The best time of the year is just around the corner, and Martina McBride is beyond ready for it. The country singer is putting out a brand new holiday album called It’s The Holiday Season. She is also going on her The Joy Of Christmas Tour, which has become a tradition the last couple of years.
In 1998, McBride released her first holiday album called White Christmas. One of the most famed albums of its kind in the United States. It’s The Holiday Season will become her first follow-up to the other Christmas album.
‘It’s been exactly 20 years since I released White Christmas. With that album I wanted to make it classic and something that would stand the test of time, which I feel like it has done. I wanted to accomplish the same thing with It’s The Holiday Season, but with a different feel,’ McBride said in a press release. ‘So I decided to make most of the album with a big-band swing vibe that takes you back to the Sinatra, Dean Martin, Ella Fitzgerald records. We recorded more of the pop Christmas numbers that lend themselves to that kind of feel rather than the focusing on the hymns like we did with White Christmas. I think they are great companion pieces and my hope is that they will both be enjoyed for years to come.’
The album is set for an Oct. 19 release via BMG.
In support of the album, she will head on The Joy of Christmas Tour. The 10-date trek kicks off in Biloxi, Mississippi, on Nov. 23 and wraps up Dec. 8 in Sugar Land, Texas. It includes stops in cities like Nashville, Atlanta, and Dallas. You can find
See her holiday tour dates below.
Nov. 23 – Beau Rivage Theater, Biloxi, Mississippi
Nov. 24 – Florida Theater, Jacksonville, Florida
Nov. 25 – Ovens Auditorium, Charlotte, North Carolina
Nov. 29 – Symphony Center, Nashville, Tennessee
Nov. 30 – Symphony Center, Nashville, Tennessee
Dec. 01 – Symphony Center, Nashville, Tennessee
Dec. 04 – Symphony Hall, Atlanta, Georgia
Dec. 06 – Arvest Bank Theater, Kansas City, Missouri
Dec. 07 – Majestic Theater, Dallas, Texas
Dec. 08 – Smart Financial Center, Sugar Land, Texas