It Must Be Christmas

It Must Be Christmas

by Chris YoungChris Young


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Arriving six albums into Chris Young's career -- and not long after "I'm Comin' Over" gave him one of his biggest hits ever -- It Must Be Christmas capitalizes on the singer's penchant for crooning. His best songs were often ballads, and while the album includes a fair number of slow fireside tunes, such a warm, easy touch benefits relaxed secular classics like "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas." Young maintains this cozy vibe throughout It Must Be Christmas, although there winds up being a slight disconnect on the original tunes "Under the Weather," "There's a New Kid in Town," and "It Must Be Christmas," all fine numbers that are produced so they can slide onto contemporary country playlists in 2016. They feel like radio tunes, they don't feel seasonal, so they wind up sticking out on a collection that is designed for snowy nights. They may not quite fit but that's hardly enough to mar a collection that does everything a modern mainstream holiday album should do: it plays upon memories of Christmas while appealing to the moment at hand.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/14/2016
Label: Rca
UPC: 0889853328628
catalogNumber: 533286
Rank: 49787


  1. The Christmas Song
  2. Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)
  3. Under the Weather
  4. There's a New Kid in Town
  5. Holly Jolly Christmas
  6. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
  7. The First Noel
  8. I'll Be Home for Christmas
  9. Silent Night
  10. It Must Be Christmas

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Chris Young   Primary Artist,Background Vocals
Boyz II Men   Vocals
Alan Jackson   Vocals
Derek Wells   Electric Guitar
Brad Paisley   Electric Guitar,Vocals
Tony Lucido   Bass
Miles McPherson   Percussion,Drums
Corey Crowder   Background Vocals
Dave Cohen   Synthesizer,Piano,Hammond B3
Kristen Rogers   Background Vocals
Carl Miner   Acoustic Guitar
Joshua Carter   Strings

Technical Credits

Mel Tormé   Composer
Ellie Greenwich   Composer
Buck Ram   Composer
Phil Spector   Composer
Keith Whitley   Composer
Jeff Barry   Composer
Don Cook   Composer
John Kelton   Engineer
Walter Kent   Composer
Johnny Marks   Composer
Hugh Martin   Composer
Curly Putman   Composer
Keith Stegall   Vocal Engineer
Kendall Marcy   Vocal Engineer,Guitar Engineer
Ralph Blane   Composer
Robert Wells   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Chris Young   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Johnny Bulford   Composer
Corey Crowder   Arranger,Composer,Programming,Producer
Will Doughty   Composer
Josh Hoge   Arranger,Composer
Naoki Kakuta   Vocal Engineer
Nick Autry   Engineer
Kim Cannon   Composer
Joshua Carter   String Arrangements

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