Practical Advice: Gwendolyn Walker

Drum up some holiday cheer with Gwendolyn Walker's favorite albums.

Gwendolyn Walker

Hey Girl It's ChristmasHey Gurl, It's Christmas (2019)

Randy Rainbow’s video parodies of mostly musical theater songs with new lyrics written to address current political themes remind me of the great satirist Tom Lehrer, whose music I listened to as a teen with my dad.

Home for Holidays BroadwayHome for the Holidays (2001)

Broadway Cares is a philanthropic organization of artists raising money for AIDS-related causes in the U.S. In this album, many great Broadway performers breathe fresh life into holiday classics.

Very Special ChristmasA Very Special Christmas (1987)

This first in a series supporting Special Olympics features artists performing holiday standards such as Bruce Springsteen’s “Merry Christmas Baby” and Whitney Houston’s “Do You Hear What I Hear,” which, as a voice teacher, I will say is an epic track.

Leslie Odom ChristmasSimply Christmas (2017)

Leslie Odom Jr. won a Tony Award for his portrayal of Aaron Burr in the smash Broadway production of Hamilton. “Winter Song,” featuring Tony Award–winner Cynthia Erivo, is my favorite song.

Hadestown Holiday AlbumA Hadestown Holiday Album (2020)

Hadestown, a wonderful new Broadway musical written by Anaïs Mitchell, has a unique and exciting sound. The album features new music by Mitchell, some holiday favorites, and the entire cast of Hadestown. It’s different and soul-quenching.