Wyclef Jean, Macy Gray and Sheryl Crow are among the artists who will be heard on the fifth installment of the A Very Special Christmas series.
This year’s edition, due November 6, features 15 traditional holiday songs rearranged or rewritten by artists from an array of genres, Interscope Records said.
A Very Special Christmas 4, released in the fall of 1999, was a live album recorded at a concert held the previous year in Washington, D.C. (see “Crow, Blige, Run-DMC On Live ‘Very Special Christmas’ Album” ). The first three, like the new LP, were compilations.
A Very Special Christmas 5 also includes songs from Dido, City High, Eve 6, Stevie Nicks, B.B. King and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, among others.
Wyclef covers “The Little Drummer Boy,” during which he breaks into the Calypso standard “Hot, Hot, Hot.” He also produced City High’s funky “O Come, All Ye Faithful” and raps on Stevie Wonder’s “Merry Christmas Baby.” Wonder also duets with singer Kimberley Brewer on “I Love You More.”
“Merry Christmas Baby” is the first single from the LP, and a video for the song, featuring Wyclef in a Santa suit, is currently being cut.
Aside from producing the album with Bobby Shriver, Jon Bon Jovi contributes a bluesy rendition of “Blue Christmas.” Bon Jovi and his namesake band have contributed to three of the four previous A Very Special Christmas records.
Most of the material on A Very Special Christmas 5 was recorded specifically for the LP, which, like the past projects, benefits the Special Olympics.
The new album includes a live version of Stevie Nicks’ “Silent Night,” which was featured on the first A Very Special Christmas in 1987.
A Very Special Christmas 5 track list, according to Interscope:
- Macy Gray – “This Christmas”
- Wyclef Jean – “The Little Drummer Boy/Hot, Hot, Hot”
- Eve 6 – “Noel! Noel!”
- Jon Bon Jovi – “Blue Christmas”
- Stevie Wonder and Wyclef Jean – “Merry Christmas Baby”
- City High – “O Come, All Ye Faithful”
- SR71 – “Christmas Is the Time to Say I Love You”
- Dido – “Christmas Day”
- Sheryl Crow – “Run Rudolph Run”
- B.B. King and John Popper – “Back Door Santa”
- Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers – “Little Red Rooster”
- Powder – “The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don’t Be Late)”
- Stevie Nicks – “Silent Night”
- Stevie Wonder and Kimberley Brewer – “I Love You More”
- Darlene Love – “White Christmas”