Just in time for the holidays, South African singer-songwriter and guitarist Jonathan Butler has released his first Christmas album, "Merry Christmas To You."
The album offers fresh takes on some holiday classics along with two new songs. Most of "Merry Christmas To You" was cut unplugged, giving the songs the warmth they deserve.
Jazz saxophonist Dave Koz plays on the album, and Butler will reunite with Koz when he performs Dec. 7 at The Chicago Theatre, 175 N. State St., Chicago, as part of the Dave Koz and Friends Christmas Tour. Also on the bill are Oleta Adams and Keiko Matsui.
The show starts at 8 p.m., and tickets are available at www.ticketmaster.com.
Butler is busy these days. He recently launched the Jonathan Butler Foundation to fund music education programs.
More information is available by going to www.jonathanbutler.com.