Sheryl Crow in Christmas spirit with holiday CD

Mon Jul 7, 2008 2:15am EDT
 
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By Gary Graff

LOS ANGELES (Billboard) - Christmas came early for Sheryl Crow this year, thanks to a holiday album that will go on sale in Hallmark Gold Crown stores in September.

Crow recorded the as-yet-untitled album for Hallmark's annual series with producer Bill Bottrell, who previously worked with her on her 1993 debut "Tuesday Night Music Club" and her self-titled follow-up. Previous artists in the Hallmark series include James Taylor, Barry Manilow and George Strait.

WHAT SENT YOU IN A CHRISTMAS DIRECTION?

I had been wanting to do this for a while, so when the opportunity came up I just kind of jumped at it. I love Christmas music; every year we have this ritual after the Christmas Eve service, 40 or 50 people come over to the house and we play Christmas music. We pretty much rely on the same Christmas music every year, and every year I've said, "I'm gonna make some Christmas music of my own." There's been lots of amazing Christmas records that have come out, but where Christmas music is concerned there's always room for everyone.

GIVEN YOUR FRIENDS AND ASSOCIATES, CHRISTMAS EVE AT SHERYL CROW'S SOUNDS PRETTY INTRIGUING. DOES SOMEONE GET TAKEN TO TASK IF HE OR SHE HITS A BAD NOTE?

No, no, no -- that's to be expected. That's what we call art, interpretation!

WHAT KIND OF APPROACH ARE YOU TAKING WITH THE RELEASE?

The album is just gorgeous. It's kind of a humble record; it's very sweet and innocent and a little bit of a throwback to maybe the '60s or '70s in production. It's definitely a departure from any Christmas record I've ever heard.   Continued...

 
<p>Singer Sheryl Crow performs during the 42nd Montreux Jazz Festival in Montreux July 5, 2008. REUTERS/Valentin Flauraud</p>