Anyone else struggling a bit to get in the holiday spirit? It’s my absolute favorite time of the year but I’ve yet to get that giddy “Merrrrry Chrissssmuh!” feeling yet.

Yesterday, while sitting at my desk counting down the moments until my holiday vacation begins working, I decided to take a couple of my favorite holiday albums for a spin. Rahsaan and Ledisi never fail to put a smile on my face. I also took Cee Lo’s Magic Moment for a test drive that went pretty well! I was starting to feel a tad bit more fa-la-la-la la!

Then a new gem from one of my favorite DJ/producers Applejac came across my twitter feed and it was love at first listen.  He took the Charlie Brown Christmas classic, “Christmas Time is Here,” put his thang down, flipped it and reversed it into a smooth, jazzy soulful groove that I have played no less than five times.

Those delicious vocals you hear? None other than Jessica Newry (nee Johnson), who I’ve been digging on since I heard this acoustic gem last year. Need to hear more like I did? This isn’t the first time AppleJac and Jessica have made beautiful music together. Press play on that gem as well as all his other dope remixes on some of your favorite jams.

Go on and add this new flava to your holiday music rotation. I guarantee it will lift your spirits like it did mine.

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