At 97.9 Bear Radio, we love Rhonda Vincent. We play a more of her music at Christmas time as it sounds like real country at Christmas. Rhonda has been celebrating the season all year; writing new Christmas material, then combining the new originals with the classics. The result is something unique and it’s sure to set the perfect tone for this Holiday Season!
This six-time Grammy nominated artist is set to reveal Christmas Time, on October 30 via Upper Management Music. Among the tunes, you will find the “Twelve Days of Christmas,” like you’ve never heard before! Rhonda calls upon some of her most famous Country music friends to join her in the celebration; including Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson, Charlie Daniels, The Oak Ridge Boys and more (see track listing below).
“It was a dream of mine to create this celebrity version of the ‘Twelve Days of Christmas,'” said Vincent. She explains, “As I started sharing my vision with family and friends, my bandmate Mickey Harris, began sharing his ideas, relating the line to specific artists. When I told him I had invited Dolly, he suggested she sing the line ‘Eight Maids A Milking.’ It was then I set to work to match artists with specific lines, and taking on the task of contacting each artist. Dolly was the first to respond, and the first to record. From there, it became a chaotic coordination of schedules, and a victory celebration with the completion of each artist’s contribution. I appreciate every artist that joined me in making this incredible dream come true!”
The upbeat favorite, features vocal contributions from The Oak Ridge Boys, Willie Nelson, Charlie Daniels, Bill Anderson, Dolly Parton, Ronnie Milsap, Gene Watson, Lorrie Morgan, Pam Tillis, Jeannie Seely, Larry Gatlin, and EmiSunshine. Listen closely as each performer sings a line from the famous tune. Another highlight of the album is the “Christmas Medley,” which is the closing track of the album. For the first time ever, Vincent sings with only a piano, on a special arrangement of seven classics; including “We Three Kings,” “It Came Upon The Midnight Clear,” “The First Noel”, with ACM award-winner Michael Rojas.
In addition to the large lineup of celebrity guests, Christmas Time also features a who’s who of musicians. Along with members of The Rage, joining Vincent on the album is ACM “Fiddle Player of the Year” Stuart Duncan, ACM “Steel Guitar Player of the Year” Mike Johnson, ACM “Piano/Keyboards Player of the Year” Michael Rojas, mandolinist extraordinaire Sierra Hull, and many more, who all come together to bring the Christmas sound to a whole new level. Also assisting Vincent on vocals is the International Bluegrass Music Association’s reigning “Emerging Artist of the Year” recipients, Flatt Lonesome.
1. Dreaming of Christmas – Written by Rhonda Vincent
2. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
3. Twelve Days of Christmas (Featuring The Oak Ridge Boys, Willie Nelson, Charlie Daniels, Bill Anderson, Dolly Parton, Ronnie Milsap, Gene Watson, Larry Gatlin, Jeannie Seely, Lorrie Morgan, Pam Tillis, and EmiSunshine)
4. Angels We Have Heard On High
5. Milk & Cookies – Written by Rhonda Vincent
6. Christmas Time – Written by Rhonda Vincent
7. Christmas Time At Home – Written by Rhonda Vincent
8. Away In A Manger
9. Jingle Bells
10. Silent Night
11. O Little Town of Bethlehem
12. Christmas Medley (What Child Is This, We Three Kings, It Came Upon The Midnight Clear, O Come All Ye Faithful, The First Noel, O Holy Night, Hark The Herald Angles Sing)