After hitting refresh on her R&B career in September with her new album, “Love and War,” Tamar Braxton has also released a new Christmas collection titled “Winter Loversland.” Most of the album’s selections are torchy and familiar, but there’s one standout example of what Braxton likes to call an “elephant-in-the-room song.” Here’s Braxton on the importance of R&B truth-telling — even during the most wonderful time of the year:

“I’m a festive girl and Christmas is my holiday. Every year Vince [Herbert, her husband] and I go buy a bunch of holiday albums. But I thought it had been a while since there was a romantic Christmas album. So I did “Santa Baby,” and “Merry Christmas, Darling” by the Carpenters. But there’s one song called ‘She Can Have You.’ It’s for the women — and I’ve been there before — who don’t have a man on Christmas. Every single year, it’s the most frustrating thing in the whole world. Everybody has their mates but you don’t have anybody because you don’t want to settle. Not so festive. But it’s reality!”

Chris Richards