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Blake Shelton's Christmas Album Is Coming — And It Features Some Of Our Favorite Celebs
Whether it's his show "Barmageddon" or a Christmas album, Blake Shelton can always count on his celebrity friends to join him.
The country singer announced on Monday that he’s releasing a new deluxe edition of his 2012 holiday album, “Cheers, it’s Christmas.” The title has a drinking theme to it, which is appropriate since it’ll be on store shelves in time for both the holidays as well as the Dec. 5 premiere of his and Carson Daly’s new USA Network original gameshow "Barmaggedon."
The series sees Shelton enlisting his celebrity friends to toss back drinks and play wacky bar games. He's no stranger to inviting his friends into his creative endeavors, though, as he did it back in 2012 for “Cheers, It’s Christmas.”
While the new deluxe edition offers up three brand new holiday-themed songs — “Up On The House Top,” “Cheers For The Elves,” and “Holly Jolly Christmas” — fans can look forward to deluxe versions of previous holiday collaborations he did with other stars.
Shelton got back to his hometown roots with “Oklahoma Christmas,” featuring the legendary Reba McEntire. Meanwhile, joining him on the track “There’s A New Kid In Town,” is his friend, playful rival, and a former “The Voice” coach, Kelly Clarkson.
Michael Buble rewrote the lyrics to his 2005 song “Home” with a Christmas theme and reworked it as a duet, which he sings alongside Shelton. Shelton also performs with one of the first members of Team Blake from Season 1 of “The Voice,” Xenia, who came in second on his team and 5th overall.
However, perhaps the most special song on the album, besides the three new ones coming Nov. 11, 2022, is the track “Time For Me To Come Home,” sung by Shelton and his mother, Dorothy Shackleford.
She previously told Country Living that her son approached her to help him write the second verse of the song. Once it came time to record, he thought, why not invite her to sing it with him?
After appearing on the track, Dorothy was approached to write a novel inspired by both the song and her real-life holiday memories with her son.
Fast forward to 2018 — one year after Shelton re-released “Cheers, It’s Christmas” for the first time with three additional tracks (“Savior's Shadow,” “Two Step 'Round The Christmas Tree” and “Christmas Eve”) — Hallmark stepped in to make a movie about it. “Time For Me To Come Home For Christmas” premiered that year and tells the story of a famous singer (Josh Henderson) and a small-town girl (Megan Park) who get stranded in Chicago on their way home to Oklahoma. Although he’s very famous, she doesn’t recognize him and the duo hits it off as equals, sparking a romance against the backdrop of the holiday season.