“Christmas All the Way,” by Accent is harmonic joy for the holidays


International singing group Accent, celebrates the Christmas season on “Christmas All the Way.” The group seems to embody the idea of using music to build friendship across international borders. The diverse group of male voices presents a selection of well-known classics and some holiday songs that are popular with worldwide audiences.

The best examples of the group’s work can arguably be found on “Christmas Carol Medley” and “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year.”

Even though Accent retains close vocal harmonies that they are known for throughout “Christmas All the Way,” they add orchestral elements and jazz musicians to enhance their performance qualities. Additional vocalists are also included on the recording.

About Accent

In existence for about a decade, Accent distinguishes themselves from other a cappella groups by having more in common with groups from the 1950s or so. There are elements of jazz and r&b in the group’s work, too, with a pop feel.

In their recording history, Accent has recorded original works, jazz classics and what they call “jazzified” pop.

The members of Accent represent the US, Canada, Sweden, the UK, and France. The voice composition is made of four tenors, one baritone and one bass.

The group has earned worldwide fans and their videos on YouTube have earned many views.

“Christmas Carol Medley” and “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” by Accent

“Christmas All the Way” was released Oct. 18, 2019, well in advance of the holidays. Still, the sound of Accent is timeless. And as the days grow colder and the holidays are even closer, the sound of the group is even more fitting.

While “Christmas Carol Medley” and “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” are frequently done in one form or another, the songs make great use of the tight harmonies offered by Accent.

Listening to these two songs, audiences will feel inspired to participate in all things Christmas. Maybe that is the point. Listeners never so much as take for granted the soothing harmonies, but they look forward to the next measure of sound as the group performs. The tenors have a bright and clear tone, and the baritone and bass manage to balance them.

With ten songs of holiday warmth and joy, “Christmas All the Way” wraps listeners in a particular kind of vocal beauty that make the season bright. It is easy to imagine that a person need not be a jazz fan to appreciate the sounds of the season as presented by Accent.

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Dodie Miller-Gould is a native of Fort Wayne, Indiana who lives in New York City where she studies creative nonfiction at Columbia University. She has BA and MA degrees in English from Indiana University-Purdue University, Fort Wayne, and an MFA in Fiction from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Her research interests include popular music and culture, 1920s jazz, and blues, confessional poetry, and the rhetoric of fiction. She has presented at numerous conferences in rhetoric and composition, and creative writing. Her creative works have appeared in Tenth Muse, Apostrophe, The Flying Island, Scavenger's Newsletter and elsewhere. She has won university-based awards for creative work and literary criticism.

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