J Is For Joy

J Is For Joy

by John FlukerJohn Fluker


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After making his solo recording debut mere months earlier with the instrumental piano album The Sound of Peace, John Fluker returned with a holiday set that, at least in part, is more in keeping with his day job as a background vocalist and vocal coach. J Is for Joy takes a handful of religiously oriented Christmas carols and presents them in R&B/pop arrangements that sound more like the '80s than the 2000s. Starting with "Oh Come All Ye Faithful," Fluker makes like a one-man Boyz II Men, keeping the lyrics but largely forgetting the familiar melody and traditional approach. The same holds true on his original, "Follow the Brightest Star," and four other public domain holiday songs. Then, Fluker reverts to his instrumental self, repeating four of the songs in contemporary jazz
ew age versions largely without vocals, concluding with a solo piano on "Silent Night." It's as if he can't help trying to show off all his talents rather than coming up with a Christmas album that's consistent all the way through.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/24/2006
Label: Cd Baby
UPC: 0837101249188
catalogNumber: 5637299685
Rank: 152866


  1. Oh Come All Ye Faithful
  2. Follow the Brightest Star
  3. We Three Kings
  4. Away in a Manger
  5. Joy to the World
  6. Silent Night
  7. Oh Come All Ye Faithful
  8. We Three Kings
  9. Away in a Manger
  10. Silent Night

Album Credits

Performance Credits

John Fluker   Primary Artist,Vocals,Track Performer
Florence LaRue   Vocals
Brad Leali   Alto Saxophone
Melissa Vardey   Clavinet
Greg Bowden   Guitar

Technical Credits

George Frideric Handel   Composer
Franz Gruber   Composer
John Fluker   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Author,Audio Production,Instrumentation
Keith Sterling   Engineer
Isaac Watts   Composer
Lowell Mason   Arranger
Frederick Oakeley   Composer
John Francis Wade   Composer
Joseph Mohr   Composer
Melissa Vardey   Arranger,Composer,Producer
John F. Young   translation
Matt LaPoint   drum programming

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