NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Multi-GRAMMY® nominated entertainer Jamie O'Neal spreads Spirit & Joy with the announcement of her debut Christmas album. The album celebrates the cheerful nature of the season, while also honoring the sentimental side of the holidays. Spirit & Joy will be available on Oct. 21 via JOG Inc. and BFD/AUDIUM Nashville with distribution through The Orchard.
Pre-order Spirit & Joy HERE.
As revealed by American Songwriter, Spirit & Joyis a 10-song collection of festive favorites and new material like "Christmas," the album opener, available everywhere today. American Songwriterexclusively premiered "Christmas," penned on the spot at the request of O'Neal by Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame member Jeffrey Steele.
"The delicate arrangement offers a refreshing take on a holiday tune, straying away from the trademark deck-the-halls gaudiness of most Christmas classics (American Songwriter)."
With cuts from Reba McEntire, Martina McBride, Idina Menzel and more, O'Neal co-wrote three originals for Spirit & Joy, "Christmas You," "Gulf of Mexico" and "You Were Christmas to Me." Spotlighting O'Neal's "jazz-infused country touch (Wide Open Country)," "Christmas You" was released last year along with "White Christmas,"which "turns the arrangement on its head (Taste of Country)."
Spirit & Joy was produced by O'Neal and her husband Rodney Good. The pair also recorded their first-ever collaboration, a duet of "Please Come Home for Christmas," for the project. O'Neal's father Jimmy Murphy, sister Melissa Murphy and daughter Aliyah Good also joined O'Neal on "Do You Hear What I Hear?" The album wraps up with a collaboration featuring fellow ACM Award winner Collin Raye on "Silver Bells."
O'Neal's latest album, Sometimes, celebrated the 20th anniversary of her debut album, Shiver. The critically-acclaimed project proved that O'Neal "hasn’t lost an iota of her powerhouse vocal talent (Rolling Stone Country)." Featuring collaborations with John Paul White, Lauren Alaina, Martina McBride, Sara Evans and O'Neal's daughter Aliyah Good, Sometimes received additional praise from People, Forbes, Parade, American Songwriter, The Boot, Wide Open Country, MusicRow and many more.
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SPIRIT & JOY TRACK LISTING
2. Christmas You
Jamie O'Neal, Corey Lee Barker
3. Please Come Home for Christmas Feat. Rodney Good
Charles Brown, Gene Redd
4. White Christmas
5. I'll Be Home for Christmas
Kim Gannon, Walter Kent
6. Gulf of Mexico
Jamie O'Neal, Rodney Good, Jimmy Murphy
7. Do You Hear What I Hear? Feat. Jimmy Murphy, Melissa Murphy and Aliyah Good
Noel Regne, Gloria Shayne
8. You Were Christmas to Me
Jamie O'Neal, Corey Lee Barker
10. Silver Bells Feat. Collin Raye
Jay Livingston, Ray Evans
SPIRIT & JOY TOUR DATES
Nov. 18 Cherokee Casino - Roland, Okla.
Nov. 19 Cherokee Casino - West Siloam Springs, Okla.
Dec. 4 Magnolia Fields - Baton Rouge, La.
Dec. 9 Private - Panama City Beach, Fla.
Dec. 10 Pella Opera House - Pella, Iowa
ABOUT JAMIE O'NEAL
Jamie O'Neal is a platinum-selling entertainer and hit songwriter that became a household name with her back-to-back No. 1 singles, "There Is No Arizona" and "When I Think About Angels." With multiple hits that followed such as "Shiver," "Trying To Find Atlantis" and "Somebody's Hero," O'Neal caught fire and earned numerous career accolades, including three GRAMMY® nominations, an Academy of Country Music™ Award for Top New Female Vocalist and a Billboard® Award for New Country Artist. While she has penned most of her own songs, O'Neal has also written hits for Reba McEntire, Martina McBride, LeAnn Rimes, CeCe Winans, Idina Menzel and others. Her voice can be heard internationally in major studio films, including “All by Myself” for “Bridget Jones's Diary.”
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