Following her 2006 debut release of original songs "Disappear" Cheryl Branz now takes her skillful vocals to new heights with "The Christmas Gift" a collection of holiday favorites. Combining her talents with award winning producer Tom Prasada-Rao, the two have created a perfect soundtrack for the season. Cheryl's versatile voice allows her to blend elements of folk, jazz and classical styles in one seamless package. From the prayerful Ave Maria to the playful Santa Baby the CD captures a classic, timeless feel of superior musicality. Sarah Sample and Cary Cooper chime in on background vocals and Tom Prasada-Rao lends his voice for a duet with Cheryl on the track 'Let It Snow'. Cheryl was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest and the original song 'Skating' on this new CD was inspired in part by the winters there. Written for her mom, who was a professional skater in the Ice Capades, 'Skating' speaks of the hopes of a young girl with a big dream...a fitting parallel for the now grown up singer/songwriter Cheryl Branz.