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Brown Boulevard is very proud to announce this new recording with SIX-time GRAMMY Nominee Nnenna Freelon!!

Christmas, the first recording for Nnenna Freelon backed by the John Brown Big Band, features fresh, brand new arrangements on classic tunes, and is sure to keep you swingin’ for the holidays!

Nnenna Freelon’s mother was a lover of Christmas—the story, the anticipation, the excitement, but most of all, the gathering of her family around her. In her passing, she left her daughter with a gift that has resulted in a dream fulfilled and a holiday album that will extend a mother’s love of Christmas to listeners everywhere.

Venerated jazz vocalist and six-time Grammy nominee Freelon had long wanted to record a holiday album, but couldn’t garner enough interest from her label. So she did what most people do in need of a little help, she turned to a loved one. With a small inheritance received from her mother, she approached John Brown, a long-time member of her musical family, director of Duke University’s jazz program and leader of John Brown’s Big Band. The two, who have shared the stage and collaborated often during their twenty-year friendship, have now joined together to release Christmas, a selection of holiday songs. Brown produced the album and will release it on his own label, Brown Boulevard.

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Credit List

Executive Producer

Nnenna Freelon


John Brown

Production Assistant

Cindy Campbell

Record Label

Brown Boulevard Records


Nnenna Freelon

Bass & Voice

John Brown


Vaughn Ambrose, James Gates, Brian Miller, Shaena Ryan and Greg Tardy


Mitch Butler, Andy Kleindienst, Ronald Westray and Joshua Vincent


LeRoy Barley, Art Barnes, Derrick Gardner, Jay Meachum and Benjy Springs


Brandon McCune and Miki Hayama


Miki Hayama

Fender Rhodes

Brandon McCune


Brandon McCune


Scott Sawyer


Adonis Rose


Beverly Botsford and Adonis Rose

Lead Engineer

John Plymale

2nd Engineer

Jason Richmond

Recorded at

Fidelitorium Studios in Kernersville, NC (Mitch Easter)


John Plymale at Overdub Lane in Durham, NC


Brent Lambert at Kitchen Mastering in Carrboro, NC


Jon Metzger


Dan Cavanagh, Gabriel Evens, Derrick Gardner, Eric Hirsh, Frank Foster, Jay Meachum, Jerald Shynett