Martina McBride Signs With BMG, Preps Christmas Album And Cookbook

Martina McBride has signed a new label deal with BMG, as she prepares for the release of her upcoming holiday album It’s The Holiday Season on Oct. 19.

Jon Loba, EVP BBR Music Group, “This is the coolest Christmas album I’ve ever heard but at the same time, it is an instant classic.”

McBride collaborated with the late Patrick “Pat” Williams to arrange a set of classic Christmas songs, with accompaniment from more than 40 world-class musicians at Capitol Studio in LA, and Blackbird Studio in Nashville. The album follows the release of her multi-Platinum holiday 1998 holiday album White Christmas. In support of the album, McBride will bring back her The Joy of Christmas Tour in November, this time with a complete, local orchestra. The run includes three nights at Nashville’s Schermerhorn Symphony Center on Nov. 29, 30 and Dec. 1.

“It’s been exactly 20 years since I released White Christmas,” says McBride. “With that album I wanted to make it classic and something that would stand the test of time, which I feel like it has done. I wanted to accomplish the same thing with It’s The Holiday Season, but with a different feel. So I decided to make most of the album with a big-band swing vibe that takes you back to the Sinatra, Dean Martin, Ella Fitzgerald records. We recorded more of the pop Christmas numbers that lend themselves to that kind of feel rather than focusing on the hymns like we did with White Christmas. I think they are great companion pieces and my hope is that they will both be enjoyed for years to come.”

Prior to the album release, McBride will release her all-season cookbook, Martina’s Kitchen Mix: My Recipe Playlist For Real LifeAvailable Oct. 30, the new collection includes nearly 300 pages of family recipes and new creations from her own kitchen.  This follows her 2014 release Around The Table.

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