Alison Scott's A Soulful Christmas

The guilt has been killing me. Here it's already mid-December (yikes!), and I haven't had a chance to tell you about a local Christmas album and concert that you won't want to miss out on. The worst part: I interviewed Alison Scott in mid-November, and was all set to tell you about her new Christmas album, A Soulful Christmas, right before Thanksgiving, but my family got hit with the stomach flu—twice—and then I was hosting Thanksgiving for 20-some people and then I got tangled up in deadlines, and when I looked up, it was Dec. 11 and I still hadn't written this blog, which I wanted to post weeks ago.

I feel like I've been robbing you of potential Christmas cheer (for those of you who celebrate Christmas, that is).

Anyway, enough about my guilty conscious. Here's the deal: singer Alison Scott just released this awesome, bluesy/funky Christmas album with a mix of original songs and some new spins on traditional songs. If you love Christmas music (like I do), you'll want to add this one to your collection.

And she's been touring a Christmas show, featuring local youth choirs and a 6-piece band of professional musicians. She'll be performing, with the Minnesota Boychoir as her special guest, at 8 p.m. December 27 and 28 at the Chanhassen Dinner Theatres. Tickets are $28 for the show and $43 for dinner and the show. Find them here. The show is a mix of Christmas music and some of Scott's own work.

Scott says she was inspired to work with youth choirs because she wanted to give aspiring musicians the opportunity to see how professional musicians work and to see how music can be a viable career path. She hopes to turn this Christmas show into an annual thing and is even considering the possibility of releasing another Christmas album—and if you've heard her record, you'll know that's something to get excited about.