September 18, 2006 13:00 ET

Oleta Adams Releases First Seasonal Set, "Christmas Time with Oleta" on KOCH Records

NEW YORK, NY -- (MARKET WIRE) -- September 18, 2006 --Five years after her last full-length project, Oleta Adams decks the seasonal halls with her first-ever holiday album, "Christmas Time with Oleta," replete with beloved classics and a handful of personal favorites. KOCH Records will release the album by the multiple Grammy-nominated contralto singer/songwriter, Stella Award nominee and Dove Award nominee on October 3rd, 2006.

The 10-song set was produced by Adams and was recorded in Adams' home studio -- the Booth & the Cave -- in Kansas City, where she has lived for most of her adult life. She arranged and plays the majority of the instruments, with husband John Cushon on percussion, along with a number of guest musicians, including Lonnie McFadden and Ronald McFadden, who added essential horn parts to two of the songs, and Greg Clark and Tammy Ward Clayton on backing vocals.

The collection contains such consummate holiday compositions as "Let It Snow," "Silent Night," "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" and "Winter Wonderland," all with Adams' passionate, soul-stamped signature. Lesser-known titles that hold special meaning to the artist are also given her personal stamp, including Amy Grant's co-written "Breath of Heaven," Adams' personal favorite on the album; Melissa Manchester's co-scribed "There's Still My Joy," a song Adams performed with the artist during her annual Colors of Christmas concert trek and which here, features a cello solo by Beth McCullom that Adams arranged; and the spiritual "Alleluia, Alleluia (Peace on Earth)," which focuses on the true meaning of the season.

"Christmas Time with Oleta," Adams' ninth album overall, personifies all that her many fans have come to expect, while representing a personal triumph for the artist. "I'm really thrilled with what we came up with. It feels magical to me," she says. "We had quite a celebration here."

The tracklisting:
1. Of The Father's Love Begotten/Hark the Herald  6.  Winter Wonderland
2. Alleluia, Alleluia (Peace On Earth)            7.  There's Still My Joy
3. Christmas Time Is Here                         8.  Let It Snow
4. I Wonder As I Wander (Appalachian Choir)       9.  Have Yourself a Merry
                                                      Little Christmas
5. Breath Of Heaven                              10.  Silent Night
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