Dionne Warwick's holiday CD is full of familiar carols and Christmas songs.
Born into a gifted gospel-music family, Marie Dionne Warwick first raised her voice in song at age six. Though reared in the church, she is not a gospel singer. Her unique sound is a sophisticated combination of music forms.
Samples from 'My Favorite Time of the Year'
Listen: 'I'll Be Home for Christmas'
Listen: 'Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas'
Indelibly tied to the songwriting combination of Burt Bacharach and Hal David — remember "I Say a Little Prayer" or "I'll Never Fall in Love Again" — she filled the airwaves in the 1960s and has enjoyed a diverse and sparkling career.
Now she's back with her first-ever collection of holiday songs. It's called My Favorite Time of The Year, and it brings that distinctive Warwick style to time-honored holiday classics, from "Joy to the World" to "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas."
Warwick talks about her music with NPR's Tavis Smiley, and tells why it took her 40 years to do a Christmas album.