The Best Christmas Carol You Have Never Heard

The Best Christmas Carol You Have Never Heard

Some Christmas carols are so old it is hard to tell which is older — the lyrics or the tune. Below is a carol thought to be one of the oldest Christmas tunes ever. Few today know it well and it is presented here as something new and fresh to Christmas music fans. 500 years ago tunes were performed publicly only occasionally and, of course, there was no radio or television to play things over and over. Songs then were re-purposed for a variety of uses. The song What Child is This? is perhaps the most well known Christmas songRead more

Kenzie Nimmo Releases Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

Kenzie Nimmo Releases Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

Kenzie Nimmo kicks off the rush of new Christmas music videos with this minimal and stirring version of Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas. Take a listen: Singer-songwriter Kenzie Nimmo is well known for her cover songs which she posts to her enormously popular Vine account and highly subscribed YouTube channel as well. She released her viral video, “Cool Kids,” when she had only 1,900 followers. She grew up participating in musical theater and many other musical activities. She went to school for music at BYU where she met Harris Heller, another music student with whom she started working onRead more

Peter Hollens Releases What Child Is This

Peter Hollens Releases What Child Is This

Peter Hollens brings us his 2nd new video from his Christmas album, A Hollens Family Christmas – What Child is This? Hollens calls it a follow-up to his smash video release last year of Mary, Did You Know? What Child is This? Has a long history as a Christmas carol. The tune – Greensleeves — is much older than the lyrics, dating back to the 15th century, if not earlier. Greensleeves was once upon a time a tune not previously associated with religious works and some mistakenly credit King Henry VIII with writing the song. The song is an ancientRead more

Debut of December Song by Peter Hollens

Debut of December Song by Peter Hollens

As we shared earlier this month Peter Hollens is releasing his first full Christmas album and this is his first video release from that album, an original called December Song: This is a very anticipated release. Hollens usually works with artists, groups and choirs large and small in creative covers and according to his own comments on the backend of this video his new album includes some 4300 other individuals. Between Jackie Evancho and Home Free alone it promises to be quite a work. To say this album is eagerly awaited in an understatement. The album is now on saleRead more

Pentatonix Releases Hallelujah

Pentatonix Releases Hallelujah

This has got to be one of the most over covered songs of recent Christmas albums. But this is Pentatonix. That means it is fresh, stirring — a must listen and a must watch: The is the first release of their new album, A Pentatonix Christmas. If you thought you’ve heard too much of them these past few years just check that at the door. A Pentatonix Christmas features versions of “White Christmas,” “God Rest Ye Merry Gentleman,” and other tunes you’ll be blasting in the coming months. Stay tuned for more to come.

Peter Hollens to Release a Christmas Album

Peter Hollens to Release a Christmas Album

Recording artist and YouTube star Peter Hollens is releasing a new Christmas album, titled A Hollens Family Christmas. The album is a follow-up to his hit video cover of Mary, Did You Know? released last December and presently sitting at better than 5 million views (the song also appears on this new album). Hollens has consistently struck an independent path in his career, using YouTube and social media to connect personally with fans. He is marketing this new album first via Patreon.com but issuing a general release weeks after. Track listing: 1. Little Drummer Boy 2. O Come, O ComeRead more

A Very Kacey Christmas Due October 28

A Very Kacey Christmas Due October 28

Kacey Musgraves has announced both a new Christmas album and a Christmas tour to support it. The album drops on October 28th. Kacey’s album features guest artists Willie Nelson, Brandy Clark, and Leon Bridges. A Very Kacey Christmas is a mix of traditional and new Christmas songs. Fans can look forward to classics like “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” and “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” and Musgraves-originals, including “Christmas Makes Me Cry” and “A Willie Nice Christmas”. “Working on my first Christmas album has been one of the most enriching musical experiences I’ve ever had and I can’t wait forRead more

Sarah McLachlan to Release Wonderland in October

Sarah McLachlan to Release Wonderland in October

Sarah McLachlan joins the parade of artists bringing out new Christmas albums this year. On October 21 she will release Wonderland, her first Christmas album since her hit holiday album of 2006 titled Wintersong. “I love everything about Christmas and this record was a joy to make,” said McLachlan of “Wonderland”. Fans will enjoy such holiday classics as “Silver Bells”, which is reimagined as “a shimmering, orchestrated picturesque tale,” as well as “Go Tell It On The Mountain” (featuring vocals from Emmylou Harris and Martha Wainwright), while “Away In A Manager” is reinvented as a country shuffle. In all, WonderlandRead more

Country Christmas Albums Coming Out in October

Country Christmas Albums Coming Out in October

It is a country Christmas this year as multiple country artists have announced albums for the festive season. Long ago we announced Reba, Merle Haggard and Rascal Flatts. Today the news comes of albums from Loretta Lynn, Chris Young and Jennifer Nettles. Loretta Lynn’s new album is due in just a few weeks, on October 7th and is named White Christmas Blue. The unusual title of the album is due to an original song by the same title the album is named for. Lynn sings several classics include a reprise of her Christmas hits, Country Christmas and To Heck withRead more

Neil Diamond Goes Acoustic in New Christmas Album

Neil Diamond Goes Acoustic in New Christmas Album

Neil Diamond has announced yet another Christmas album release to be titled Acoustic Christmas. The album drops on October 28th. Neil Diamond, who is famously Jewish, has made a fortune producing Christmas albums in the later stages of his career. Rolling Stone notes with hope that this new album is a return to his acoustic roots claiming the album was recorded “with a handful of musicians, sitting around a circle of microphones, wires and, of course, Christmas lights.” We’re assuming they were all playing acoustic guitars. Diamond is one of the most successful recording artists of all time having soldRead more