Joshua Rogers (2016)
Mixed Bag Entertainment
By Libra Boyd
Gospel Music Fever
Certain Christmas songs put you in the holiday spirit from the opening note. Donny Hathaway's "This Christmas" is one of them. Forty-six years following its original release, Joshua Rogers delivers a cover of the R&B/soul classic.
Rogers, who became the youngest person and first male to win BET's Sunday Best, chooses an "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" approach to "This Christmas." The gospel sensation's sage decision underscores his facility for traversing music genres and pays tribute to Hathaway's creative genius.
Rogers is gearing up to drop a new album in summer 2017.