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Christmas Music Playlists with Martina Mcbride Songs
Christmas Is Going To Be All White With Martina Around
If its country ballads you're after then there is no probably no one better placed than Martina McBride meet your requirements. The multi-million selling artist got her break when Garth Brookes invited to open for him on a nationwide tour and she hasn't looked back since. She has two Christmas long playing contributions to her name with the first, 'White Christmas', appearing in 1998. The later recording 'The Classic Christmas Album' that appeared in 2013 did have some overlap with her debut Christmas album but also included several new tracks.
'White Christmas' had been preceded by a hugely successful 1997 festive single release which saw Martina cover the sacred carol 'O Holy Night'. Previous to that she had also sung on the 1992 soundtrack to 'The Muppet Christmas Carol'. Her 'When Love Is Gone' was written for the scenes where the character Belle finally came clean and admitted that Scrooge's love for money surpassed the feelings he had for her. It was typically heart-breaking but don’t let it ruin your holidays as McBride performs it tenderly. 'White Christmas' has been reissued on 3 different occasions with the artwork changing and new tracks added each time culminating in its renaming to 'A Classic Christmas Album' in 2013. The original version featured 10 tracks, a charming mix of covers that straddled the secular and religious divide. All the old faithful’s were present including 'Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas', 'Silent Night' and 'Silver Bells'. McBride's approach didn't revolutionise the way a Christmas album should sound, it merely pitched her golden voice in the context of some lovely arrangements to add just one more option to your list of preferred discs over the holidays. The album didn’t feel in the least bit like an album by a country artist which is saying something for someone who is right regarded as a country legend.
The 1999 re-release of 'White Christmas' appended 2 tracks to the original collection with '"Do You Hear What I Hear?' and 'O Come All Ye Faithful' seamlessly slotting into the mix. Both were carefully produced, lacking the histrionics that sometimes mar contemporary renditions of these classics. The 2007 edit brought forth even more gifts in the shape of 4 extra tracks with 'Hark! The Herald Angels Sing' and 'Jingle Bells' amongst the precious new entries. ‘'Hark! The Herald Angels Sing' was particularly welcoming with harp asides and McBride’s singing as affecting as a candlelit household.
A final iteration of 'White Christmas' saw it renamed to ' A Classic Christmas Album' in 2013 with her 'Jingle Bells' getting snipped in favour of her version of 'Blue Christmas'. The latter had been recorded in 2008 when Martina joined a group of contemporary female country singers for a novel project called 'Christmas Duets'. Each singer recorded a duet of a famous Christmas song with Elvis Presley and given that he had died 30 years previously this only made possible thanks to studio wizardry. The fact that it worked so well is a lot down to the artists involved with Martina's 'Blue Christmas' one of the pick of the bunch. ‘Blue Christmas’ would later appear on Martina's 2013 release 'A Classic Christmas Album'. What's funny about Martina's Elvis release is that two years previously in 2006 she had recorded a duet for 'Baby, It's Cold Outside' with a posthumous Dean Martin and included on his 'Christmas With Dino' collection. To add a little bit more authenticity McBride returned to the same studios in Hollywood where Dino's original was recorded. The duet was also included on the 2007 edition of Martina's 'White Christmas' LP.
Martina has been active over the years in the Christmas tour front with her 'Joy of Christmas' tours which take in a broad sweep of US cities during December. To date she has embarked on this festive tour in 2002, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2012, 2013 and 2014. The tour shows have evolved over the years with the later ones now incorporating lots of Christmas plays involving Santa and other Christmas characters play by actors (both young and old) while Martina sings her songs. In 2011 Martina recorded a version of the country classic 'Please Come Home for Christmas' (check out the Eagles version too) for 'A Very Special Christmas 25th Anniversary' compilation. This ongoing series of collections are highly regarded amongst Christmas music aficionados with all proceeds going to the Special Olympics.Author: Kevin