|LABEL: Word Records|
SPECIAL EFFECT(S): Nicole's father, Napoleon Coleman, not only joins her in a special duet of "The Christmas Song" on the recorded project, but he'll also join Nicole when she hits the road with John Tesh after Thanksgiving for a special Christmas tour.
PRODUCER(S): David Mullen, Nicole C. Mullen
Nicole C. Mullen has quietly, but powerfully moved into the foreground of Christian music in recent years with two critically acclaimed albums. Her self-titled debut, which generated the award-winning Song of the Year, "Redeemer," paved the way for last year's follow-up, Talk About It, an effort that helped solidify Mullen's title of the Gospel Music Association's Female Vocalist of the Year for 2002.
Christmas in Black and White, Mullen's latest offering is a timely collection of holiday creations that proves once again this innovative singer/songwriter has got the talent to back up the hardware. Black and White is not your typical holiday fare of regurgitated classics, but mainly a refreshing assemblage of newly-crafted gems that combine a variety of soulful grooves, reverent worship and funky, acoustic pop. The musical twists and turns on Mullen's recordings are a signature trait, and this eclectic holiday offering is no different.
Christmas in Black and White includes a duet with Mullen's father, Napoleon Coleman, (along with the impeccable jazz saxophone stylings of Kirk Whalum) on "The Christmas Song," as well as cleverly crafted tunes like "Away in a Sacred Night" and "God's Own Son," which feature Mullen's extended family as part of the Coleman/Mullen family choir. Guitar virtuoso Phil Keaggy even joins Mullen on a moving rendition of "O Come, O Come Emmanuel."
Music tends to play such an important role in our lives during this special time of the year, and Nicole C. Mullen has just handed us another big reason to incorporate the sounds of the season into our daily routine.