A successful Christmas song or album done by a popular singer can be the gift that keeps on giving to both the fan and the artist. Take for instance Nat King Cole’s “The Christmas Song.” First recorded in 1946, the song is a holiday classic that has stood the test of time and hopefully gotten his estate lots of royalties. Many great renditions have been offered up by artists like Tony Bennett, Toni Braxton and Whitney Houston, to name a few, who all have made the song their own. Now here to shoot her shot with a cover of “The Christmas Song” is actress/singer Demetria McKinney who has released a music video for her version.
It’s no secret that Demetria definitely has a pleasant voice, and at the beginning of the short video it is easy to assume that she will play it safe and keep as close to the original as possible. But not too far in, she unexpectedly makes some questionable vocal arrangements that do more harm than good. The video itself is very simple with her standing near a piano in a cute winter white outfit. The camera loves her, but unfortunately she doesn’t exude much Christmas joy. Instead, she often maintains a serious face that shouts, “I’m gonna prove to you that I can sing!” By the time the video is over, what she does in fact prove is that maybe she just tried a little too hard to pull this off. It’s an admirable effort from this up-and-coming R&B singer, but we don’t know if this’ll be in heavy rotation on our holiday playlists.