Powerful vocalist and inimitable performer Lisa Donahey is proud to announce the release of her third album, Christmas in Our Soul. The album, available in physical and digital formats, is available now.
Lisa Donahey’s new Holiday album is festive and heartfelt offering a fresh mix of the sacred and secular, with vibrant and sophisticated new twists on familiar classics, hymns and hidden gems rendered new again via the singer’s artful blend of soulful sensitivity and playful, sassy style. Showcasing the grand eclecticism that has defined her multi-faceted career as a recording artist and performer, Donahey infuses the 13-track Holiday collection with an array of musical influences, from cool, sultry jazz to R&B/blues, novelty tunes, with a few dashes of country and Broadway.
“Whenever someone asks what type of music you like to sing, I always want to say ‘Yes!’, meaning I love all styles of music. This new album does not stray from that philosophy. If you like Christmas standards done in the style of Jazz, Country, Pop, Classical and Gospel… there’s something on this album for you.”
While most contemporary Holiday albums are designed as easy listening background music for holiday parties, Christmas In Our Soul stands out with fresh surprises Donahey gifts us with from track to track. Among these are three compelling, never-before-recorded songs co-written by two-time Academy Award®, Grammy and Golden Globe nominee, Allan Rich, who has also written for other powerhouse singers like Whitney Houston, Barbra Streisand, Natalie Cole, Dolly Parton, Tina Turner and more. Rich’s original songs are the funky, upbeat earworm “It’s Gonna Be a Hot, Hot Christmas” and the lush ballads “Christmas Without You” and “Christmas in Our Soul.”
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“The holidays are my favorite time of year and I wanted to create an album that had some fresh takes on songs we all know. I also wanted to sing some never-before-heard songs that I’m hoping people will love and that will become new classics.”
Donahey and her multi Juno Award winning producer, arranger and pianist, Chris Gestrin, create pure magic with off-the-beaten-path, rarely recorded holiday tunes from the Great American Songbook era and beyond.
Combining her masterful storytelling abilities with her innate skills as a people person, Donahey has captivated audiences throughout her native Southern California and beyond with critically acclaimed performances that tap into her passions for everything from classic Top 40 pop, R&B, rock, Great American Songbook and big band standards to musical theatre, country, novelty tunes, classical and even her own colorful mash-up style, “jazz-baret.”
Over the past few years, Donahey has created, produced and starred in a multitude of diverse large ensemble showcases at such Los Angeles hotspots as Upstairs at Vitello’s Supper Club and Catalina Jazz Club, as well as large performance centers in Orange County, California. Her consistently sold out shows have included “Just a Broad and a Big Band,” “Just a Broad and a Little Big Band” and “A Summer Night of Soul.”
Her previous albums include She’s Got It Covered (2008) and Takes on Broadway (2014).
In support of the new album, Lisa will be stepping into the spotlight for two nights – Saturday, December 8 and Sunday, December 9 – for a Holiday album launch and concert celebrating the release. During these not-to-be-missed concerts, Donahey will perform songs from Christmas In Our Soul, and share the stage with some special guests. Donahey’s expressive vocals and captivating performance, blended with her one-of-a-kind wit and endearing stories, are just the beginning of what guests can expect on these two special nights.
The Saturday, December 8th show will begin promptly at 8:00 p.m. with doors opening at 6:30pm p.m. for dinner. The Sunday, December 9th show will begin promptly at 7:30 p.m. with doors opening at 6:00 p.m. for dinner. Upstairs at Vitello’s, Vitello’s Restaurant is located at 4349 Tujunga Blvd in Studio City, California.
Tickets for the performance are $35 for general seating and each guest will receive Donahey’s new Holiday album, Christmas in Our Soul, with their ticket purchase. Tickets are available for purchase in advance through www.vitellosrestaurant.com or by calling (818) 769-0905. For tickets purchased the day of the show, general seating tickets will be $45.
For more information about Lisa Donahey, her new Holiday album release and her upcoming Christmas in Our Soul Holiday concert and album release, or to check out her two previous albums She’s Got It Covered and Takes on Broadway, visit