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Rascal Flatts Plan Christmas Album ‘The Greatest Gift of All’

Trio’s first-ever collection of holiday music features standards and left-of-center choices

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Rascal Flatts' first-ever Christmas album 'The Greatest Gift of All' will arrive in October.

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After more than 15 years of making records together, Rascal Flatts will release their first Christmas album next month. The Greatest Gift of All will mix holiday classics and contemporary tunes, with the trio (Gary LeVox, Jay DeMarcus and Joe Don Rooney) also producing the collection.

Opening with an upbeat take on the Yuletide classic, “Joy to the World,” the LP also includes a version of “Silent Night” which features vocals from the children of all three group members. The CMA-award-winning band also covers Stevie Wonder’s “Someday at Christmas,” and Contemporary Christian group 4Him’s “A Strange Way to Save the World.”

“It probably seems crazy that we waited this long to release a Christmas record,” DeMarcus says. “We just wanted to do it right. There are certain songs I think most everyone wants to hear during Christmas, and we wanted to put our own special spin on those songs, while adding in a couple of our personal favorites. We had a blast making this album, and being in the producer’s chair ourselves makes it extra fun and challenging for us.”

Rascal Flatts scored their 16th Number One single this summer with “I Like the Sound of That,” and this past month sold the 10 millionth concert ticket during their touring career. The band’s Rhythm and Roots Tour continues this weekend with shows in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, on Friday (September 23rd) and in Tallahassee, Florida, the following night.

The Greatest Gift of All track listing:

1. “Joy to the World”

2. “O Holy Night”

3. Deck the Halls”

4. “A Strange Way to Save the World”

5. “Go Tell It on the Mountain”

6. “Let It Snow”

7. “Silent Night”

8. “Someday at Christmas”

9. “The First Noel”

10. “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing” 

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