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The 10 Best Holiday Songs By Kansas City Artists

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One of Bill Brownlee's favorite Kansas City holiday songs is “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)” from singer-songwriter Samantha Fish.

From jazz to folk, Kansas City has a rich collection of music for this time of year. Music critic Bill Brownlee recommends adding these to your holiday playlist.

  1. Charlie Parker — “White Christmas from a 1948 radio broadcast
  2. Barnaby Bright — “If We Listen from the 2020 album “Bleak Midwinter”
  3. Ida McBeth — Kansas City Christmas from the 1998 compilation album “The Kansas City Holiday”
  4. Samantha Fish — Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) a 2019 single
  5. Jay McShann — Hootie’s Christmas Baby from the 1992 album “Jim and Jay’s Christmas”
  6. Andrea Lewis — Winter Wonderland from the 2020 album “Have a Very Merry Christmas”
  7. Melissa Etheridge — Light a Light from the 2007 album “A New Thought for Christmas”
  8. Count Basie Orchestra — I’ll Be Home for Christmas from the 2015 album “A Very Swingin’ Basie Christmas”
  9. Isaac Cates & Ordained — “Little Drummer Boy from the 2014 EP “Carol of the Bells”
  10. Oleta Adams — “There’s Still My Joyfrom the 2006 album “Christmas Time with Oleta”

Bill Brownlee is a music critic and blogger at There Stands the Glass and Plastic Sax.

Steve Kraske is the host of KCUR's Up To Date. Follow him on Twitter @stevekraske.
Mackenzie Martin is a producer for Up To Date, Real Humans By Gina Kaufmann, and other podcasts at KCUR Studios. Reach out to her at or on Twitter @_macmartin.