2015 has been a very good year for singer Kenya. Her debut album My Own Skin was released this year and was met with accolades from sites such as SoulTracks, as well as fans of good old adult contemporary R&B. For me, it was one of the best of the year, an album filled with good songs, good singing and good music.
To top off her incredible year of success, Kenya has released a cover of the Christmas classic song, “Little Drummer Boy,” chosen by SoulTracks.com as their song of the month for December. She and the band take the song in a smooth, jazzy direction while giving it a little more life than the more famous version done by the Harry Simeone Chorale. For me, it’s a nice change of pace for a song heard a million times in a million ways. And as has been the case all year, Kenya’s vocals are on point. And it’s nice to see real drums and bass on a track too.
While this version may not be your particular cup of tea, take a listen to it—you might find that you can enjoy it after all.