Christmas is here, y’all. It’s like the minute Halloween is over, stores are already having Black Friday sales and Mariah Carey is declaring it her season. We’re already bombarded with Christmas music before we’ve even decided where we’re going to collect plates from. Woo, chile, it's too much, too soon! But this collaboration between a cappella quintet Pentatonix and soul siren Jazmine Sullivan might just make you change your mind and defrost your Grinch-y heart. The two talented acts have teamed up to cover an underrated yuletide classic, “Joyful, Joyful” from Sister Act 2.
Pentatonix’s version of “Joyful, Joyful” captures the flavor of the original, with a definite '90s throwback feel. Jazmine opens the track, taking on Lauryn Hill’s solo, backed by the Boyz II Men-esque harmonies of the Pentatonix crew. But once the beat drops, the crew, with a little help from a gospel choir, give us the same vibes as the original song, with the group doing all of the production vocally. It’s heartwarming, if a bit cheesy.
“Joyful, Joyful” is featured on Pentatonix latest album, The Best of Pentatonix Christmas. Known for their incredible Christmas music, this is their fifth collection of holiday songs. The project also features collaborations with Tori Kelly and the legend herself Whitney Houston.