South African singer-songwriter-guitarist Jonathan Butler is as busy as jolly old St. Nick spreading holiday glee with his critically-acclaimed “Merry Christmas To You,” the two-time Grammy nominee’s first Christmas album. Along with mostly unplugged renditions of eight Christmas standards, Butler wrote two new songs and produced the intimate seasonal set of R&B, contemporary jazz, adult pop and gospel tunes decorated with colorful sounds of his homeland that is winning praise from the New York Times, DownBeat, Philadelphia Daily News, Virginian-Pilot, All Music, SoulTracks and many others.
A special live acoustic performance by Butler showcasing tracks from “Merry Christmas To You” debuted on SiriusXM last Sunday with repeated radio broadcasts through Christmas Eve. On Thanksgiving, Butler was interviewed and performed two cuts on PBS’s “Tavis Smiley,” which will air again on Christmas Eve. He has been touring the U.S. since Black Friday performing holiday music with Dave Koz, Oleta Adams and Keiko Matsui, a coast-to-coast Christmas concert tour concluding December 22 in San Francisco.
After the holiday campaign wraps, Butler will put the finishing touches on his next R&B-jazz album, tentatively titled “Living My Dream,” which is slotted for a late spring/early summer release.