SOURCE: Universal Music Enterprises

Universal Music Enterprises

October 08, 2012 09:00 ET

Five-Time Grammy®-Award Winner James Taylor Brings in the Holidays With 'James Taylor at Christmas' Featuring One Brand New Track

SANTA MONICA, CA--(Marketwire - Oct 8, 2012) - Just in time for the holiday season, five-time Grammy®-Award winner and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee James Taylor is set to re-release James Taylor At Christmas on October 30, 2012, through Universal Music Enterprises (UMe). Filled with timeless holiday classics, James Taylor At Christmas also includes a new recording only available on this collection.

Get into the holiday spirit with James Taylor at Christmas, a collection of 14 holiday favorites recorded by Taylor throughout the years, including his brand new track "Mon Beau Sapin," a French rendition of "O Christmas Tree," which is only available on this collection. James Taylor at Christmas also features his jazzy renditions of "Winter Wonderland" and "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town," Taylor's unique take on "Jingle Bells," a heartwarming rendition of "The Christmas Song" (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire), and a moving version of George Harrison's "Here Comes the Sun," which Taylor recorded with cellist Yo-Yo Ma. Other tracks include his playful duet with Natalie Cole ("Baby, It's Cold Outside"), a cover of Joni Mitchell's "River," his take on the spiritual "Go Tell It On the Mountain," and to cap off the year, the New Year's classic "Auld Lang Syne."

In the last two years, James Taylor has been recognized for both his creative virtuosity and his exceptional achievements. Earlier this year, he was awarded the distinguished Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters by the French government, and in 2011 he was awarded the National Medal of Arts by President Barack Obama in a ceremony at the White House. Both medals are each nation's highest honors for artistic excellence recognizing "outstanding achievements and support of the arts." In 2011, Taylor was also honored with a Carnegie Hall Perspectives series, which consisted of four concert evenings presented by Carnegie Hall and featuring Taylor and personally selected musical guests. The first of these concerts was a gala benefit celebrating the 120th anniversary of Carnegie Hall. 

As a recording artist, singer-songwriter James Taylor has set a precedent to which countless young musicians aspire. His warm baritone is among the most recognized voices in popular music, his distinctive style of guitar playing has been enormously influential, and his songwriting is part of the fabric of American music. His continuing success and popularity is demonstrated by his sold-out concerts year after year and selling more than 50 million albums worldwide throughout his career.

TRACKLISTING:
1. Winter Wonderland (Featuring Chris Botti)
2. Go Tell It On The Mountain
3. Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
4. Jingle Bells
5. Baby, It's Cold Outside (Featuring Natalie Cole)
6. River
7. Here Comes The Sun 
 (Featuring Yo-Yo Ma)
8. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
9. Some Children See Him
10. Mon Beau Sapin
11. The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire)
 (Featuring Toots Thielmans)
12. Who Comes This Night
13. In The Bleak Midwinter
14. Auld Lang Syne