For the past two holiday seasons, Brett Eldredge has capped his years in music with an intimate night of standards in Nashville, treating invitation-only audiences to covers of Frank Sinatra, Ray Charles and Nat King Cole. It is his hope to develop the holiday show into an annual benefit with proceeds supporting a charity of his choice.
This fall, he releases his first Christmas album inspired by the big band, orchestral classics by Bing Crosby, Cole and others he grew up loving. Recorded in May at New York’s legendary Avatar Studios with producers Rob Mounsey and Jay Newland, the collection will feature several holiday favorites and an original titled, “Glow.”
“I dreamt of the day I could record all these classic songs that I’ve loved since I was a little kid,” Eldredge said in a press release. “I recorded those classics in New York City and tried to give a tip of the hat to the ones that came before me – Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Ray Charles – by adding that swing and that soul to the best of my ability. When it came to actually recording, I wanted to live in the experience. We hung Christmas lights in the studio and had musicians from the best bands in the world all in the same room – from horns to strings. Everyone was so inspired to make this classic record. I think it really shows in the songs and I can’t wait for people to hear that magic we found.”
A release date, title and track listing for the new compilation have yet to be announced. Reba McEntire’s My Kind of Christmas will be released through Cracker Barrel Old Country Store on Sept. 2. Chris Young’s first holiday collection also arrives this fall.