India.Arie Sings At Hollywood Christmas Parade & Proves You Should Add Her New Album To Your Collection
India.Arie has been one of my favorite artists since I was a tween who listened to her empowering song "Video" on repeat. In fact, I still listen to it when I need a confidence boost and a reminder that everyone is beautiful in their own way. She's a four-time Grammy winner with versatile singing skills, and I can't wait to listen to her latest album, Christmas With Friends — especially after watching India.Arie sing at the Hollywood Christmas Parade. She performed "Let It Snow," and my only complaint is that the performance wasn't longer. Arie's voice sounds stronger, clearer, and more beautiful than ever — and her stage presence is amazing.
I thought "Let It Snow" was hands-down the highlight of the Hollywood Christmas Parade — and my digital download of Christmas With Friends can't finish quickly enough. Arie's Christmas album features classics such as "Silent Night," "God Rest Ye Merry Gentleman," "Auld Lang Syne," and "Merry Christmas Baby." Although some of the songs feature Arie singing solo, she chose to collaborate with a variety of artists. "Silent Night" features Brandy, and "Merry Christmas Baby" is a duet with Michael McDonald. Tori Kelly, Gene Moore, Jr., and Kirk Whalum are also featured.
Take a listen to Arie and Brandy singing "Silent Night":
Arie is no stranger to performing amazing renditions of Christmas classics. She previously collaborated with the legendary Stevie Wonder to sing "The Christmas Song":
I thought Arie was the true star of the evening — and based on social media reactions, I have plenty of company:
In her own words, Arie seeks to "spread love healing peace and joy through words and music." Although her Christmas album is a departure from her usual style, she recently told Ebony that her goal is for Christmas With Friends to have the same impact as the rest of her music: “Sound is energy, and that energy resonates with your energy. And it gives you a certain feeling. I hope that this music brings a joyful comforting feeling to a person’s [energy] field. And whoever it’s for, I know that it will do that.”
Based on her performance at the Hollywood Christmas Parade, I think we can rest assured that Christmas With Friends will undoubtedly bring plenty of comfort and joy to its listeners this holiday season. Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm off to listen to my latest album acquisition.