Ashford & Simpson. Kindred the Family Soul. The Baylor Project. Music groups that combine #BlackLove, songwriting skills and R&B music? We love to see it! In recent years, RAII & Whitney have joined our list of faves. Whether using their vocals to backup megastars or to release their own music, the melodic married duo always makes us smile with their authentic vibes and silky smooth vocals. We fell in love with their debut EP Heart.Hope. back in 2018 and now they're back with a different premiere – their first-ever holiday project, aptly titled, A RAII & Whitney Christmas.
Although the album is filled with classic tunes, the couple didn't completely put their songwriting skills on the shelf, offering two original tunes for the eight-track collection. The album begins with the lovely intro "For The Holidays," setting the tone for a festive time while giving a nod to familiar Yuletide carols. In contrast, "It's About Love" reminds us of the real Reason for the Season, giving God glory for the gift of Jesus. Aside from the self-penned tunes, other highlights include a romantic rework of Donny Hathaway's "This Christmas" (with the sweetest "da-da-da's" you'll hear this year); a breezy rendition of "O Come All Ye Faithful" with RAII taking the lead, while Whitney shines on a jazzy spin of "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas;" and the slinkiest, swankiest arrangement of "O Holy Night" that we've ever heard – each note shimmering with harmonious elegance.
Our hearts were moved as the couple offered a unique spin on "Silent Night," delivering a jazzy soul arrangement that serves as both tender lullaby and loving tribute to those we've lost. It's been a tough year, but this soulful Mr. & Mrs. help us chase the blues away with their delightful music. Ending the album on an exuberant high is "Joy To The World." Full of funky energy and buoyant rhythms, the feel-good groove will lift your spirits and make your soul feel light. Preview A RAII & Whitney Christmas below, then support their artistry by purchasing a copy for yourself and someone you love.
RAII & Whitney A RAII & Whitney Christmas [Amazon][Apple Music]