Oct 15Scotty McCreery is getting into the holiday spirit with a new project, Christmas with Scotty McCreery. The 11-song set pairs Christmas standards with selected originals as Scotty has fun showing off a few different sounds.
Between the fiddle and keys, Scotty rolls through the melodies of “Let It Snow” like a young Dean Martin, subtly emphasizing a comfortable swing. On “Winter Wonderland,” a slow piano intro sets the scene before Scotty warmly captures the nostalgia of holiday film classics like James Stewart’s It’s A Wonderful Life. “The Christmas Song,” where even with a soft voice and lines known the world over, Scotty ably grabs the listener’s attention, singing of tiny tots with their eyes all aglow, against a slow, jazzy backdrop.
Elvis’ “Santa Claus Is Back In Town,” demonstrates a great bluesy touch from Scotty that might be new to many fans.
Original songs on the project include “Christmas In Heaven,” which poignantly misses and remembers those no longer here, and “Christmas Comin’ Round Again,” which offers a powerful message of reconciliation during the holidays. Both of these feature a more traditionally country musical tie than some of the album’s other works. The stirring and cinematic, “Mary, Did You Know?,” which builds from banjo laced verses into a powerful chorus, embodies the essence of the project. This child that you delivered will soon deliver you, Scotty sings here, emphasizing the spirituality behind the holiday season.
Scotty’s voice sounds confident and strong, most easily heard on vocal workouts like “O Holy Night.” Building from the depths of his range, Scotty rises with strength into the words, O night, divine, against a vast, atmospheric musical canvas of strings and mandolin. It’s a beautiful interpretation, and next to the other selections, defines the strength of the project and why it works so well. Scotty’s personal touch and unique take on each song is vibrant and infectious, honoring the season with his own musical celebration.
Key Tracks – “Mary, Did You Know?,” “O Holy Night,” “Let It Snow,” “Santa Claus Is Back In Town”