India.Arie recently released her first-ever holiday album, Christmas with Friends. The 10-song collection is notable for its collaborations with jazz icon Joe Sample, whom she met at a festival in 2012. Special guests on the album include Brandy, Michael McDonald, KEM, Tori Kelly, Trombone Shorty, Dave Koz, Kirk Whalum and Take 6’s Khristian Dentley.
A brief tour supporting the Christmas collection will kick off on December 13th at the Wilburn Theatre in Boston and conclude in Nashville on the 21st. She’ll also make a performance during the Hollywood Christmas Parade, to air on The CW on Dec. 11th, and will make appearances on Steve Harvey’s and Tavis Smiley’s TV programs during December.