2014 Holiday Album Releases

Hear the Holidays! Your favorite recording artists are unwrapping a sleigh full of new Holiday albums just in time for the season.

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EMPTY_CAPTION"Holiday Wishes" — Idina Menzel It's only fitting that "Frozen" star Idina Menzel would release her Christmas album in 2014, following the international success of her hit from the animated film, "Let It Go." For this new release (which doesn't contain the Disney hit) the Tony-winner lends her soaring vocals to such seasonal classics as "Silent Night," "When You Wish Upon a Star," "Do You Hear What I Hear?" and a duet with Michael Bublé on "Baby It's Cold Outside." (Warner Bros.)
EMPTY_CAPTION"Christmas at Downton Abbey" — Various artistsnNo, Mr. Carson (Jim Carter) does not bust out a rendition of "Jingle Bells," but he does recite "'Twas the Night Before Christmas" with an orchestral backing on this two-disc compilation featuring 45 holiday tracks. Aside from the spoken-word performance by Carter the only other "Downton" cast members participating are Julian Ovenden (Charles Blake) and Elizabeth McGovern (Countess of Grantham), both accomplished singers in their own right. (Warner Bros.)
EMPTY_CAPTION"Heart & Friends: Home for the Holidays" — HeartnThe new additions to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame lend their big sound to this live CD and DVD of lesser known Holiday fare including "Seasons," "Santa's Going South" "Stairway to Heaven" and "Please Come for Christmas." (Frontiers)
EMPTY_CAPTION"Home for the Holidays" — Darius RuckernThe singer we once knew as Hootie is taking his country music crossover to the Holidays. Along with two original recordings — "What God Wants for Christmas," "Candy Cane Christmas" — Rucker covers seasonal classics including "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," "Winter Wonderland," "You're a Mean Once Mr. Grinch," and duets with Sheryl Crowe on "Baby, It's Cold Outside." (Universal Nashville)
EMPTY_CAPTION"Christmas in New York" — Renee FlemingnMetropolitan Opera soprano Renee Fleming goes jazz for this collection of 13 holiday standards also featuring the talents of singers Rufus Wainwright ("In the Dark Midwinter"), Kelli O'Hara ("Silver Bells"), Gregory Porter ("Central Park Serenade," "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas") and trumpeter Wynton Marsalis ("Sleigh Ride," "Winter Wonderland"). (Decca)
EMPTY_CAPTION"Home for Christmas" — John Schneider & Tom Wopat On the first full recording since they screeched onto screens in a cloud of dust as "The Dukes of Hazard" 35 years ago, former co-stars John Schneider and Tom Wopat take the pop/jazz route and mostly leave the country in the past. The pair blend their accomplished voices on traditional seasonal fare including "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town" and "I'll Be Home for Christmas, as well as some lesser-known holiday songs such as the anti-commercialism "Blue Xmas," by Bob Dorough. (D13 Entertainment)
EMPTY_CAPTION"At Christmas" — Sara EvansnA sentimental collection of classics, including "O, Holy Night," "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," "Walking in a Winter Wonderland," and "O Come All Ye Fathful," is given a contemporary boost with the new titular song and a rendition of "Run Rudolph Run," made popular by Chuck Berry. (RCA Nashville)
EMPTY_CAPTION"Home for the Holidays" — Anthony Hamilton Grammy-winning R&B singer Anthony Hamilton brings soul to the season with versions of "Little Drummer Boy," "Away in a Manger" and "Please Come Home for Christmas." Hamilton also harmonizes with Chaka Khan on "The Christmas Song" and Gavin DeGraw on "Home for the Holidays." (RCA Records)
EMPTY_CAPTION"One Christmas" — LeAnn RimesnThe new reality-series star returns to her musical roots with this collection of Holiday standards that includes "Silent Night, Holy Night," "Carol of the Bells" and Elvis Presley hit "Blue Christmas." (Red)
EMPTY_CAPTION"Motown Christmas" — Various artistsnThe first holiday album from the Motown brand in more than 40 years serves up familiar classics including "Joy to the World," "Little Drummer Boy," "Silent Night" and "Angels We Have Heard on High" and features performances from Smokey Robinson, India.Arie, Anita Wilson and Ne-Yo. (Motown Records)
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