With just five months until Christmas, Grammy-winning musician, producer and author, as well as founding member of hard rock bands Alter Bridge, Creed and Tremonti, Mark Tremonti is set to release his first-ever holiday album. “Christmas Classics New & Old” is Tremonti’s interpretation of nine holiday classics and one original song. After the success of his interpretation of songs Frank Sinatra made famous on his album “Tremonti Sings Sinatra,” Mark decided to partner up with the orchestra from that album to work on the holiday album. The album is scheduled for release worldwide on Oct. 27, 2023, and is available for pre-order here.
From the opening horns of “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year” to the slow fade of the Donny Hathaway classic “This Christmas,” Tremonti showcases the music that was the bedrock of his childhood holidays. His interpretations of songs like “Jingle Bells,” “The First Noel” and “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” find their place among the many great versions that preceded them. “O Holy Night” is one of Mark’s personal favorites and finds new life in the arrangement by producer Carey Deadman. Mark also took the time to create his own holiday composition called “Christmas Morning.” Piano twinkles as a marching band drum roll picks up the momentum. As if changing from black-and-white to technicolor, horns herald a warm picture on the track’s finale, “My lady and me will make sure our children believe in the glory of Christmas morning.”
Music from the album will be released in the coming months, and a teaser video can be seen here.
1) The Most Wonderful Time of the Year
2) Jingle Bells
3) The Christmas Song
4) Christmas Morning
5) The First Noel
6) Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town
7) Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
8) Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!
9) O Holy Night
10) This Christmas
On 2022’s “Tremonti Sings Sinatra” album, Mark paid homage to 14 Sinatra classics backed by surviving members of Ol Blue Eyes’ band in addition to a cadre of A-list session players. Donating 100 percent of the album’s proceeds to the National Down Syndrome Society as part of his Take A Chance For Charity Organization, NDSS notably honored Mark and his family at its Annual Gala & Auction in 2023. The album hit number 1 on the Billboard Top Jazz Albums Chart, and Tremonti played a handful of sold-out shows in support of the album.