Country Christmas Releases 2015
It’s been a quieter year than normal for festive releases from our favourite country stars, but that doesn’t mean there haven’t been any. From albums to singles to this month’s CMA Country Christmas TV special, there’s still plenty going on. Here’s a breakdown of the newest country Christmas releases this year.
Kenny Rogers ‘Once Again It’s Christmas’
Kenny returns with another great Christmas album to add to his collection of holiday cheer. He often plays Christmas-themed shows every year, and 2015 is no exception; he has plenty of shows in the US lined up. The record is full of traditional Christmas songs and carols, plus a couple of originals and is Kenny at his best. A great listen!
Rhonda Vincent ‘Christmas Time’
The bluegrass queen puts a rootsy spin on some of the Christmas classics in her own unique way. It’s her first Christmas record since 2006’s ‘Beautiful Star: A Christmas Collection’ and one of the album’s highlights is the closing ‘Christmas medley’, which incorporates a number of well-known songs in a stripped-back arrangement.
LeAnn Rimes ‘Today Is Christmas’
LeAnn has released a few Christmas records in her time, and following last year’s ‘One Christmas: Chapter One’, she bucked the EP trend by releasing a full-length album in October. ‘Today Is Christmas’ features a mix of children’s songs, soul and jazz, alternating between covers and originals.
Jessie James Decker ‘This Christmas’
Jessie’s entry into 2015’s festive canon wasn’t particularly well-promoted, but it’s a fun and upbeat 7-track EP/mini-album that features two duets on the same song, ‘Baby It’s Cold Outside’. One is with established artist Joe Nichols and the other is with her husband Eric Decker (who is a football player by trade). This one will really spread the joy.
‘NOW That’s What I Call Country Christmas’
This is a two-disc, 30-track extravaganza filled to the brim with your favourite country artists singing your favourite Christmas tunes. Pretty much all of these are recordings from previous years, but it’s the best of the best and a great re-packaging fresh for 2015.
Vince Gill ‘Christmas’
This appears to be a new repackaging of material from previous Christmas albums of Vince’s, but that doesn’t make it any less worth your money. Vince always delivers and is currently on a Christmas tour of the US with wife and Christian music artist Amy Grant, and this record finds him on traditional songs and carols. It’s a classic.
Mickey Guyton ‘Do You Want To Build A Snowman?’
At the CMA Country Christmas press conferences (she was performing that night), Mickey couldn’t help but gush about her love of Christmas and, more specifically, the movie Frozen. She loves both so much that in the same year her country career launched she decided to record her own version of ‘Do You Want To Build A Snowman?’ from the soundtrack and release it to radio. It’s very festive and soulful and will have you all singing along!
Kristian Bush ‘Thinking About Drinking For Christmas’
The only comedic Christmas release this year, Kristian took a leaf out of Brad Paisley’s book this year and recorded an original song called ‘Thinking About Drinking For Christmas’. It’s a tongue-in-cheek commentary on how relatives coming over at Christmas makes you want to get drunk to cope with it – and true for a lot of us! Some “alternative” listening for this Christmas period.