Former American Idol contestant [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Katharine McPhee[/lastfm] has admitted to being one who was in “artistic hiding” and not able to secure a musical destination. “It took me a long time to figure out where I wanted to go and be as an artist,” she says. “I needed time to learn who I was as a musician.” However, in her new holiday release, McPhee brings her rich and full vocal range to a collection of holiday classics and Christmas songs. McPhee’s holiday project, Christmas Is The Time To Say I Love You, encompasses tremendous vocal maturity and strength. A delightful mixture of heartfelt ballads and jovial standards make the project full-bodied and festive.The title track of the CD, “Christmas Is The Time To Say I Love You,” is a song rarely sung; [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Billy Squier[/lastfm] gave it life back in 1981.McPhee covers such holiday classics as “O Holy Night” and “This Christmas.” Her rendition of “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” is one that gives McPhee depth, a touch of soul and captivating vocal style. It also helps that world-renowned musician and trumpet player [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Chris Botti[/lastfm] assists McPhee on the track. It rich with bliss, heart and intricate joyful detail, like a one-of-a-kind ornament passed down from generation to generation that now hangs from your Christmas tree.In the original composition, “It’s Not Christmas Without You,” McPhee offers a soft, heartfelt plea for companionship from that special someone.Take a listen to what [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Katharine McPhee[/lastfm] brings to the song!Displaying vocal stamina and strength, [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Katharine McPhee[/lastfm] offers a set of Christmas music that is sure to comfort, excite and rejuvenate the listener. This is a special time of year for many of us, and so we deserve a collection of holiday music that shares in our delight and joy. We find it in McPhee’s new holiday album.[lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Katharine McPhee[/lastfm]‘s Christmas Is The Time To Say I Love You is released by Verve Forecast.Track Listing:1. “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas”2. “Jingle Bells”3. “It’s Not Christmas Without You”4. “O Holy Night”5. “Silver Bells”6. “Christmas Is The Time”"7. “Medley: O Little Town of Bethlehem / Away In a Manger”8. “What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve”9. “White Christmas”10. “Who Would Imagine A King”11. “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas” (iTunes Bonus)
If you like what you hear check out [lastfm]Katharine McPhee[/lastfm]‘s holiday album Christmas Is The Time To Say I Love You available now at iTunes and Amazon.