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Richard Marx to release first Christmas CD
U.S. recording artist Richard Marx is to release his first holiday album, “Christmas Spirit,” this month, his record label announced.
The Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter has sold more than 30 million albums and scored 13 chart-topping singles throughout his three-decade-long career.
His latest effort is slated for physical and digital release Oct. 22 on TourDForce through UMG’s INgrooves Fontana label.
The project was inspired by the Christmas songs Marx has recorded during the last five years with his three sons — Brandon, Lucas and Jesse — at the request of his wife, Cynthia, which served as viral holiday greeting cards to family and friends, his record label said in a news release Tuesday.
The CD was recorded over two days at Nashville’s Blackbird and Ocean Way Studios with a full symphony orchestra.
“I love Christmas, and we’ve always made a big deal of it in our family,” Marx said in a statement. “I love what it represents. It’s a special time of the year for us.”
The CD includes Marx’s renditions of “What Child Is This,” “Oh Come All Ye Faithful,” “The Christmas Song,” “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day,” “O Holy Night,” “White Christmas” and “Alleluia.”
Marx will embark on a 16-city concert tour in November. He will perform Christmas songs, along with his other hits at the shows.
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