Kenny Rogers Announces New Christmas Album
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (August 25, 2015) – GRAMMY® Award-winning Country Music Hall of Fame member and one of the best-selling music artists of all time, Kenny Rogers, will release his first new Christmas album in seventeen years on September 25th via Warner Bros./Warner Music Nashville. Titled Once Again It’s Christmas, the festive set is Rogers’ first Christmas release since Christmas From The Heart (1998), and his sixth Christmas release overall.
The eleven-song album features several special guest stars. Jennifer Nettles joins Rogers on “Here It Is Christmas/Baby, It’s Cold Outside”; Alison Krauss is featured on “Some Children See Him”; Home Free collaborates with Rogers on “Children, Go Where I Send Thee”; Jim Brickman guests on “That Silent Night”; and Winfield’s Locket sings with Rogers on “There’s A New Kid In Town.” Rogers also co-wrote a powerful song called “The Light” with long-time bandmate Steve Glassmeyer and former bandmate, Warren Hartman. The song concludes the album. The new project was produced by Kyle Lehning and Hartman, who were joined by Darren Rust as co-producer for the song, “Children, Go Where I Send Thee.” Steve Sundholm and Jim Brickman produced “That Silent Night.”
The Once Again It’s Christmas album cover art, unveiled here for the first time, is a photo taken by Rogers that he entitled “Red Tree.” He captured the wintry scene while shooting in Yakima, Washington, in December 2003. Rogers received an Honorary Masters of Photography Degree from Professional Photographers of America (PPA) in 2014 for his contributions to the world of photography.
“I can’t tell you how much fun it’s been doing another Christmas album—it’s my favorite time of year. Recording a project like this means I was able to re-live some old memories singing some of the songs I was raised listening to and grew to love as a child. The process also allowed me to make many new memories working with some very talented people. I’m excited about all of the special guests who joined me for this, and hope you enjoy it, too,” Rogers said.
Track Listing For Once Again It’s Christmas
1. Once Again It’s Christmas
2. There’s A New Kid In Town feat. Winfield’s Locket
3. Here It Is Christmas/Baby, It’s Cold Outsidefeat. Jennifer Nettles
4. Little Drummer Boy
5. Back To Bethlehem
6. Winter Wonderland
7. Some Children See Him feat. Alison Krauss
8. I’ll Be Home For Christmas
9. Children, Go Where I Send Thee feat. Home Free
10. That Silent Night feat. Jim Brickman
11. The Light
Once Again It’s Christmas will be Rogers’ third full studio release of all new recordings since 2011. In 2014, Rogers received his latest GRAMMY® Award nomination with Dolly Parton for “You Can’t Make Old Friends,” and in 2014 and 2015, Rogers’ career was showcased in a year-long exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. In 2013, Rogers was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame and received the Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award at the 47th Annual CMA Awards.
Rogers has sold more than 120 million albums worldwide. He has charted a record within each of the last seven decades. The first country artist to consistently sell out arenas, Rogers quickly became a pop superstar as well — his 28 Billboard Adult Contemporary Top 10's rank him fourth-best of all time among men, trailing only Elton John, Neil Diamond, and Elvis Presley. Rogers has recorded 24 No. 1 hits, 11 No. 1 albums, 25 Top 10 country albums and is the RIAA’s eighth best-selling male solo artist of all time. He has received three GRAMMY® Awards, 11 People's Choice Awards, 19 American Music Awards, eight Academy of Country Music (ACM) Awards and six Country Music Association (CMA) Awards.