James Taylor will on Nov. 1 release a new Christmas album that will be available exclusively through Hallmark stores. The project is Taylor's first since 2002's "October Road," his last album for Colu
James Taylor will on Nov. 1 release a new Christmas album that will be available exclusively through Hallmark stores. The project is Taylor's first since 2002's "October Road," his last album for Columbia Records.
The 11-track "James Taylor: A Christmas Album" was produced by Dave Grusin, who also plays piano on a number of songs. Highlights include a duet with Natalie Cole on "Baby, It's Cold Outside" and trumpeter Chris Botti's guest spot on opener "Winter Wonderland."
"These particular songs have lived in my head (I guess it's my head) lo these many years," Taylor writes in the liner notes. "I'm lucky and happy to have the chance to put them down."
Taylor's manager, Gary Borman, says the singer/songwriter is writing a new project. When the album is completed, Borman says, "we'll send up our periscope and see who's still alive and kicking and make our decision then about a label." He added that based on the current playing field, he would expect Taylor to remain on a major label.
As previously reported, Taylor is in the midst of the Vote for Change tour with the Dixie Chicks, and will play tonight (Oct. 8) in Clearwater, Fla.
Here is the track list for "A Christmas Album":
"Go Tell It on the Mountain"
"In the Bleak Midwinter"
"Baby, It's Cold Outside"
"Santa Claus Is Coming to Town"
"The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)"
"Deck the Halls"
"Some Children See Him"
"Who Comes This Night"
"Auld Lang Syne"