Cher’s first new studio album in five years, Christmas, is available now on Warner Records. The project includes 13 songs, several holiday classics and four originals. It also features a star-studded list of her musical besties including Darlene Love, Stevie Wonder, Michael Bublé, Cyndi Lauper and Tyga.
The album includes a song written by Nashville music industry executive, Bryan Frasher, his wife Traci Frasher and son Maxwell Frasher.
Frasher shares, “One morning at Christmas time a few years ago, when Max was a little boy, we were hanging in the kitchen and goofing around as Traci made breakfast. I was playing my guitar and said, ‘Hey, just for fun, let’s write a family Christmas song.’ Max and Traci jumped in and about 30 minutes later we had a little song called ‘I Like Christmas.'”
The song highlights all of the wonderful nostalgic things everyone loves about Christmas, from “loud tacky lights” to “singing at the top of our lungs.” At the end of the song’s recording, Cher offers her signature laugh saying, “I love this! Come on!”
Recorded primarily in L.A. and London, Christmas was produced by longtime collaborator Mark Taylor (“Believe”). Songs include beloved superstar duet classics “What Christmas Means To Me” with Wonder and “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)” with Love. Love first recorded the song in 1963 with Phil Spector while a 17-year-old Cher sang background vocals.
“DJ Play A Christmas Song,” the first single, was written by Sarah Hudson (Dua Lipa, Katy Perry, Troye Sivan) and her team who contributed four new songs for the album. The project also includes a haunting version of “Home” written and sung with Bublé.
One of the many highlights for Cher is a duet by her and Wonder of his “What Christmas Means to Me.” Cher says, “Every time I hear that harmonica, I’m a teenager again. It’s a personal dream come true for me to record this song with Stevie.”
Two other standouts include an unexpected pairing with Tyga on another Hudson song called “Drop Top Sleigh Ride,” produced by Alexander Edwards, Mike Crook and Ryan OG, and the magnificent “Angels in the Snow” plus “Put A Little Holiday In Your Heart” with Lauper.
“I never say this about my own records but I’m really proud of this one. It is one of the most amazing highlights of my career,” says Cher.
Cher is also celebrating the 25th anniversary of her multi-Platinum, Grammy-winning Believe with the release of Believe 25th Anniversary (Deluxe Edition) on Warner Records.
You can listen to Cher’s Christmas album here.
Cher’s Christmas Track List:
1. DJ Play A Christmas Song
2. What Christmas Means To Me (with Stevie Wonder)
3. Run Run Rudolph
4. Christmas (Baby, Please Come Home) [with Darlene Love]
5. Angels In The Snow
6. Home (with Michael Bublé)
7. Drop Top Sleigh Ride (with Tyga)
8. Please Come Home For Christmas
9. I Like Christmas
10. Christmas Ain’t Christmas Without You
11. Santa Baby
12. Put A Little Holiday In Your Heart (with Cyndi Lauper)
13. This Will Be Our Year
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