Blind Boys of Alabama formed in 1944, and have stated that their goal is to "spiritually uplift audiences." They have released many records over the years, and Talkin' Christmas is not their first Christmas album. It is, however, the first to feature collaborator Taj Mahal. Taj Mahal has been putting his unique stamp on blues and world music for nearly 50 years. In Talkin' Christmas the singers and musicians have created a special blend of gospel and R&B for the season.