While Lee Ann Womack and family were celebrating Thanksgiving, the Grammy winner was also getting ready to deliver an early Christmas gift to fans with the surprise release of an acoustic version of a longtime holiday favorite. Womack applies her angelic country voice to a cover of the Yuletide spiritual “Oh Come All Ye Faithful” – tweaking the traditional spelling of the song as well. (Listen to the song below.)
A hymn of unknown origin, the oft-recorded tune is also known by its Latin title, “Adeste Fideles,” a version of which was a popular recording for holiday-music stalwart Bing Crosby. The song also inspired a much more unusual hit as Twisted Sister’s Dee Snider told TimeOut Chicago that he “stole the chord progression” for the group’s head-banging “We’re Not Gonna Take It.”
Womack released The Season for Romance, an entire LP of holiday tunes, in 2002, crooning her way through a number of soulful, romantic Christmas classics in the style of Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald. The album included such holiday chestnuts as “Baby, It’s Cold Outside,” a duet with Harry Connick Jr., “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” and “White Christmas,” the best-selling Christmas single of all-time, first recorded by Crosby in 1942.