZIGN Designer Collections of Los Angeles
  • Hat boxes courtesy of: Saks Fifth Avenue, Beverly Hills
  • Gift wrapping by: Richard Davis
  • Photographed at: Cube3 - Van Evers Studio, Los Angeles

Musicians

  • Saxophone solo: Fernando Harkness
  • Guitar by: Miles Joseph
  • Background vocals: Billie Barnum, Regina Taylor, and Carolyn Willis

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