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Grammy Award®-winning, two-time Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame inductee Rod Stewart, the newest world-class megastar to join the roster of the Verve Music Group, a division of Universal Music Group, has completed MERRY CHRISTMAS, BABY, his first Christmas album of his career, it was announced today by Lucian Grainge, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Universal Music Group and David Foster, Chairman, Verve Music Group. Foster serves as producer and arranger of MERRY CHRISTMAS, BABY, which is set to arrive in stores on October 30th and is available for pre-order on iTunes today.
“I have always been tempted to do a Christmas album,” said Rod Stewart. “And now that I once again have young children, the timing couldn’t be better. Additionally, Merry Christmas, Baby gave me a chance to reunite with David Foster.” Added Foster, “And I’m thrilled that this is the first project for both of us on Verve.”
MERRY CHRISTMAS, BABY, an album of standards and traditional songs finds Rod Stewart joined by a number of A-list guests, starting with Michael Bublé, who duets with Rod on “Winter Wonderland.” “We Three Kings” is a duet with Mary J. Blige; and the title tune “Merry Christmas, Baby” is a duet with Cee-Lo Green featuring New Orleans’ favorite son, Trombone Shorty. “Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!” features Dave Koz on saxophone and “What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?” is a very special ‘virtual’ duet with Ella Fitzgerald featuring Chris Botti.
The balance of the tunes on MERRY CHRISTMAS, BABY comprise “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas,”“Santa Claus Is Coming To Town,” Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas,” “Blue Christmas,” “When You Wish Upon A Star,” “Silent Night,” and “Auld Lang Syne.” The album’s one original track, “Red-Suited Super Man,” is composed by Rod Stewart, David Foster and Amy Foster and features Trombone Shorty.
MERRY CHRISTMAS, BABY TRACK LIST –
1. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
2. Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
3. Winter Wonderland – featuring Michael Bublé
4. White Christmas
5. Merry Christmas, Baby featuring CeeLo Green & Trombone Shorty
6. Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! featuring Dave Koz
7. What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve – featuring Ella Fitzgerald & Chris Botti
8. Blue Christmas
9. Red-suited Super Man – featuring Trombone Shorty
10. When You Wish Upon A Star
11. We Three Kings – featuring Mary J. Blige
12. Silent Night
13. Auld Lang Syne
Review – I am SO excited for the holiday season and have to thank Rod Stewart for allowing it to come a little bit early for me this year! I usually don’t break out all the Christmas music until after Halloween, but when I saw that I had a chance to check out “Merry Christmas, Baby,” I was thrilled! He should have made a Christmas album a long time ago! This is going to sound terribly cheesy, but Rod has always had a special place in my heart since my husband of 10 years used to sing all of his love notes to me with HITYLTILY. (that would be Have I Told You Lately That I Love You) That became our “song” and I have adored his music ever since! “Merry Christmas, Baby” has several of my favorite holiday songs and others that have become favorites after hearing Rod’s sultry voice put a new twist on them. I LOVE the duet with Michael Bublé and the beautiful piano music in Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas. My kids really enjoyed the “Red-suited Super Man” and “When You Wish Upon a Star.” “Merry Christmas, Baby” was the perfect CD for our family to kick off the upcoming holiday season!
Rod will be live on HSN on Friday, October 26 at 8:00 p.m. EST. Prior to the HSN Live Concert event, a special pre-show will stream live on HSN’s Facebook page at 7:30 p.m. EST. Check out exclusive behind-the-scenes access as Rod prepares to take the stage! For more information click here!
Rod Stewart: Merry Christmas, Baby debuts on THIRTEEN’S “GREAT PERFORMANCES” this December on PBS! Visit Great Performances Online at PBS for additional information about this and other programs.
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