Country music singer and songwriter Martina McBride is currently recording her upcoming as yet-untitled Christmas album. The yuletide offering will be released this fall. Working at the historic Capitol Studios out in Los Angeles with engineer Al Schmitt to ring in some magical sounds together, McBride can't wait to get into the jolly spirit and make the holidays come alive once again with a jazzy jingle.
"I'm cutting it in Los Angeles this week with a big band and orchestra," she said to Sounds Like Nashville during a recent interview. "I hired Patrick Williams to arrange it, who is legendary and has arranged for so many people, and he has that classic big band approach. When I made 1998's White Christmas, I wanted to make a classic sounding record. I can't do that same record again, of course, but this one is going to have several up-tempo things on it. It won't have as many hymns on it. It will be more things like 'Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town' and 'It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas.'"
The last time McBride released a festive project was in 1998. White Christmas was released by RCA Records in 1998. The album was reissued in 1999 with new artwork and two new tracks. It was re-released for the second time in October 2007 with newer artwork and four new tracks added. In 2013, it was reisused for a third time as The Classic Christmas Album. The re-release added her Elvis Presley duet, "Blue Christmas", which was originally released on his posthumous album Christmas Duets, while removing the track "Jingle Bells" and revising the track listing.
In the U.S. the album was certified Gold on November 9, 1999 and Platinum on November 10, 2003 by the RIAA. The album has sold 1,809,200 copies in the U.S. as of December 2016.