This Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, actor, dancer has been gracing New York with his multi-flavored art for the past 12 years. He has done everything from touring and performing in and out of the studio with musical giants like Stevie Wonder, Jon Bon Jovi, Quincy Jones, and David Bowie, topping the charts in Europe with his dance classic, 'I Luv U Baby,' to being the first American to lead the British percussive sensation 'STOMP.' He was co-writer, arranger, and star of the hit new musical, 'SWING,' which was Grammy- nominated for best Broadway Cast recording. TOY-(Personal note from Everett) This Christmas CD was inspired shortly after 9/11. In the midst of everyone searching for therapeutic ways to deal with the tragedy, Mikiodo (my designer, co-writer, and good friend) and I wrote a Christmas song called 'I'm Coming Home.' It pushed me to make a full length CD with maybe a few more original songs and the remainder covers of classics. Later in May of 2002, I started writing again and collaborating with some of my favorite songwriters. As I was writing, I got into a groove. The songs just kept coming. It was so interesting to write about the holiday in the middle of the summer. It made me look at Christmas in a whole new objective way. By the end of the summer, there were 15 new original Christmas songs all dressed up with my silly obsession for jazzy groove infused funky pop and a lot of attitude. It got even more interesting when artists Richie Sambora, Chris Botti, and Ann Hampton Callaway brought their gifts to the party. The icing on the cake is the spontaneous minidisc recording of my mother singing her rendition of 'Amazing Grace,' the only cover on the record.
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