United Feature Syndicate
Don't those same holiday classics get a little old? Party after party, store after store, it's a never-ending cycle of "All I Want for Christmas Is You" and "Jingle Bells." Now, it turns out that you just need a bit of a twist to revive those tired classics. Check out these jazzy remixes, perfect for the background of your party or for when you're feeling festive, but want something new.
"I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm (Stuhr Remix)" – Kay StarrThis remix of a romantic classic is too cool to be believed.
"White Christmas (Kascade remix)" – Bing CrosbyA jazzy take on a crooning favorite, perfect for cool background music.
"The Nutcracker Suite (Baz Kuts Breaks Mix)" – Berlin Symphony OrchestraThis glitchy take on the instrumental classic manages to retain the beauty of the original.
"Happy Holidays (Beef Wellington Remix)" – Bing CrosbyThis cheerful remix is perfect for dancing around the Christmas tree.
"Baby, It's Cold Outside (Remix)" – Louis Armstrong and Velma MiddletonThough the implications of this song are questionable, this is a lovely and minimal mix.
"Sleigh Ride (The Latin Project Remix)" – Ella FitzgeraldThis chill and grooving remix is perfect for any party.
"Silent Night (46 Bliss Remix)" – Mahalia Jackson Jackson's gorgeous deep voice goes perfectly with this ambient soundscape.
"Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas (MNO Remix)" – Rosemary ClooneyAt first, it's hard to tell where this mix is going, but it eventually builds to an awesome combo of classic crooning and ambient cool.
Soul star Gladys Knight was the toast of the 365 Black Awards in Louisiana on Saturday (06Jul13) as she was honoured for her long-running career and charitable efforts. The singer was feted alongside supermodel Beverly Johnson at the 10th annual ceremony in New Orleans, held to recognise individuals "who are committed to making positive contributions that strengthen the African-American community".
Singers Deborah Cox, Yolanda Adams and Angie Stone stepped onstage at the Mahalia Jackson Theater to perform a tribute to Knight, who took to her Twitter.com page to write, "I'm honored (sic) to be the recipient of McDonald's 365 Award!"
Estelle and Jordin Sparks also sang at the prizegiving, which was organised in conjunction with this year's (13) Essence Music Festival.
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button star Taraji P. Henson hosted the event, which will air in the U.S. on 25 August (13) on the BET network.
Famous for her politically-charged artwork, Catlett fought for better rights for African-Americans.
Her most famous pieces include sculptures of Louis Armstrong, Mahalia Jackson and Malcolm X, although much of her work features non-celebrities.
She moved to Mexico when she was forced into exile for her political beliefs during America's McCarthy era. Her remains will be cremated in Mexico following a private family funeral.
The former American Idol star was set to begin shooting the movie, titled Mahalia!, this year (11), but the start date has been postponed to January (12) following the news Barrino is expecting her second child.
It was alleged that Barrino had kept her baby news secret from producers until recently - but she insists that wasn't the case and blames financial problems for holding up the movie.
In a chat with U.S. TV presenter Wendy Williams, she says, "There were no contracts signed, and there was no set date and time (when I agreed to the role). I began to gain the weight (to portray Jackson), I began to study her. And then they called us back in January and said the investors had backed out. So they were waiting on investors.
"I wanted to make the family proud, and most of all, I wanted to make Mahalia Jackson proud - and my fans and everyone who's been following me."
Barrino, who has not yet named the father of her child, is due to give birth on 29 December (11). She is already a mother to nine-year-old daughter Zion.
The former American Idol champion was due to begin shooting the film, titled Mahalia!, this year (11), but producers have now pushed back the start date until after the birth of her baby.
Barrino, who has not named the father of her child, is due to give birth in late December (11) and is expected to start work on the project in January (12), according to New York Post gossip column Page Six.