On the heels of their 25th Anniversary celebration with sold-out concerts in Europe, Australia and Latin America on their Middle Of Everywhere World Tour and Greatest Hits release, pop-rock trio HANSON announce the October 27th release of their new Christmas album FINALLY IT’S CHRISTMAS (3CG Records / S-Curve Records), followed by a limited number of special holiday concerts including one Canadian date in Toronto, New York, Chicago and Los Angeles.
The concerts will feature new music from Finally It’s Christmas, as well as selections from the band’s debut Christmas release Snowed In, which is celebrating it’s 20th anniversary this year. Tickets for the new show dates go on sale September 22nd, with fan club pre-sales beginning September 15th. FINALLY IT’S CHRISTMAS is available for pre-order now at all DSPs as well as via the official hanson.net store.
The new Christmas album, which features four original tracks and eight updated classics, reunites the band with S-Curve President Steve Greenberg who originally signed the band to Mercury Records in 1996, as well as co-producer and writing partner Mark Hudson (Aerosmith, Ozzy Osborne, Ringo Starr) who also collaborated on the band’s beloved Christmas release Snowed In. Adding to the production pedigree of the release are engineer and mixer CJ Eiriksson (Jacks Mannequin, U2, Phish, Matchbox 20), with the title and select tracks mixed by veteran chart-topper Tom Lord-Alge (U2, Rolling Stones, Billy Joel, The Wallflowers).
In contrast with the sentimentality of many Christmas releases, HANSON bring an organic rock ‘n’ roll energy to the album, featuring iconic favourites like Elvis Presley’s “Blue Christmas”, Stevie Wonder’s“Someday At Christmas” and Aretha Franklin’s “Winter Wonderland”, a re-imagined arrangement of Paul McCartney’s “Wonderful Christmas Time” and lively renditions of modern classics like Mariah Carey’s “All I Want For Christmas”. The album’s original songs, like the title track and “‘Til New Years Night” burst with celebratory energy, layered vocal arrangements calling to mind the Beach Boys and British invasion-era guitar riffs, while “Peace On Earth” highlights the band’s earnest lyrics and powerful melodies. The album is not entirely without sentimentality, closing out with an intimate rendition of “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas”, with guitarist Isaac singing lead on the Judy Garland classic. The album also features a soulful gospel medley of two well-known songs from the Christmas Hymnal, “Go Tell It On The Mountain” and “Joy To The World”.
Like HANSON‘s signature work on their studio albums, the band effortlessly fuses soulful melody with tight musical arrangements and a genuine reverence for their musical heritage, creating an endearing and impressive work fit for the intimacy of your living room, or the excitement of a large celebration with friends and family this Christmas.
HANSON is about to begin the North American leg of their epic Middle Of Everywhere 25th Anniversary World Tour, embarking tonight at Dallas, TX’s sold out House of Blues and then continuing through December. Nearly a complete sell out, the trek – which will feature performances of the group’s most widely known material alongside fan favourites encompassing their extensive catalog – will culminate with a series of holiday themed concerts in Toronto, New York City, Chicago, and Los Angeles. For complete ticket information and other news, please see hanson.net/tours-events.