Marvin Sapp’s family, friends lend voices to ‘Christmas Card’

    MarvinSappGospel star Marvin Sapp is making a list and checking it twice! Here he lands–not exactly on your rooftop–but he’s got a worthwhile musical gift just in time for the holidays with a new CD titled Christmas Card.

    “It’s definitely different from what people are used to hearing me do,” Marvin told Sister 2 Sister. “It’s a little more contemporary like a Boyz II Men and Brian McKnight or Luther Vandross type of record. It’s different because people are used to hearing me do churchy…and this time I’m doing a whole lot of singing.”

    The first single finds Marvin with soulful singer Joe. Together, they sing “Home for Christmas.” Marvin was at Sony Music offices, where he played “Home for Christmas” with only him doing all the vocals. “I said, ‘This sounds like a Joe track!’” As fate would have it, Joe’s manager, Kedar Massenburg, just happened to walk by! “I told Kedar that I don’t believe in mistakes. I think that everything is Godly orchestrated and I really want Joe to sing with me on this record, and the next thing I know it was all set up and done within three days.”

    Gospel music fans will tell you about Marvin Louis Sapp when he was with the gospel group Commissioned. As a matter of fact, Erica and Tina Atkins of Mary Mary are among the group’s biggest fans. Several years ago, when Commissioned did a reunion concert recording, Erica and Tina were jumping up from their seats and singing nearly every song with Commissioned!

    Marvin’s Christmas Card certainly includes two tracks with his former group members. “It’s the first time any of us have sung any original music since 1994. It’s been almost 20 years since we’ve all been on a track together.” Marvin reunites with his former Commissioned members on two cuts: “What Child Is This,” and “Honor The King.”

    Joe and Commissioned aren’t the only ones Marvin invited to share their talents on his record. The singer, who lost his lovely wife MaLinda to cancer back in 2010, sings “Thank You” with his three beautiful children: Marvin II, Mikaila and Madisson. According to Marvin, that was the best part of the entire project. “That touched my heart to have my kids on there and to let people experience them, three years after the passing of their mother.”

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