With a newly created partnership with Sony BMG, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia (MSLO) is returning to music.

With a newly created partnership with Sony BMG, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia (MSLO) is returning to music. Plans are for the uber-homemaker's brand to market compilations for special occasions, beginning with a trio of Christmas collections to be released separately and in a deluxe box set Oct. 18 via Epic.

Stewart recently returned to the workforce after serving a five-month prison sentence and six months of house arrest for lying to authorities about a stock deal. She personally chose the music for the discs. Her company previously marketed a series of lifestyle, seasonal and children's compilations through Rhino.

The first disc, "Traditional Songs for the Holidays," comprises 18 seasonal favorites from the likes of Aretha Franklin ("Winter Wonderland"), Andy Williams ("It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year"), Mariah Carey ("Silent Night") and Willie Nelson ("Santa Claus Is Coming To Town"). "Jazz for the Holidays," meanwhile, runs the gamut from contemporary artists such as Chris Botti (""Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!") and Tuck & Patti's Tuck Andress ("Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer") to legends like Louis Prima ("Shake Hands With Santa Claus") and Louis Armstrong ("Winter Wonderland").

Along with such acclaimed orchestras as the Boston Pops ("Children's Prayer") and the New York Philharmonic ("Waltz of the Flowers"), the third disc, "Classical Favorites for the Holidays," includes contributions from Il Divo ("O Holy Night"), Charlotte Church ("Ave Maria") and Placido Domingo ("White Christmas"), among others.

Each disc includes a Martha Stewart Living holiday recipe. The box set, "Martha Stewart Living Music: The Holiday Collection," will expand the offering to an assortment of 30 recipe cards, decoration tips and craft ideas. All future releases in the series, a timetable for which has not been announced, are expected to include similar extras.

Here is the "Martha Stewart Living Music: The Holiday Collection" track list:

Traditional Songs for the Holidays:
"Silent Night," Mariah Carey
"Winter Wonderland," Aretha Franklin
"This Is Christmas," Luther Vandross
"Silver Bells," Martina McBride
"Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," James Taylor
"First Noel," Chris Botti
"What Are You Doing New Year's Eve?" Barry Manilow
"White Christmas," Frank Sinatra
"Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer," Gene Autry
"Feliz Navidad," Jose Feliciano
"Blue Christmas," Elvis Presley
"Baby, It's Cold Outside," Steve Tyrell & Jane Monheit
"Santa Claus Is Coming To Town," Willie Nelson
"The Christmas Song," Nat King Cole
"Little Drummer Boy/Peace On Earth," Bing Crosby & David Bowie
"Sleigh Ride," Johnny Mathis
"It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year," Andy Williams
"My Favorite Things," Tony Bennett

"Jazz for the Holidays":
"Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!," Chris Botti
"Santa Claus Is Coming To Town," Tony Bennett
"Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer," Tuck Andress
"Twas the Night Before Christmas," Wynton Marsalis
"Sugar Rum Cherry (Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy)," Duke Ellington & His Orchestra
"O Come All Ye Faithful," Terence Blanchard
"Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring," Grover Washington, Jr.
"I'll Be Home for Christmas," Steve Tyrell
"Snowfall," Tex Beneke & the Glenn Miller Orchestra
"Deck the Halls," Herbie Hancock & Chick Corea
"Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" Dexter Gordon Quartet
"O Christmas Tree," Russell Malone
"Winter Weather," Peggy Lee with Benny Goodman
"Shake Hands With Santa Claus," Louis Prima
"Santa Baby," Eartha Kitt
"Winter Wonderland," Louis Armstrong

"Classical Favorites for the Holidays":
"O Holy Night," Il Divo
"March" [from the Nutcracker], the Philadelphia Orchestra, Conducted by Eugene Ormandy
"Waltz of the Flowers" [from The Nutcracker], the New York Philharmonic, Conducted by Leonard Bernstein
"Christmas Time Is Here" [from "A Charlie Brown Christmas"], the Boston Pops Orchestra, Conducted by Keith Lockhart
"Sleigh Ride," the Boston Pops Orchestra, Conducted by John Williams
"Fantasia on I Saw Three Ships," Sir James Galway
"The Coventry Carol," Eileen Farrell
"Pastoral Symphony" [from "Messiah"], Sir Thomas Beecham & the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
"O Little Town Of Bethlehem," the Mormon Tabernacle Choir with the New York Philharmonic, Conducted by Leonard Bernstein
"O Tannenbaum," Rita Ford's Music Boxes
"Children's Prayer" [from "Hansel and Gretel"], the Boston Pops Orchestra, Conducted by Arthur Fiedler
"O Sanctissima," the Philadelphia Brass Ensemble
"The Sleigh Ride" [from German Dance, K. 605, No. 3], the New York Philharmonic, Conducted by Leonard Bernstein
"The Gift of Love," Placido Domingo
"Ding Dong! Merrily on High," the Choral Guild Of Atlanta, Conducted by Anthony Newman
"What Child Is This? (Greensleeves)," the London Promenade Orchestra Conducted by Eric Hammerstein
"Ave Maria," Charlotte Church
"White Christmas," Placido Domingo
"Silent Night," the Mormon Tabernacle Choir & the Philadelphia Brass Ensemble & Percussion

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