Tim McGraw has a holiday single making the rounds called “Christmas All Over The World,” and its available for free download through The Boot. “I’m very appreciative of the support my fans have given me over the years, and I wanted to say ‘thank you’ to them with this new holiday song,” says Tim. “I’m really excited to be recording again, and I’ll have new music to share early next year.” Starting in summer 2012, McGraw will join Kenny Chesney on the stadium-ready Brothers of the Sun Tour.
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Country legend Tanya Tucker has released “Merry Christmas Wherever You Are” to great reviews. “With so many troops deployed overseas and with the economy being such that people are having to relocate to find work, recording this track was a very personal and emotional experience,” says Tucker. “Also, when I recorded that vocal, I was thinking of all the parents who had missing children and all the children who no longer had a parent to share this very special time.” The song is available digitally now.
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Singer/songwriter Raul Malo is also getting into the Christmas spirit, with his updated and timely version of “I’ll Be Home For Christmas.” Inspired by presidential candidates’ criticizing the return of U.S. troops from overseas as “irresponsible,” Malo performs the song with newly found conviction. “We made this video because we just felt like we had to do something to let the troops know that, politics aside, the country is indebted to them for their service. “The embarrassments and the failures are the politicians,” says Malo. Hear the song and see the video here. In 2012, Malo plans to reunite with his old band The Mavericks for the Stagecoach Festival in April.
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BNA newcomers The Lunabelles (Olivia, Dominique, and Gabby Arciero) have released their take on the holiday classic “The Christmas Song.” The group also recently participated in the 59th Annual Nashville Christmas Parade with Sarah Darling and Vince Gill.
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Newly launched MD Records and its flagship artist Jason Thomas have released a recording of “Let It Snow,” available for download on iTunes. Profits from its sale will be directed to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Other holiday songs looking for spins:
Toby Keith & Sammy Hagar/Santa’s Going South/SDU
Big & Rich/Blue Christmas/WMN
Joe Nicols/Old Toy Trains/Show Dog-Universal
Uncle Kracker/My Hometown (Christmas Version)/Atlantic/BPG
Joey + Rory/Remember Me/Let It Snow/Vanguard/Sugar Hill
Lisa Matassa/The Chrismas Song/It Is What It Is Records/Nine North
Craig Campbell/I’ll Be Home For Christmas/Bigger Picture
Andy Gibson/The Christmas Song/R&J Records
Rachel Holder/Christmas Eve/Curb
Lucy Angel/Mr. Santa/GForce
Little Big Town/Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas/Capitol
Jessica Ridley feat. Chris Cline/The Spirit Of Christmas/Nine North/Turnpike
Jesse & Noah/I Want Texas For Christmas