Dope Aural: Holiday Edition

The Christmas holiday is upon us, and the smells of mistletoe and balsam are in the air.  Over the next few weeks, if you are out and about shopping, you will encounter tons of holiday music everywhere you go. It’s time to get in all of your holiday grooves now before December 25th, when all of them will be packed away until next year. Whether you are a faithful shopper for holiday CD’s and vinyl or a music streamer, here are a few new holiday releases that are worth giving a listen.  I’ve also listed some of my personal holiday favorites to help get you in the Christmas spirit. Click the album covers below and have a listen!

Recent Holiday Releases:


John Legend – A Legendary Christmas


Jessie J – This Christmas Day


Aloe Blacc – Christmas Funk


Gwen Stefani – You Make It Feel Like Christmas (Deluxe Edition)


Pentatonix – Christmas Is Here!


Sia – Everyday Is Christmas (Deluxe)


PJ Morton – Christmas With PJ Morton


Check out some of my Holiday Faves:


Faith Evans – A Faithful Christmas


Fantasia – Christmas After Midnight


Various Artists – A Laface Family Christmas


Musiq Soulchild – Christmas Musiq


Mary J. Blige – A Mary Christmas


The Jackson 5 – Christmas Album


Tamar Braxton – Winter Loversland


Mariah Carey – Merry Christmas


Whitney Houston – One Wish


Trey Payadue is a contributing blogger and curator of music for The Black Unicorn Project. He was raised on the west bank of the New Orleans Metropolitan Area in the small town of Marrero, Louisiana. Brought up in the Black Catholic church, Trey was completely immersed in New Orleans music and Black culture through local fairs and famous celebrations like Mardi Gras, New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, and the Essence Fest. He was also exposed to various styles of music, such as gospel, pop, rock, funk, hip-hop, bounce and his first love, rhythm & blues, at a young age. His inherent love and appreciation, paired with his exposure to New Orleans Culture and events, ignited an infectious passion for music. Trey quickly became known as “The Music Man”, amateur house party DJ and the mixtape go-to guy for new music. Currently, Trey juggles a 9-5 while moonlighting as a curator of good music, a patron of popular music and Black culture, and a student of where all three intersect. Follow him on Instagram & Twitter @SumthinSevere and get access to shared playlists on Spotify.

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