Joey McIntyre to Release "Come Home For Christmas" Album
Fri, 18 Nov 2011 12:05:58
New Kids on the Block member Joey McIntyre is spreading holiday cheer like a mother f---er!
"I've always known I would record a Christmas album," says multi-platinum singer, songwriter and performer Joey McIntyre of his soon-to-be released Come Home For Christmas full-length album, available Tuesday, Nov. 29 on iTunes. "These wonderful standards have a warm special place in my heart. I have enjoyed singing them on so many snowy walks through my childhood hometown of Boston and they have soothed my homesickness out in Hollywood during the holidays."
For the holiday standards that make up the self-released Come Home For Christmas, the NKOTB singer set out to record versions of some of his favorites that evoke holiday memories and yet still retain their traditional sound. Highlights include: a fun duet with actor-comedian Mario Cantone on "Baby, It's Cold Outside," the classic "Peace On Earth" on which he is joined by "one of my good friends and mentors," NKOTB's Jordan Knight, and a moving version of "Do You Hear What I Hear?" which features his sister Carol Gallagher, "with whom I sang my first-ever song on stage when I was six-years-old." JOEY produced and arranged the album with long time collaborator Rob Lewis, which was recorded in Los Angeles, Boston and New York.
To celebrate the release of "Come Home For Christmas", JOEY will head home to Boston for the Friday, November 25 Tree Lighting Ceremony at Macy's Boston Downtown Crossing where he'll perform two of the album's tracks. Immediately following the lighting and performance, JOEY will also do an in-store CD signing. The CD will also be available at that Macy's location during the holiday season at Macy's stores. Then on December 1, he'll again be in Boston for the official annual City of Boston Tree Lighting on Boston Common, which is televised throughout New England.
As part of the never-ending pop phenomenon that is NKOTB, JOEY became an icon, with over 80 million albums sold and countless sold out shows worldwide. However, on his solo material, he truly gets the chance to shine. In 1998, JOEY dropped his debut, Stay the Same. Elevated by the chart-topping title track, the record quickly exceeded platinum status. Joey followed it up with fan favorite Meet Joe Mac in 2001. He continued to tour the world incessantly. However, he found the time to release 8:09 in 2004 and a very personal collection of cover tunes, Talk to Me, in 2006. His fifth release, the Here We Go Again EP, was issued in 2009.
The Come Home For Christmas track listing is as follows:
"I'll Be Home For Christmas"
"O Come All Ye Faithful"
"Peace on Earth" featuring Jordan Knight
"Christmas Don't Be Late" (The Chipmunk song) featuring Griffin McIntyre
"Do You Hear What I Hear?" featuring Carol Gallagher
"Santa Claus is Comin' to Town"
"Baby It's Cold Outside" featuring Mario Cantone
"O Holy Night"
"Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas"
Which festive song are you most stoked about?