Christmas has come early for Kelleigh Bannen fans, who will be able to stuff their stockings with two new holiday favorites this season – “Deck The Halls” and “O Holy Night” – as you’ve never heard them before. Produced by Justin Glasco (The Lone Bellow), Bannen’s renditions bring a soulful, rootsy twist to the traditional Christmas classics. Both tracks are available everywhere today.
“I have always had a special obsession with Christmas music, in fact Bing Crosby’s ‘White Christmas’ was the first album I knew by heart,” says Bannen. “As an artist, I think when it comes to recording Christmas music, you either have to go really classic or you have to go in and do something really different. ‘O Holy Night,’ was really a happy accident. It’s usually a waltz, but we realized such a classic and recognizable melody could fit in just about any style, so we recorded it in 4/4, which gave me a lot more room to play with it vocally,” she adds.
“On ‘Deck The Halls,’ I just kind of stumbled onto this little alternate melody for the “fa la la” part. Both songs are a little bit of unexpected but still celebrate the spirit of the originals, which made recording them a lot of fun.”
Bannen will close out November by opening for Little Big Town at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium on the 27th, the final date of the band’s extended residency at the historic venue.
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