Wednesday, August 6, 2008
Elvis Recording Christmas Duets With Some Of Country Music's Biggest Female Stars
Some of Country's queens are getting the chance to sing with the King on an upcoming album of Christmas tracks.
Elvis Presley Christmas Duets pairs the voice of Elvis Presley with the likes of Carrie Underwood and LeAnn Rimes – both of whom were born after the musical legend had died. Martina McBride, Sara Evans, and Wynonna Judd also lend their voices to the tunes. Carrie’s 'duets' with Elvis on "I'll be Home for Christmas," while LeAnn takes on "Here Comes Santa Claus" and Martina sings with Elvis on the Presley favorite "Blue Christmas."
Additional tracks include: "Silent Night" with Sara; "Santa Claus is Back In Town" with Wynonna; "Merry Christmas Baby" with Gretchen Wilson; "Silver Bells" with Anne Murray; "White Christmas" with Amy Grant; and "O Little Town" with Karen Fairchild and Kimberly Schlapman of Little Big Town.
The songs are being recorded in Nashville's RCA Studio B–the same studio where Elvis recorded his original 1971 Christmas sessions. "We are so pleased that these accomplished artists are collaborating with Elvis in this unique way to make exciting new versions of his Christmas songs," Priscilla Presley said in a press release. "I am sure Elvis would be proud to have worked with them."
Tracks from the album will be previewed August 14 during the 2008 Elvis Week in Memphis.