Gregory Porter has just released his first-ever holiday album.

A tribute to Porter’s favourite time of the year, Christmas Wish features interpretations of carols, jazz-age standards and soulful ’60s deep cuts, including “Silent Night,” “Little Drummer Boy,” Marvin Gaye’s “Purple Snowflakes,” Stevie Wonder’s “Someday at Christmas” and Frank Loesser’s “What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?,” which features a guest appearance by recent Grammy winner Samara Joy. It also includes three of Porter’s own original holiday songs: “Christmas Wish,” “Heart for Christmas,” and “Everything’s Not Lost.”

Porter joined us to talk about the album and what the Christmas spirit means to him.