Lost Christmas Gem: Freddie Jackson gets “Under the Mistletoe”

During his brief tenure with RCA Records, venerable crooner Freddie Jackson quietly released a holiday album in 1994. Simply titled At Christmas, the 11-song set featured a well-tempered assortment of traditional favorites and glistening originals. Of the latter ilk, the gently groovin’ “Under the Mistletoe” was—and remains—a standout. The song’s romantic verses coupled with Barry J. Eastmond’s mood-setting arrangement supplied the ideal soundscape for Jackson’s signature alluring style.

At Christmas received little promotion upon its original release, but the album has recently come to light again via a digital reissue. Amongst ten additional selections, “Under the Mistletoe” remains a sound reason for listeners to consider adding the album to their holiday playlists. It’s likely to bring peaceful cheer on the 25th of December and beyond.

by Justin Kantor

During his brief tenure with RCA Records, venerable crooner Freddie Jackson quietly released a holiday album in 1994. Simply titled At Christmas, the 11-song set featured a well-tempered assortment of traditional favorites and glistening originals. Of the latter ilk, the gently groovin’ “Under the Mistletoe” was—and remains—a standout. The song’s romantic verses coupled with Barry J. Eastmond’s mood-setting arrangement supplied the ideal soundscape for Jackson’s signature alluring style.

At Christmas received little promotion upon its original release, but the album has recently come to light again via a digital reissue. Amongst ten additional selections, “Under the Mistletoe” remains a sound reason for listeners to consider adding the album to their holiday playlists. It’s likely to bring peaceful cheer on the 25th of December and beyond.

by Justin Kantor

Freddie Jackson - "Under the Mistletoe"

 
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