If you don’t know Mayer Hawthorne, you don’t know one of the grooviest retro-soul singers to hit the scene in the past few years. But here’s a good place to start: a sexy, slinky reading of “Christmas Times Is Here” that’s a smooth as those PJ’s you buy your best guy or girl.

Though the 32-year old Ann Arbor native calls the likes of Curtis Mayfield and Isaac Hayes his primary influences, his jazzy piano and bass take on “Christmas Time Is Here” owes as much to Vince Guaraldi and Ahmad Jamal as is does to Motown and Chi-Town.

Hit up his website after you and take this updated Christmas classic on a sleigh ride around your ears.

℗ 2011 UMG

Artists: Mayer Hawthorne

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