It must be Xmas for Young
Thursday, September 8, 2016
– Chris Young will get in the holiday spirit a bit earlier this year. Young is releasing his first Christmas disc, "It Must Be Christmas," on Oct. 14.
"This is something I've wanted to do for a really long time," said Young. "Christmas is one of my favorite times of year, and it was hard to narrow down the list of songs for this record. I'm excited to share my own versions of many of the standards I sang as a kid every year at Christmas, plus I had the opportunity to write a couple of original songs to celebrate the season."
There was no word on what songs will be on the release.
This will be Young's sixth album. Young and Corey Crowder, who first teamed up to produce Young's Gold certified album "I'm Comin' Over," also joined forces to produce "It Must Be Christmas."
Later this month Young will embark on the second leg of his headlining "I'm Comin' Over Tour." Opening shows in September and October are Dan + Shay, with Dustin Lynch coming on board in November and December. Fellow CMA Musical Event of the Year nominee and "Think Of You" duet partner Cassadee Pope will return for all dates after providing direct support during the first leg of the tour.
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