Musgraves gets in the holiday spirit
Wednesday, September 7, 2016
– Kacey Musgraves will release her first holiday album, "A Very Kacey Christmas" Featuring Leon Bridges, Willie Nelson & The Quebe Sisters." on Oct. 28 on Mercury Nashville.
Produced by Musgraves, Misa Arriaga and Kyle Ryan, the album features four originals, co-written by Musgraves, and eight holiday favorites.
"Working on my first Christmas album has been one of the most enriching musical experiences I've ever had and I can't wait for everyone to hear it," said Musgraves. "I really wanted to create a whimsical throwback holiday record, one that evokes feelings of nostalgia and simpler times. I think that the fine musicians and brains that were a part of this project have helped me create a body of music that can be added to people's classic collections."
"It would have been easy to simply copy old versions of these songs that have been around forever, but it was very important for us to build arrangements that are totally new and very me," said Musgraves, a traditional country singer from Texas.
Musgraves describes the sound as "part Western Swing sprinkled with bits of classic pop, hazy Hawaiian moments and child-like fun, all coming to a nostalgic and melancholy end."
"There can be a touch of sad feelings and memories during the holiday season for a lot of people so I knew when I went in to write I wanted to include all the emotions this time of year can bring out."
1. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
2. Let It Snow (featuring The Quebe Sisters)
3. Christmas Don't Be Late
4. A Willie Nice Christmas (Featuring Willie Nelson and Trigger; Written by Kacey Musgraves, Shane McAnally and Josh Osborne)
5. Feliz Navidad
6. Christmas Makes Me Cry (Written by Kacey Musgraves, Shane McAnally and Brandy Clark)
7. Present Without A Bow (Featuring Leon Bridges; Written by Kacey Musgraves, Leon Bridges, Austin Jenkins and Luke Laird)
8. Mele Kalikimaka (featuring The Quebe Sisters)
. I Want A Hippopotamus For Christmas
10. Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer
11. Ribbons and Bows (Written by Kacey Musgraves, Julia Michaels and Justin Tranter)
12. What Are You Doing New Year's Eve?
Musgraves received much praise for her discs "Same Trailer Different Park" in 2013 and "Pageant Material" in 2015. Musgraves has taken home the award for "New Artist of the Year" at 2013's CMA Awards and also won two Grammy Awards for Best Country Song ("Merry Go 'Round") and Best Country Album ("Same Trailer Different Park"), the ACM Award for Album of the Year ("Same Trailer Different Park") and the 2014 CMA Award for Song of the Year ("Follow Your Arrow").
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