Legendary Aussie guitarist Tommy Emmanuel (CGP) is set to release his first ever album of holiday music “All I Want For Christmas” (Favored Nations Entertainment). Emmanuel, honored as the CMA’s Global Artist this year, co-produced the album with veteran Nashville picker/arranger John Knowles, CGP.
The pair collaborated on new arrangements for nine Yuletide classics including I’ll Be Home For Christmas, The Christmas Song, and Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer. Emmanuel also wrote one original for the collection – “One Christmas Night” – and arranged a second new composition, The Magic Of Christmas Time, by Rick Price, who plays piano on the song.
“People have asked me about doing a Christmas album so many times over the last 20 years,” says Emmanuel. “When I had time to really get into this project, it just had a life of its own, and was so easy to make because we all loved the music so much. It’s exciting that there will be so many fans happy about it coming out.”
Most of the arrangements for All I Want For Christmas came together via Skype, while Emmanuel was on tour internationally, and Knowles – who also plays guitar on the album – was home in Nashville prepping.
Emmanuel employed several guitars for the sessions, relying heaving on a new David Taylor model that he says, “has a singing quality to it, a beautiful voice.” Everything was recorded at Beech Creek Studios in Franklin, TN with Kim Person, who has produced Emmanuel’s last five albums.
Album Track Listing
Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer
The Christmas Song
Mary’s Boy Child
Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
The Magic of Christmas Time
One Christmas Night
I’ll Be Home For Christmas
How Great Thou Art