Lady A announces Xmas disc
Monday, September 10, 2012
– Lady Antebellum announced Monday it is releasing a holiday disc, "On This Winter's Night," on Oct 22. The disc will contain a dozen songs, 11 classics and the title track written by the band.
"I love the excitement, the child-like spirit of innocence and just about everything that goes along with Christmas," said Hillary Scott. "My little sister will be 12 this Christmas, and it is always so sweet to see her wake up every Christmas morning and wonder what Santa brought her. It was that way for me growing up, and it's so amazing to be able to spend that time with her now."
"The perfect winter's night for me would be with all the family together," added Charles Kelley. "As you get a little older and everybody has their jobs and then families and kids, it definitely becomes harder to get everybody together at once. It would be pretty special to have the whole family in the room and get back to where we were as kids...all waking up on Christmas morning, walking down and having that tradition."
"We recorded this album in two sections, but both times were in the summertime," said Dave Haywood. "It is always weird to be in the studio working on Christmas music in June and July, so we decorated the entire studio, we really did. We brought out lights, fake trees and decorated the place to get in the Christmas spirit. You'd leave the studio, and it'd be 100 degrees out in Nashville, but nonetheless, a great experience."
Between legs of their Own the Night 2012 World Tour earlier this year, Lady A hit the studio in Nashville to record the new collection where they also return as co-producers alongside veteran producer Paul Worley. For the festive release, the trio penned the album's title track and created their own arrangements for 2 of the disc's additional 11 holiday classics.
Songs on the disc are:
1. A Holly Jolly Christmas
2. Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)
3. All I Want For Christmas Is You
4. I'll Be Home For Christmas
5. This Christmas
6. The First Noel *
7. On This Winter's Night
8. Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow
9. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
10. Silent Night (Lord Of My Life) *
11. Blue Christmas
12. Silver Bells
*Arranged by Dave Haywood, Charles Kelley and Hillary Scott
Lady A is currently in the studio in the beginning stages of recording new music while also preparing for the final leg of their tour, which ends in October in Australia and has already wrapped legs in the U.S., Canada and Europe.
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