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By Naomi Richard 

RCA Inspiration gospel recording artist Marvin Sapp’s new holiday album “Christmas Card,” which is in retail stores and online NOW, offers a unique blend of contemporary music and traditional holiday standards that set the tone for the season. 

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For popular music fans, the soulful lead single “Home for Christmas” featuring R&B crooner Joe is reminiscent of classic contemporary holiday songs by Donny Hathaway or The Whispers.  However, for those who love Christmas standards performed by artists passionate to convey the reason for the season, Sapp reunites with gospel super-group Commissioned (Fred Hammond, Keith Staten, Mitchell Jones, Karl Reid, Michael Williams and Marcus Cole) on “What Child Is This?” and “Honor The King“.  The album also includes the title track “Christmas Card“, “Feels Real Good“, “Holy“, “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen“, “Dance,” “Love At ChristmasMaKaila’s Shout Out,” “Thank You,” “Don’t Get It Twisted,” and “Joseph’s Song“. 

”I’m excited about ‘Christmas Card’ for so many reasons. This release marks two firsts in my career – this is my first Christmas album as well as the first time I’ve co-produced an album,” said Sapp.  “It was also great to team up with Joe, who is an amazing R&B singer, and reunite with my brothers from Commissioned.  It is the first original music recorded by Commissioned in twenty years.” 

When asked about the various styles of music Sapp had this to say, “We tried to do something that was different.  This is a departure from what people are accustomed to hearing me do.  I wanted to do something this time that was not quite as churchy.  A little more urban and a little more ‘Boyz II Men type or Brian McKnight.’  Still keeping the lyrical content Christ centered was important to me and I believe we succeeded.” 

Sapp shared his personal holiday plans.  “Our tradition has been to fly to Orlando and spend Christmas at Disney.  This year the kids want to stay home and bring their friends home for the holiday.  It looks like I’ll be having Christmas in the cold this year!  For Thanksgiving I always fry a turkey because that’s all I know how to make!”  It is unclear what Sapp will be cooking for Christmas but we know it will be good. 

His charter school, Grand Rapids Ellington Academy of Arts and Technology (G-R-E-A-A-T) is thriving (now the home to over 400 students). “The children are learning, excelling and growing,” according to Sapp.    

The Stellar Awards winning and Grammy nominated artist dominated both contemporary and gospel music charts with the 2007 smash hit single “Never Would Have Made It“, which held the #1 position at radio for 43 weeks, maintaining the top spot longer than any artist in Billboard’s history – including the Beatles and Elvis Presley.  Sapp went on to release the chart-topping albums “Here I Am” and “I Win”.    

What a picture of success.  Sapp releases his first ever Christmas project and it’s receiving rave reviews around the country as he spreads his gift with audiences.  There is a strong family that loves him, plans for a new Gospel CD in 2014, a successful business venture with his charter school and we know the best is yet to come!  

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