With a nod to the classics, Dave Barnes’ first-ever holiday project, Very Merry Christmas, evokes the traditional soul of the Christmas season while adding splashes of his well-known signature contemporary flair and lively persona. At once familiar and cozy, Very Merry Christmas features four yuletide staples meshed with six originals penned by Barnes himself. Very Merry Christmas will be available both physically and digitally November 9th.
Very Merry Christmas showcases the quintessential Dave Barnes – classy, romantic, and hip with traces of his traditional Southern upbringing. The album’s highlight, “Christmas Tonight,” features Lady Antebellum’s Hillary Scott joining Barnes for a special Christmas duet. The additional original tunes include more guest appearances, such as Thad Cockrell on “Mary and Joseph” and Grammy-award winning singer-songwriters Shannon Sanders and Drew Ramsey who appear alongside Barnes with Scat Springs on “Very Merry Christmas.”
Barnes adds his own classic touch to the cover songs, including Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas Is You,” Bing Crosby’s classic “I’ll Be Home for Christmas,” and “The Christmas Song.” A special version of “O Come Emmanuel” will be available exclusively to those who purchase the album through iTunes.
“Many of the best pop songwriters come out of Nashville, and Dave Barnes is one such singer/scribe now building momentum,” Billboard Magazine said. After the April release of his second full length album for Razor and Tie, What We Want, What We Get, Barnes has steadily created awareness surrounding himself and his music. He also joined the world of soap operas in June, playing himself in a special two episode story arc on ABC’s hit All My Children. Barnes’ hit single, “God Gave Me You,” quickly became a radio favorite, peaking at #3 on Christian CHR and #9 on the Christian AC charts.
Dave Barnes has previously toured with notable acts including John Mayer, Taylor Swift, Lady Antebellum, Bonnie Raitt, and One Republic. He continues touring throughout 2010 in support of What We Want, What We Get (dates listed below) and the dates for his Christmas tour with Drew Holcomb will be announced shortly.
VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS Track Listing:
1. Very Merry Christmas *
2. Christmas Tonight * (with Hillary Scott of Lady Antebellum)
3. All I Want For Christmas Is You
4. Meet Me At the Mistletoe *
5. I’ll Be Home For Christmas
6. I Pray On Christmas *
7. Family Tree
8. Holiday Made For Two *
9. The Christmas Song
10. Mary and Joseph *
*Dave Barnes original
Dave Barnes Tour Dates
Sept 28 – Baton Rouge, LA – Varsity Theater
Oct 1 – Lexington, KY – Busters Billiards
Oct 2 – Baltimore, MD – Hippodrome Theater *
Oct 21 – Greenville, SC – Peace Center *
Oct 22 – Tupelo, MS – Bancorp South Arena
Oct 23 – Mountain Home, AR – Arkansas State University *
Oct 24 – Lincoln, NE – LIED Center *
Oct 25 – Denver, CO – Soiled Dove Underground
Nov 5 – Jackson, TN – GM Savage Chapel
Nov 20 – Athens, GA – Melting Point
*touring with MercyMe
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