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A&M PLANS COOL YULE WITH THREE HOT RELEASES

 A&M PLANS COOL YULE WITH THREE HOT RELEASES
 HOLLYWOOD, Calif., Nov. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Christmas, it's the


most wonderful time of the year. And this year the folks at A&M Records will be releasing three great holiday albums packed with the hottest stars and enough merry music to jingle your bells all the way to the North Pole and back. They'll make your Yule the coolest.
 Amy Grant "Home for Christmas"
 Multimillion selling pop star Amy Grant has recorded 15 tracks of pure musical mistletoe for gift giving and tree trimming. Grant sings traditional favorites such as "Winter Wonderland," "I'll Be Home for Christmas/Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas," "O Come All Ye Faithful" and "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree," and four new songs she's co-written, including "Special Request" and "Emmanuel, God With Us." The American Boychoir, directed by James Litton, and strings from the London Studio Orchestra add enough Yuletide magic to mark "Home for Christmas" a classic for many years to come.
 "A Very Special Christmas 2"
 Inspired by the success of 1987's "A Very Special Christmas" which raised more than $17 million for the Special Olympics, "A Very Special Christmas 2" is as star-studded as its predecessor. Jon Bon Jovi, Wilson Phillips, Luther Vandross, Vanessa Williams, Sinead O'Connor, Randy Travis, Run DMC and a host of the top names contribute their favorite classic or an original tune to this 19-track collection, executive produced by Jimmy Iovine. Tom Petty's "Christmas All Over Again" and Extreme's "Christmas Time Again" are stand-out originals; Bonnie Raitt pairs with blues great Charles Brown on "Merry Christmas, Baby"; Ann and Nancy Wilson recorded Elvis' "Blue Christmas," and Quincy Jones produced Luther Vandross' version of the holiday favorite, "The Christmas Song." All proceeds go to the Special Olympics.
 Sounds of Blackness "The Night Before Christmas -- A Musical Fantasy"
 "The Night Before Christmas -- A Musical Fantasy" combines traditional Christmas carols with original compositions, all in the unique style of Sounds of Blackness, the 30-piece gospel choir whose Grammy-winning "Evolution" LP has been called one of the best albums of 1991. Utilizing the full spectrum of African-American music, gospel, blues, jazz, rhythm & blues, rock & roll, rap and funk, the Sounds have recorded contemporary versions of "Away in A Manger," "O Come All Ye Faithful" and "Oh, Holy Night" along with the very bluesy "Holiday Love." The album is the soundtrack to the stage play of the same name, which the Sounds will perform on tour this fall. On Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis' Perspective Records.
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