For many, it may be a little early for Christmas music, but guitarist Jonathan Butler is getting a jump start with the release of his first holiday endeavor, Merry Christmas to You. On October 1, 2013, this seasoned smooth jazz veteran released his project on Artistry Music in preparation for his upcoming collaboration with Dave Koz & Friends on his Christmas Tour alongside Keiko Matsui and Oleta Adams.

Merry Christmas to You includes the talents of Dave Koz, Rick Braun, Shilts, Dan Lutz and Jonathan’s daughter Jodie Butler on vocals. It is a collection of eight tunes from the standard holiday repertoire along with two original seasonal works.

The first singles from the record are Jonathan’s refreshing interpretation of “Sleigh Ride” and his original composition “Merry Christmas to You.”

Jonathan Butler was born and raised in South Africa as the youngest of 12 children. He began playing the guitar at age seven and began touring not long after. As a teen he earned his first record deal before moving to the UK and then the US. He’s earned Grammy nominations and has had the opportunity to tour with artists such as Kirk Whalum and Dave Koz.

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Title: Merry Christmas to You
Artist: Jonathan Butler
Date: October 01, 2013
Genre: Smooth Jazz, Christmas
Label: Artistry Music


01 This Christmas
02 Sleigh Ride
03 Merry Christmas to You
04 Happy Holidays
05 Little Drummer Boy
06 I’ll Be Home for Christmas
07 Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
08 Sweet Little Jesus Boy
09 The First Noel
10 O Holy Night

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Published by Shannon Kennedy

Shannon Kennedy is a vocalist and saxophonist living in Southern California. She is author of "The Album Checklist" and the founder of Teen Jazz. She has been contributing articles to music magaizines and websites since 2004.