MANIFEST, the acclaimed Brooklyn-based Christian men’s ensemble, released a new project, A MANIFEST Christmas, on December 2, 2012. The Christmas EP is on iTunes, Amazon, and other online retail outlets.
The unique musical style, striking harmonies and infectious praise that are the hallmark of the group’s first CD, Highest Praise (2011), are on full display on the five-song EP, which features traditional Christmas songs, an original song for the holiday season, and one for the new year. The songs were all brilliantly arranged by executive producer and musical director Shedrick Mitchell (Whitney Houston, Maxwell).
“Silent Night,” a Christmas standard that portrays the atmosphere and wonder of the season, is presented with lush vocal and string harmonies fused with a jazz vamp. “Jesus, Oh What a Wonderful Child,” is a down-home arrangement of another standard of the Christmas season. It offers a foot-stomping, hand-clapping version of this classic tune, all with tight, six-part vocal harmonies. Anyone who appreciates the emotion and counterpart of fusion jazz will be riveted by this instrumental version of the Christmas standard, “Away in a Manger.” The piece is performed by the sensational musicians who regularly accompany MANIFEST.