Scotty McCreery will release his Christmas album, Christmas with Scotty McCreery, on October 16. The project includes songs that have played an important role in his life as well as two new originals he hopes will become part of his fans’ Christmas celebrations for years to come.
“Christmas has always been my favorite time of the year,” he said. “And what is Christmas without music? We start listening to Christmas songs early in the McCreery household, so it felt right. I’ve always wanted to record a Christmas album since I’ve had my music career. It’s a special thing for me. As a family, we were all really excited about making a Christmas album. Now we can add my CD to the collection we listen to.”
Scotty’s goal for his Christmas album was to create a body of work that allowed both him and his fans to feel good and celebrate their faith. “I just wanted it to be holly and jolly and really lift people’s spirits in the Christmas season because it’s supposed to be a really happy time,” he said. “But I also wanted to get across the real reason for the season. ‘Christmas in Heaven’ is my favorite song on the album and it really speaks to that.”
Choosing songs to record for the project was the most difficult part. There were many classic Christmas carols he wanted to include, but narrowing it down took some effort, especially when he started listening to original Christmas tunes.
“I knew of a few that I just had to do, like ‘Mary, Did You Know?’ and ‘The First Noel,’” he said. “Then we heard some originals that blew me away and it was a no-brainer to put them on the album. When I heard ‘Christmas in Heaven,’ I listened to the first verse and automatically said, ‘You can stop it. That is on the album.’
“The other new song is called ‘Christmas Comin’ Round Again,’” he continued. “That’s just a great story about Christmas time and really just lifting people’s spirits. Times may be tough, but during Christmas, it needs to be a happy time.”
Classic Christmas tunes on the album include “Winter Wonderland,” “Jingle Bells,” “Let It Snow,” “The Christmas Song” and “O Holy Night.” “With me being such a huge Elvis fan, I had to have one Elvis song, so I chose ‘Santa Claus Is Back in Town,’” Scotty said.
Scotty has been performing Christmas carols since elementary school. He played Joseph in a Christmas play where he sang “O Holy Night” in fifth grade. “For the last few years, I sang ‘Mary, Did You Know?’ in Christmas Eve services before the church service started with my friend Cody Wilson,” Scotty said. “He would play a little drum and I would play the guitar. Music is a very important part of Christmas time for me and everybody else.”