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Songs to Invoke Christmas

Episode 18
Songs to Invoke Christmas

Experience the Journey

Christmas is here. Be thankful. Be present. Give until it hurts. Love the season. Be that idea. You need not limit yourself to any single tradition, to the distinction of any particular religion, nor to the strictures of any outwardly imposed ideal.

Christmas, like so much of what constitutes modern culture, has transcended both its origins and its intentions. Like some other festive days, Christmas has taken a life of its own, which is wholly divorced from what it once was, and maybe what it will one day become.

Despite this, you can be assured, many things in the lives of humanity may change, but Christmas is not going anywhere, anytime soon. It will be here next year, on the same day of the year.

So, celebrate, because you can.

Guest Performers

  • Music Janice Dempsey

    Recording Artist

    Janice Dempsey has appeared on countless albums as a featured and background vocalist, writer, arranger, and producer in various genres, including Stevie Wonder, Daryl Hall, Smokey Robinson, Mick Jagger, Chaka Khan, Melba Moore, Freddie Jackson, and SWV.


  • Music Laurence Juber

    Lead Guitarist, Paul McCartney and Wings (1978 - 1980)

    Laurence Juber is often considered most famous for playing lead guitar in Paul McCartney and Wings from 1978 to 1980, with whom he won a Grammy. Juber has since had a distinguished career as a solo fingerstyle guitarist and studio musician.


  • Theatre Neal Bennington

    Founder and Creative Director, Broadway Sings for Pride

    In response to the tragic suicides within LGBT community, Neal Bennington realized something had to be done to make sure the community, and especially the younger generations knew there were voices out there to support them.


Preview Performers

  • Theatre Carl Clay

    Founder and Executive Producer, Black Spectrum Theatre Company

    Recognized and awarded as a multi-discipline force, Carl Clay has produced over 350 plays, trained over 2000 actors, and has written and directed 25 films aimed at urban youth. He has produced over 40 jazz concerts.


  • Music Charisse Arrington

    Recording Artist and Life Coach

    Charisse Arrington is a R&B singer who was signed to MCA Records in the 1990s. Her biggest success was with the single "Down With This" which peaked in the top twenty of the Billboard Dance singles chart and top five of the Billboard Dance breakout chart.


  • Theatre Douglas Baldeo

    Actor, Singer, and Dancer

    Twelve-year-old Douglas Baldeo was a principal cast member of the award-winning Broadway Musical, "Kinky Boots". Following his run in "Kinky Boots", he was cast as a vacation swing for "Motown the Musical" on tour.


  • Music Laurneá

    Recording Artist

    Prior to her debut 1997 and solo project, Laurneá was a member of three groups in the 1990s: Bobby McFarrin's a capella group Voicestra, British group Loose Ends, and later in the Grammy-winning group Arrested Development.


  • Music Trisco Pearson

    Member, Force M.D.'s

    Force M.D.'s is an American R&B vocal group that was formed in 1981 in Staten Island, New York. Later, Trisco Pearson joined the group.




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