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Bryan White

My Christmas Project – 2006 (Covenant)

Reviewed by Brian Wahlert

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Bryan White came on the national country scene as a 20-year-old in 1994 with his self-titled debut, which spawned the number one hits "Someone Else's Star" and "Rebecca Lynn." He won the CMA Horizon Award in 1996, and by the end of 1997, his popularity dropped off.

He stopped recording in 2000 to start a family, but now he's back with two CDs, "Out of the Storm" and this Christmas EP. It's an odd little holiday release - it contains five songs, but White only sings on three. "White Christmas" and "The First Noel" are pleasant enough studio recordings, featuring White's thin little-boy voice. He tries to rock out, but fails on a live rendition of "Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town." "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" is a lite-jazz instrumental, arranged by White. The last listed track on the album is "The Heart of Christmas," a spoken-word narrative of the Christmas story, penned by White. The album closes with a hidden track - a recording of laughter and conversation from a Christmas of White's childhood.

With so much great country Christmas music available, there's really not much to recommend this album.