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Elvis Xmas duets coming with Carrie Underwood, Gretchen Wilson

Wednesday, August 6, 2008 – Carrie Underwood and LeAnn Rimes weren't even alive when Elvis died 31 years ago, but that doesn't mean they aren't going to be signing together. Through the wonders of modern technology, Elvis, Underwood, Rimes and a slew of other country acts like Jennifer Nettles of Sugarland, Gretchen Wilson, will duet with Elvis on "Elvis Presley Christmas Duets" CD. This is the first Elvis Presley duet recordings album and the first Christmas compilation of its kind ever produced.

"There has been tremendous excitement from the many artists contributing their voices to these Elvis Christmas classics. We believe Elvis fans will truly enjoy these unique collaborations while introducing Elvis' holiday classics to the many fans of his duet partners," says Joe Galante, Chairman, Sony BMG Nashville. The label is putting out the disc in conjunction with Elvis Presley Enterprises.

In order to create these duets, Sony BMG used the "most advanced and sophisticated audio technology available," according to the label. For songs that were recorded on one track, mono, musical beds were created to perfectly match the instrumentation and arrangements contained on the originals. In the case of songs that have been recorded in multi-track where Elvis' vocal is isolated on a single track, the vocal was simply dropped for a given verse or chorus, making room for the duet artist. To be as faithful as possible to the original recordings, the fabled RCA Studio B in Nashville - the same studio that Elvis recorded the 1971 original Christmas session in, was used.

"This is an excellent example of the innovative ways in which we keep Elvis' catalog fresh for new and existing fans, and continue the history of creating, preserving and celebrating his great music," says John Ingrassia, President of the Sony BMG Commercial Music Group.

"We are so pleased that these accomplished artists are collaborating with Elvis in this unique way to make exciting new versions of his Christmas songs. I am sure Elvis would be proud to have worked with them," said Priscilla Presley.

Elvis recorded 20 Christmas songs with various holiday albums selling more than 25 million copies in the US alone.

A partial track listing is:
Jennifer Nettles - To Be Determined
"I'll Be Home For Christmas" with Carrie Underwood
"Blue Christmas" with Martina McBride
"Here Comes Santa Claus" with LeAnn Rimes
"Silent Night" with Sara Evans
"Merry Christmas Baby" with Gretchen Wilson
"Silver Bells" with Anne Murray
"White Christmas" with Amy Grant
"O Little Town" with Karen Fairchild and Kimberly Schlapman of Little Big Town
"Santa Claus Is Back In Town" with Wynonna Judd

Sample tracks will be previewed Aug. 14 during the 2008 Elvis Week in Memphis at the Elvis Insiders Conference.

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