Johnny Mathis is known the world over as The Voice of Romance, but the legendary vocalist deserves another title, as well: The Voice of Christmas. Mathis' very first holiday album, 1958's Merry Christmas, sold over five million copies and remains one of the biggest-selling Christmas albums of all time. Now, Mathis is back with his first album since 2017 and his first yuletide set in a decade.
Christmas Time Is Here arrives on October 13 in CD and digital formats from Legacy Recordings and on vinyl from Real Gone Music and Second Disc Records. This instant-classic album boasts ten newly-recorded tracks including those which premiered last year on the digital-only EP A Merry Little Christmas. It's Mathis' seventh full Christmas LP (not counting 1999's Listen! It's Christmas for Hallmark stores, on which he contributed six new recordings).
This exquisite album celebrates the season as only Johnny can, with elegant, beautiful (and, yes, romantic) renditions of some of the greatest Christmas carols and classics of all time. Sessions for Christmas Time Is Here took place at Hollywood's renowned Capitol Recording Studio, becoming the final album recorded at the Capitol Tower before the facility closed for a two-year renovation happening now.
Produced by longtime Mathis collaborators Jay Landers (Barbra Streisand, Bette Midler) and Fred Mollin (Jimmy Webb, Linda Ronstadt), Christmas Time Is Here finds the singer revisiting many of his favorite seasonal songs and adding two-the bluesy "Merry Christmas, Baby" and heartfelt "Auld Lang Syne"-to his already-considerable repertoire. He's joined by Broadway and Hollywood star Kristin Chenoweth for a rollicking "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town" and brings warmth and intimacy to his chart-topping "When a Child Is Born" and a burnished "White Christmas." Poignant and joyful, Christmas Time Is Here radiates with charm, sincerity, and humanity as Johnny intimately reimagines the touching "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," the longing "Blue Christmas," and the favorite Charlie Brown Christmas tune that lends the album its title, "Christmas Time Is Here." He offers a message straight from the heart with "May the Good Lord Bless You and Keep You."
Johnny Mathis has long defined the sound of the season, and Christmas Time Is Here promises to become a cherished part of your family's own Christmas music tradition. You'll find it in stores and at the links below on October 13 on vinyl LP from Real Gone Music and Second Disc Records (including a "Christmas tree green" pressing available everywhere and a "Holly Red" pressing exclusively at Barnes & Noble) and on CD from Legacy Recordings.
Johnny Mathis, Christmas Time Is Here (Legacy (CD) / Real Gone Music/Second Disc Records (LP), 2023)
- Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
- Santa Claus Is Coming to Town (Duet with Kristin Chenoweth)
- Christmas Time Is Here
- Merry Christmas, Baby
- White Christmas
- When a Child Is Born
- Blue Christmas
- May the Good Lord Bless and Keep You
- O Little Town of Bethlehem
- Auld Lang Syne