Niemann, Shelton lead new discs
Tuesday, October 2, 2012
– Jerrod Niemann and Blake Shelton lead the new releases out today.
Niemann's "Free the Music" includes his single Shinin' On Me. Niemann recorded the disc with his touring band along co-producer Dave Brainard. The soulful Niemann had much success with his previous disc, which included the hit Lover Lover.
Shelton is out with his first holiday disc, "Cheers, It's Christmas." Among those on the disc are Reba McEntire, Michael Bublé and Shelton's mother Dorothy Shackleford. Many of the songs were recorded at the Capitol Studios in Los Angeles with full orchestral accompaniment.
Tift Merritt is out with "Travelin' Alone" on Yep Roc. This is the New York-based singer's third label.
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Free The Music
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