Award-winning vocalist Leslie Odom Jr. (check the vocals in the Nationwide Insurance commercial below!) has announced that he’ll be releasing a new deluxe edition of his critically acclaimed “Simply Christmas” album on October 27, 2017 on S-Curve Records. The stunning album of reinterpreted holiday classics debuted at #1 on the Soundscan and Billboard Jazz charts last year.

This deluxe addition will feature four new songs including, “Please Come Home For Christmas,” “Edelweiss” arranged by Grammy nominee Michael McElroy and featuring Odom Jr.‘s wife of 5 years, an accomplished performer in her own right, Nicolette Robinson, and “The Christmas Waltz” featuring a brand new arrangement by Emmy-winning, Grammy nominated arranger Rob Mathes. Full track listing below. “Simply Christmas” showcases Odom Jr.‘s soulful jazz versions of Christmas classics and follows his successful self-titled jazz debut.

Said Leslie Odom Jr., “One of the things I was looking forward to most while recording the album was performing the tunes live. These classics are dear to me, we’d worked so hard on the project, and I couldn’t wait to share. Things worked out differently than I imagined. I was on a plane for London almost immediately after the record was released for the start of the Murder On The Orient Express shoot. One year later and we have the upcoming release of the film and a slightly less hectic calendar. We added some of our favorites that we couldn’t include the first time around and once again I am really looking forward to celebrating the holidays performing these classic tunes next to people I care about very much.”


Simply Christmas – Track Listing
Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
First Noel
My Favorite Things
I’ll Be Home For Christmas
The Christmas Song
Merry Christmas Darling
Winter Song
Ave Maria
Please Come Home For Christmas
Christmas (from The Who’s Tommy)
The Christmas Waltz

Leslie Odom Jr. Concert List
9/16/2017 Monterey Jazz Festival Monterey, CA
9/17/2017 Moore Theater Seattle, WA
10/01/2017 University Of Iowa Iowa City, IA
10/06/2017 University of Virginia Charlottesville, VA
10/14/2017 Kennedy Center Washington, DC
10/15/2017 Kennedy Center Washington, DC
10/19/2017 Merrill Auditorium Portland, ME
10/21/2017 Toledo Symphony Toledo, OH
11/11/2017 Lehigh University Bethlehem, PA
11/14/2017 Blumenthal Performing Arts Charlotte, NC
11/15/2017 Guilford College Greensboro, NC
11/18/2017 Minnesota Symphony Minneapolis, MN
12/03/2017 St. Louis Symphony St. Louis, MO
12/08/2017 Disney Concert Hall Los Angeles, CA