Husband and wife folk-pop duo, Jenny & Tyler, will release a new holiday album, Christmas Stories, Nov. 4, with pre-sale orders beginning Oct. 21. Produced by Ben Shive (Rend Collective, Brandon Heath, Andrew Peterson), the project features eight Christmas classics and one original song written by Jenny, Tyler, and Trent Monk, "Christmastime," which is the single going for adds at Christian radio on Nov. 24. Christmas Stories marks the first time the duo worked with Shive, and the end result is a jazz sound with a nostalgic feel that is reminiscent of Bing Crosby, Simon and Garfunkel, and The Swell Season. The record is being released by Centricity's new independent label, Residence Music, and will be distributed by Caroline/Capitol Music Group.
"Christmas Stories is our attempt to rekindle the wonder of Christmas," explains Jenny. "It's how we felt when we were kids waiting impatiently for Santa, reliving the Christmas story, and listening to our parents' holiday albums."
Adds Tyler, 'The older you get, the more difficult it seems to be truly amazed by something. We recorded this album to give ourselves a reason to pause and reflect, to get back to that childlike wonder."
"On Christmas Stories, I think Jenny & Tyler really capture the nostalgia and memory that we all have of the holiday season," continues Andrew Lambeth, Director Artist Development, Residence Music. "Whether it's the classic Bing Crosby holiday feel of 'Christmastime' or the old British hymn 'Maker of the Sun and Moon,' Jenny & Tyler have made an album that will be great for the family, young and old."
Christmas Stories offers the listener the warmth of past Christmas's and can be enjoyed while decorating your tree, looking at Christmas lights or drinking a hot cup of cocoa with family and friends. Such traditional favorites as "I'll Be Home For Christmas," "Handel's Messiah," and "White Christmas," deliver the familiarity of well-loved songs, while the performances of Jenny & Tyler add their own unique contributions. With "Oh Holy Night," Jenny imagined singing the classic as a lullaby for her two young daughters, while Tyler delivered an uplifting, joyful version of "Winter Wonderland." The couple's fans also played a part in the song selection by suggesting "The Maker of the Sun and Moon."
Christmas Stories track listing:
2. I'll Be Home For Christmas
3. Winter Wonderland
4. The Maker of the Sun and Moon
5. Oh Holy Night
6. In The Bleak Midwinter
7. Handel's Messiah
8. White Christmas
9. Gloria Immanuel