It’s become a tradition. Leading up to Christmas, country artists will release holiday albums to help fans find their seasonal spirit, and this year wasn’t any different.
Alongside Reba McEntire, both Alabama and “My Girl” singer Dylan Scott released 2017 Christmas collections. And with Christmas only being days away, there’s no time better to blast the wintery numbers than right now.
Whether you’re wrapping a plethora of presents, baking sweets for loved ones or sitting still in last-minute shopping traffic, the voices of McEntire, Alabama and Scott are here to help soothe the soul in the most festive of possible ways.
First up is McEntire with her October release of a 14-track album entitled My Kind of Christmas. It features a full lineup of holiday classics such as the opening number, “Winter Wonderland,” but what really defines this album is the major collaborations it includes. The first one approaches in Track 3 with accompanied vocals from Vince Gill and Amy Grant on “Mary, Did You Know?” Both unique and completely satisfying, the song gives promise for the collaborations to follow, which include “O Little Town of Bethlehem” with Darius Rucker and “Silent Night” with Kelly Clarkson and Trisha Yearwood.
Like McEntire, Alabama also released their Christmas collection, American Christmas, in early October. A standout on this album comes at No. 4 and is entitled “Why Can’t Christmas Day Last All Year Long.” This original Alabama song was co-written in Nashville by Alabama’s Teddy Gentry, Charles English and Bobby Terry, and it features a jazzy, classic-sounding tune that’s almost impossible not to fall in love with.
Holiday favorites on American Christmas include “Jingle Bells” and “Auld Lang Syne,” along with an acoustic version of Alabama’s ’80s hit “Christmas in Dixie.”
Unlike McEntire and Alabama, newcomer Scott only released a five-track EP, and it includes no original pieces, but somehow he makes each number his own. Merry Christmas compiles a list of back-to-back classics like “Jingle Bell Rock” and “White Christmas,” but Scott revamps each tune as if it were his own vocals belting the lyrics for the very first time.
The highlight on Merry Christmas lies within crowd-favorite “The Christmas Song.” Both elegant and slow-paced, Scott creates a cozy setting with his effortlessly smooth vocals that remind everyone that it is indeed Christmas time. He concludes the EP with the fun and upbeat track “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town,” which will likely make you feel just like the kid you once were, eagerly awaiting Christmas morning.
Regardless of where the holidays have led you, Christmas tunes are a must. And what better voices to sing along to than those of McEntire, Alabama and Scott? There’s not much time to spare, because Christmas morning will be here before you know it, whether you’re ready or not. So hurry and bust out those wintertime tunes.
Happy holidays and happy listening!