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Listen To Blake Shelton's Beloved Holiday Album Cheers, It's Christmas
The former Voice Coach's 2012 release and later deluxe editions is packed with merry bops and holiday cheer.
Country music and Christmastime are a match made in heaven, so it is a no-brainer that praised country crooner Blake Shelton is behind the stellar holiday album, Cheer's, It's Christmas.
Aside from earning legend status as a Coach of The Voice, Shelton's been slinging chart-toppers for decades. And, in 2012, Shelton joined the ranks of legendary country stars who've embraced all the reasons for the season with a holiday album.
The 10-time CMA winner left no room for disappointment for his Christmas album debut, even gifting fans with not one but two re-released deluxe editions to stuff his holiday track list with even more merry hits.
Learn more about Shelton's praised Christmas album, below.
Blake Shelton's Christmas Album Cheers, It's Christmas (and First Deluxe Edition)
If anyone understands the chokehold country music has over the holiday season, it's Shelton, who recorded 14 delightful versions of classic carols and high-energy hits for his seventh studio album. Aside from the welcomed blend of traditional and original singles, Cheers, It's Christmas boasts a star-studded lineup of musical collaborators.
Featured artists include fellow country icon Reba McEntire, Shelton's Season 3 Battle Advisor Michael Bublé, his Season 1 Artist Xenia, and his now-former red chair rival, Kelly Clarkson, who joined him for Alan Jackson's "There's a New Kid in Town."
Shelton's mother, Dorothy Shackleford, also makes a wholesome appearance on one of the album's tracks.
To celebrate the release, Shackleford, Clarkson, McEntire, former Voice Coach Christina Aguilera, and more joined him for Blake Shelton's Not-So-Family Christmas special in 2012.
In 2017, Shelton relased a deluxe edition with three additional tracks: "Savior's Shadow" from his 2016 album If I'm Honest; a cover of "Two Step ’Round the Christmas Tree"; and a cover (with some new lyrics) of his now-wife Gwen Stefani's "Christmas Eve" from her 2017 holiday album You Make It Feel Like Christmas.
Blake Shelton's Cheers, It's Christmas Super Deluxe Edition
Shelton gifted fans with a "Super Deluxe" re-release of Cheers, It's Christmas in 2022.
Packed with even more holiday cheer, Shelton's "super" holiday recording includes three new cheer-inducing songs: his cover of "Up on the House Top"; his cover of "Holly Jolly Christmas"; and his cover of Stefani's high-energy bop "Cheer for the Elves", which initially appeared on the deluxe release of Stefani's holiday album.
Blake Shelton's Original Christmas Songs
Shelton celebrated many holiday classics with each release of Cheers, It's Christmas, but he's also the creator of quite a few Christmas tunes himself — including three original tracks on Cheers, It's Christmas.
“During the holidays I always celebrate traditions and add new things, so cheers to some new music,” Shelton told American Songwriter following the super deluxe release of the album in 2022. “After all, what is Christmas without it? I just want to thank everyone for including my music in your festive playlists all these years. It really is ‘the most wonderful time of the year.’”
Blake Shelton's Christmas Song "Santa's Got a Choo Choo Train"
With his original "Santa's Got a Choo Choo Train," Shelton tells the tale of a stormy Christmas Eve when Santa is forced to use a train instead of his trusted sleigh to deliver presents. All aboard!
Blake Shelton and Mom Dorothy Shackleford's Christmas Song "Time for Me to Come Home"
Who better to hop on Shelton's holiday album than the woman responsible for making the Christmas magic happen for him when he was a kid? One of his holiday debut's most hailed originals was "Time for Me to Come Home," a track Shelton co-wrote and sang with his mother, Dorothy. While discussing his holiday album endeavors with From Apple Music With Love, Shelton revealed how he managed to get his mom in the recording studio.
“When I was making my Christmas album, I said, ‘Mom, let’s me and you write a song together, and you can sing it with me on my album. And there’s your Lucille Ball moment. You can finally have your moment to be famous.’”
Flash forward, and Shelton's hunch proved correct. Shelton and his mother's collaboration served as the inspiration for Hallmark Channel's holiday film, Time for Me to Come Home for Christmas. Premiering in 2018 and starring Josh Henderson and Megan Park, the film has since sparked a 2013 ebook penned by Shelton's mother and several sequels.
“We had no idea it was going to end up turning into a book deal for my mom,” Shelton explained. “Then, from the book, it became basically this series of movies. It’s amazing what they’re able to do over there, but it’s been a cool experience to have that with my mom.”
Blake Shelton and Touring Band Trypta-Phunk's "The Very Best Time of Year"
Shelton is keen to list off the many reasons why he loves Christmas, doing so on "The Very Best Time of Year" alongside Trypta-Phunk, which is Tracy Broussard, Rob Byus and Beau Tackette — the drummer, bassist, and guitarist, respectively, in Shelton's touring band. Shelton's jazzy original shines a light on all of the hallmarks of the holidays that make it such a delightful time of year, such as caroling, hanging up cards, and of course, cracking open a bottle of cheer with friends.
Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton's "You Make It Feel Like Christmas"
Shelton and Stefani co-wrote and performed the beloved track You Make It Feel Like Christmas, and their 2017 duet was a smash as the lead single from Stefani's holiday debut. The smitten couple also performed the hit during her 2017 NBC holiday special, Gwen Stefani's You Make It Feel Like Christmas, and at the 2022 Rockefeller Christmas Tree Lighting to get everyone rocking around the tree.