CLAS­SI­CAL GAS

With their new hol­i­day al­bum, The Tenors are hav­ing more fun than you are. So al­low them to demon­strate the art of the state­ment sweater

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THIS FES­TIVE SEA­SON, the Tenors are on a mis­sion to win over Ebenezer Scrooges and Grinches alike. “Dur­ing our Christ­mas tour, we know that there’s al­ways some­body in the au­di­ence who got dragged to our show,” singer Clifton Mur­ray ad­mits. But Mur­ray and his band­mates, Vic­tor Mi­callef and Fraser Wal­ters, have faith that a heart­felt hol­i­day song can win over the most em­bit­tered of souls. “We cel­e­brate when we see that smile from the stage and know that we’ve earned an­other fan with our Christ­mas ma­te­rial,” he says. The Tenors’ sales fig­ures speak to their knack for spread­ing cheer: the band’s 2010 Christ­mas record, Per­fect Gift, went triple plat­inum. This year’s fol­low-up, Christ­mas To­gether, fea­tures more of the rev­er­ent hymns the group per­fected as kids in their church choirs. “Grow­ing up as a singer, Christ­mas is sort of your call­ing,” says Wal­ters. “Singing ‘Oh Holy Night’ be­came tra­di­tion.”

Along­side the fresh ar­range­ments of fa­mil­iar clas­sics are two orig­i­nal com­po­si­tions: “When We Are To­gether” and “Santa’s Wish.” For all of their en­thu­si­asm for this time of year, the Tenors con­fess that com­ing up with songs that can hold their own against the likes of “Lit­tle Drum­mer Boy” is still a daunt­ing task. “It’s like cap­tur­ing light­ning in a bot­tle,” Mur­ray says. The trick, he’s learned, is to write some­thing that chan­nels the warm, play­ful at­mos­phere of a fam­ily gath­er­ing. For Mur­ray, that means his mom’s an­nual potluck par­ties, which al­ways break into rau­cous car­olling. “Christ­mas is such a pow­er­ful time,” Mi­callef adds. “Peo­ple feel like they want to be uni­fied with oth­ers.”

An­other key con­sid­er­a­tion when record­ing a hol­i­day track: en­sur­ing it can be put on a loop in depart­ment stores across the coun­try. “If it sounds fun, en­er­getic, and makes you smile right from the get go,” Mur­ray says, “then you can play it over and over.”

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