For “There’s a New Kid in Town,” a track on his brand-new Christmas album, Chris Young called on one of his musical heroes. The touching ballad features Alan Jackson, who trades verses with Young on the stately track about Christ’s birth. The song was co-written and originally released by the late Keith Whitley, who also recorded it as a duet on Jackson’s first Christmas album, in 1993.
Jackson is one of a handful of guests on Young’s first holiday set, It Must Be Christmas. The 31-year-old singer is also joined by Brad Paisley on “The First Noel” and Boyz II Men on “Silent Night.” Additionally, the collection features two Young co-penned originals, “Under the Weather” and the title track.
In keeping with the holiday theme of giving, Young has teamed with Toys For Tots. Concertgoers can bring a new, unwrapped toy or book to stops on his November 17th — December 10th I’m Comin’ Over tour, with the gifts being distributed to disadvantaged children in the area.
Young may get his Christmas present early: He is up for CMA Musical Event of the Year at the November 2nd CMA Awards for “Think Of You,” his chart-topping collaboration with Cassadee Pope.