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Area Musician releases Christmas-themed disc

Published: November 22, 2007
Section: Carolina Coast, page IE44
© 2007- Landmark Communications Inc.

Singer-songwriter Kim Kalman has a gift for her fans: a Christmas CD.

"It's just something they'd been asking me to do," she said. "So I chose a wide variety of songs and Kalmanized them."

Recorded in mid-May in Nashville, where Kalman lived for 10 years before moving to the Outer Banks in 2001, the 10-song "A Christmas to Remember" should attract more admirers. It hits all the right notes, with outstanding fidelity, playing and production.

"A Christmas to Remember" will fit any holiday occasion - wrapping gifts, gatherings, trimming the tree - and, probably best of all, it should take you on a sentimental journey.

In the album's liner notes, Kalman mentions things such as neighborhood caroling, snowball fights and sleigh-riding that came back to her during the recording process.

"I hope it reminds people of the good times," she said. "It's about keeping them close to your heart."

Backed by some of Music City's best back-up vocalists and session players, including cellist John Catchings and violinist David Davidson from the Nashville Symphony, the Kill Devil Hills-based singer is in a holly jolly mood on her third Christmas album (the others are out of print).

Kalman has the right voice for holiday songs: warm, crisp and pliable.

She comes out swinging on the CD's opening tracks, "I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm" and Steve Allen's "Cool Yule," both of which hum merrily along with Jeff Roach's jazzy piano fills and Jim Hoke's rock-around-the-Christmas-tree-inducing saxophone leads.

Kalman, who is a music minister at two Catholic churches on the Outer Banks, is reverent on the hymns "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing," "Joy to the World" and "Silent Night," which features an unexpected, but tasteful, electric guitar solo by Ray Herndon.

The title track is slightly twangy (after all, it was recorded in Nashville), with Kalman singing over a warm bed of acoustic instruments. She even name-drops one of the all-time great carolers, Nat King Cole.

"Christmas Can't Be Far Away" and "I'll Be Home for Christmas" tap into the singer's pop sensibilities and are as comforting as an electric blanket on an Outer Banks winter night with a nor' easter raging.

"Christmas Again" showcases the power of a capella singing, with Kalman going gospel and four backup-singers - Vicki Hampton, Robert Bailey, Kim Fleming and Kim Parent - chiming in with choirlike harmonies.

"I think it's a good CD to put in to rotation on Christmas Eve," said Kalman, who co-produced the album with Kenny Royster. "I'm very pleased with the way it turned out."

the cd

"A Christmas to Remember" sells for $17 and can be purchased at It's also available at Outer Banks Nuts and Wanchese Pottery in Manteo; Outer Barks in Duck; and Beach Bags, Books and More in Corolla.

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