Tuesday, December 4, 2012 - Handsome, out and talented, Drake Jensen has put out some amazing music in the last 18 months. Starting with his smooth and heartfelt 'On My Way To Finding You," Drake has proven his is capable of making strong music that made significant inroads into the Country market in Canada, as well as trickling across the border to find an appreciative audience. He also released the single "Scars," standing tall against bullying in all forms.
That brings us to his seasonal offering, 'Christmas At Home.' This eight-song collection offers two songs that are new to me, as well as six Christmas standards that are well-loved. "Jingle Bell Rock" starts off the album with a Rockabilly flair. The song was written by Joseph Carleton Beal and James Ross Boothe, and first released by Bobby Helms who rode it to #1 in 1957. Drake handled the song with such an ease, keeping his vocals smooth with just a touch of growl.
The next track up is "Home Again," a song that is new to me, written by Duncan Wells. Stylistically, it is a classic Country song, telling a story of hope and faith. "Silver Bells" was written by Jay Livingston & Ray Evans, and was first released as a single by Bing Crosby and Carol Richards in 1950. Here it is given a simple treatment, a Country-flavored acoustic version, perfectly showcasing Drake's deep voice.
The next classic was first released by the great Gene Autry in 1950. Written by Walter 'Jack' Rollins & Steve Nelson,"Frosty The Snowman" is still sung by anyone celebrating the season. This version has a strong Country feel, a great rootsy feel that once again accentuates Jensen's great voice.
Next up Drake takes on another traditional favorite, "Silent Night." First performed on Christmas Eve in 1818, the lyrics were written by Father Joseph Mohr and the music by & church organist Franz Gruber. Once again, Drake tells the story of that special night with a sweet honesty.
With a little research, I found out "Christmas At Home" was written by Canadian singer/songwriter Rita MacNeil, and brought to life with a great warmth. And if there was ever a Rockabilly carol, it would be"Blue Christmas". The song, written by Billy Hayes and Jay W. Johnson, was made famous by Elvis Presley with his 1964 hit single. With a gorgeous steel guitar solo, this lifts up the mood to beyond joyful.
The album ends with a traditional favorite by clergyman John Newton in 1779. "Amazing Grace" is a spiritual song sung the world over, and Drake allows up all to know why with his moving and emotional version. Want to hear a little for yourself? Hit play on the clip and get an overview on all the songs offered on 'Christmas At Home'.
Not that you understand why I love it so much, you an purchase your own copy of 'Christmas At Home' from iTunes, CD Baby, and through Drake's online store. For more information about Drake, visit his official website. You can also 'like' him on Facebook, or 'follow' him on Twitter.
Posted by Howard Stump - Soundtrack To My Day