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She won America's hearts and delighted our ears with her heavenly
voice. Now American IdolSeason 4 winner, Carrie Underwood, has
released her debut album Some Hearts. The much-anticipated album
features 14 tracks including the uplifting hit "Some Hearts" and
her new single "Jesus, Take the Wheel," as well as the bonus track
"Inside Your Heaven."
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When it came time to put together her debut holiday album,
multi-platinum artist Jo Dee Messina knew exactly who she wanted
sitting beside her at the control board: famed producer Brent
Maher. Messina has long considered the man responsible for holiday
albums by Kenny Rogers, The Judds and Kathy Mattea (for which he
won a Grammy) to be the "Father Christmas" of record producers..
The end result is the co-produced A Joyful Noise. Messina put a
great deal of thought into her first holiday collection knowing
that above all else, she wanted the end result to be her personal
holiday sentiments, delivered simply and honestly. Her hope was
that the listener felt she was in their own home, singing directly
to them. Listeners will be pleasantly surprised to find traces of
her personality -- like Messina laughing during "Let It Snow" --
left on the tracks.And when it came time to enlist the help of a
few of her favorite singers Messina knew she wanted Vince Gill and
Kenny Rogers as her guests. The decision to use Rogers on "What
Child Is This" was an easy one, "Kenny has always been Mr.
Christmas to me," she commented. "We've had a mutual respect for
each other for some time and have talked about doing something
together. I've been a fan of his holiday tour since seeing it in
New York a few years back," Messina continued.While she admits to
adoring Vince Gill both as a singer and as a person, Messina didn't
simply assume he'd agree to be a part of her album. "I was nervous
about having Brent ask him," she acknowledges. Since adding his
vocals to "Silver Bells," Messina simply says, "I'm honored that he
is a part of my first holiday album."The New England native leaned
towards the classics on A Joyful Noise,songs that were a part of
her childhood holiday celebrations. In addition to "What Child Is
This" and "Silver Bells," listeners will be treated to: "O Holy
Night," "I'll Be Home For Christmas," "Winter Wonderland," "The
Christmas Song," "Sleigh Ride," "Let It Snow," "Have Yourself A
Merry Little Christmas," and "Silent Night."Two original tracks are
also included: "Keep The Faith," written by Messina, Mike Reid and
Maher and "A Joyful Noise," written by Tia Sillers and Mark Selby.
Delbert McClinton's Nothing Personal, is a brand-new batch of songs
from one of the best songwriters (and harmonica players) around.
Featuring more of his trademark Texas-style
blues/soul/country/rock, it boasts vocal support from Iris
DeMentand Bekka Bramlett(daughter of Delaney and Bonnie) as well as
the impeccable production credits of Gary Nicholson.