Jennifer Nettles’ Christmas Album Coming in October
Jennifer Nettles has officially confirmed that she does, indeed, have a Christmas album on the way ... after Dolly Parton inadvertently spilled the beans a few weeks ago! Nettles' first holiday album, To Celebrate Christmas, will be released on Oct. 28.
To Celebrate Christmas will include 10 of Nettles' favorite Christmas classics, made unique by her signature country sound and enthusiastic spirit. The project will also feature a few duets and special collaborators: Parton wrote the fifth track on the record, "Circle of Love," and soul singer Andra Day will join Nettles on "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen." Tony Award-winner Idina Menzel, of Wicked fame, will also join the "Hey Heartbreak" singer for a dynamic performance of "Little Drummer Boy." A complete track listing is below.
To top it all off, Nettles will pair the release of her Christmas album with select shows in Nashville on Dec. 8, Tallahassee, Fla., on Dec. 9 and Lake Charles, La., on Dec. 10.
"I’m such a lover of this season and all of the magical feelings that surround us during the holidays, so it will be exciting to share it with fans at our live shows," Nettles says. "Especially since the birth of my son, who arrived to us in December [of 2012], I’ve found even more joy [in] Christmas traditions and music. Having both Idina and Andra lend their idyllic voices to some of my favorite songs is the bow on top!"
Fans can pre-order To Celebrate Christmas on iTunes now, and tickets for Nettles' three Christmas shows will be available on Sept. 23 on Ticketmaster. Nettles, who has hosted the CMA Country Christmas special since 2010, will also reprise her role as Avie Lee Parton, Dolly Parton's mother, in the upcoming TV movie Dolly Parton’s Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love, set to air during the 2016 holiday season.
Jennifer Nettles, To Celebrate Christmas Track Listing:
1. "Go Tell It on the Mountain"
2. "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" (featuring Andra Day)
3. "Little Drummer Boy" (featuring Idina Menzel)
4. "Celebrate Me Home"
5. "Circle of Love"
6. "Do You Hear What I Hear"
7. "Count Your Blessings Instead of Sheep"
8. "O Holy Night"
9. "Merry Christmas With Love"
10. "The First Noel"
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