Our Music & Carols

Folk, blues, jazz, pop acappella — and more.

The Winter Graces Songbook

We had a large catalog of fantastic women's holiday music to choose from when building our songbook. We started with “Golden Age” classics from performers such as The Andrews Sisters (“Man With The Bag,” “Mele Kalikimaka”) and modern classics by Joni Mitchell (“River”), The Ronettes (“Sleigh Ride”), The Muppets (“Rainbow Connection”), and Cyndi Lauper (“Time After Time”). We then looked to more modern artists like Sara Bareilles & Ingrid Michaelson (“Winter Song”), Over the Rhine (“All I Ever Get For Christmas Is Blue”), and Emmylou Harris/Alison Krauss/Gillian Welch (“Didn't Leave Nobody But The Baby” from O Brother, Where Art Thou, with all-new lyrics for the holidays). Finally, we adapted some songs for female voices such as The Beatles' “Blackbird,” George Strait's “Christmas Cookies,” and José Feliciano's “Feliz Navidad,” as well as crafting all-new versions of familiar classics like “Deck the Halls,” “Silent Night,” a stunning new version of “The Little Drummer Boy” we call “The Little Drummer Girl/My Father's Drum,” and many more.

2016 Debut Song List

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All I Ever Get For Christmas Is Blue
This bluesy, sultry song by the Ohio band Over the Rhine takes listeners on a lament of winter loneliness. The Graces' version is sung acappella, but they keep the heat on even without the backing jazz band with a strong half-time feel and solo featuring our mezzo-sopranos.
Angels We Have Heard On High
We took this traditional carol and updated it with a country swing-waltz feel, with updated lyrics to fit the style.
Away in a Manger/Pretty Paper
Our mashup of “Away in a Manger” with Willie Nelson's country waltz “Pretty Paper” tells the story of a man that manages to find a way to happiness by remembering the spirit of the season.
Blackbird
We set this great song for three voices with acappella syllables driving the music behind the soulful soloist. It's an unexpected treat whenever it's in our set.
Bring a Torch, Jeanette, Isabella
Our musical director started by crafting a new translation to English from the original French many years ago, and then set our version in a moderate tempo with a rhythmic feel inspired by “Try to Remember” from The Fantasticks.
Carol of the Bells
Hold on to your fascinators, because our version of “Carol of the Bells” is a super high-energy jazz dynamo that features each of our singers in turn, featuring all-new lyrics and music in spots to bring a fresh take to this venerable classic!
Christmas Cookies
We had to do this song. We just had to. With some slight lyrical tweaks to better fit our group, and with a harmonized version of George Strait's spoken-word verses, it's a song about one of our favorite parts of the holiday season!
Deck the Halls
Our arrangement of “Deck the Halls” combines a jazzy feel with a bluesy country vibe, and features some updated lyrics to better fit the style. It's a head-bobbin', toe-tappin' version of this classic.
Didn't Leave Nobody But the Baby
We fell in love with this song the first time we heard it sung by The Sirens in the movie O Brother, Where Art Thou? Our version has all-new lyrics, and is a bluesy, solemn beauty of a lullaby for the Baby Jesus.
Feliz Navidad
With a raucous fun vibe, our take on “Feliz Navidad” is instantly familiar and high energy!
Jingle Bells
You can't have a holiday acappella group without one of the classic holiday songs! Inspired by Johnny Mercer's version, we approach “Jingle Bells” with a high-energy, jazzy vibe and tight three-part harmonies… and, of course, sleigh bells!
Little Drummer Girl/My Father's Drum
Our stunning, moving version of “The Little Drummer Boy” not only changes the gender of the titular character — it adds a beautiful extended intro and bridge, telling the story of a little girl, her drum, and the father she loved.
Man With The Bag
You know it, you love it, and we love to sing it. The Andrews Sisters popularized a tight, jazzy three-part style that we bring to one of their classic holiday songs.
Mele Kalikimaka
Bing Crosby & The Andrews Sisters popularized this song, but many of us know it from the classic holiday film National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation. We bailed on the Bing and made it just for three-part women's voices, along with some updated lyrics to have a new second verse.
Merry Christmas Darling
One of the classic adult contemporary holiday ballads, our arrangement features our altos in a version of this easy-listening ballad that pays homage to the original.
O Little Town of Bethlehem
Our concise and solemn take on this classic borrows a bit from Barbra's version, a bit from jazz, a bit from our sibling ensembles, and arrives at something beautiful in its simplicity.
Rainbow Connection
Our stunning three-part treble version of this song from The Muppet Movie is moving and dynamic, building to a beautiful conclusion.
River
The song that led to us forming the Graces, “River” is a classic that we set in beautiful three-part harmony.
Silent Night
Our version of “Silent Night” borrows from the version written for our sibling ensemble Men Singing Carols, but we make it our own. It features moving swells of "ooo"s to open, followed finally by the words.
Sleigh Ride
When The Ronettes put their “Sleigh Ride” down on wax, it became an instant classic. We took their incredibly high-energy version, added new versions of the two bridges that they left out, and turned into a three-part women's acappella romp through the snow!
Time After Time
How do you approach what may very well be a perfect pop song? You respect it, and you let the song speak for itself. We adapted Cyndi Lauper's masterpiece for three voices without getting fancy — just a solid acappella reduction and performance of a modern masterpiece.
We Wish You a Merry Christmas
Our bluesy, swing version of “We Wish You a Merry Christmas” adds new lyrics, updated melodies, and more to reinvent this well-worn classic with a toe-tapping easygoing vibe.
We reduced Celtic Woman's stunning version of “The Wexford Carol” to three voices, with an unearthly soprano part and complex harmonizations.
Winter Song
When we first heard this song, we knew we had to find a way to adapt it for the Winter Graces. Faith, hope, and love are all contained within the lyrics about winter's cold.
Winter Wonderland
Our relaxed, comfortable “Winter Wonderland” feels more like a lazy conversation in front of a fire with hot cocoa than plans that need to be faced unafraid. Maybe we'll build that snowman — or maybe we'll just stay in, put another log on the fire, and sit under the blankets. Pass the mini-marshmallows, please.