Chris Mann's Holiday Picks
by Seth Colter Walls | December 22, 2013
Singer Chris Mann worked behind the scenes for a spell, before his big solo break came on The Voice. After studying opera in college, he worked as a session singer on Glee (where he also claimed a few on-screen moments). Though a planned first solo album was scratched due to upheaval at his first record label, Mann's moment finally arrived courtesy of a fourth-place finish on the second season of The Voice. Before long, he had a PBS concert to his name, as well as the debut album Roads (which includes his takes on Willie Nelson and "Ave Maria," and features Christina Aguilera, too).
His Christmas playlist for Rhapsody hits those same friendly crossover notes, featuring tracks by Lady Antebellum and Coldplay (both of whom Mann covers on Roads), as well as "White Christmas" by Frank Sinatra. "These songs remind me of Christmas at my grandparents' house in Kansas, where the whole family gathered," Mann says. "Music was always a central part of our holiday, and these songs were hits every year in our home."