Okay, so, it's still blazing hot summertime--and chances are you're still putting your swimwear and sunscreen to good use. But Blake Shelton wants to remind you that it's never too early to think about Christmas!
The singer and Voice mentor just announced this week that his first holiday album will be released October 2. It's titled Cheers It's Christmas, and it includes some special "gifts" for fans that will doubtlessly be more surprising than yet another sweater or tie.
Most notably, Shelton introduces a very special duet partner on the new collection. Nope, it's not wife Miranda Lambert--it's the other woman in his life. Namely, his mom!
Shelton and his mother, Dorothy Shackleford, co-wrote and performed a track together for the album titled "Time For Me To Come Home." As the title suggests, it captures the feelings of a mom missing her son who's out on the road for long stretches of time--and for that matter, it sounds as if the theme could apply to any parent who looks forward to their children coming home for the holidays.
That's not all Shelton is "wrapping up" for the holiday disc. He also duets for the very first time on record with his good friend Reba McEntire, as well as includes a collaboration with fellow Voice advisor Michael Bublé.
As for the tracklisting, Shelton chose some traditional tunes that are personal favorites, in addition to the original material.
The album cover features Shelton posing in front of a festive fire...with snow scattered about. "Clearly someone left the door open," the singer joked on Twitter. Cheers to that, Blake.
Will you be picking up Blake's new record for yourself, or perhaps a holiday present? Be sure to let me know what you think!