Last year LeAnn Rimes released the first of her three planned Christmas-themed EPs, ‘One Christmas: Chapter 1’, her first musical project since the end of her contract with Curb Records (her final album under Curb, ‘Spitfire’, was released in April 2013). She toured to promote the EP, and now this year she’s back doing the same thing all over again.
The second EP, it was revealed yesterday (August 12), is due to be called ‘Today Is Christmas’, although a tracklisting has not yet been released. The first collection included six tracks (Silent Night Holy Night, I Want A Hippopotamus For Christmas, Blue Christmas, Someday At Christmas, Hard Candy Christmas, White Christmas), so it is expected that the second will include a similar amount, crossing a number of different types of holiday numbers from different eras (as well as some originals). In conjunction with this, Rimes has given full details about her ‘Today Is Christmas’ tour, which will begin December 4 in Tacoma, Washington and come to a close on December 20 in Palm Desert, California, running the length of the West Coast.
“I wait for Christmas all year long; it’s my absolute favorite holiday,” Rimes stated. “I can’t wait to share some of my new, original Christmas songs with my fans, as well as my favorite classics. I am looking forward to making more holiday memories with my fans this year.” Singer/songwriter Elle Duke is set to open for Rimes on the ten festive dates.
While the release date for ‘Today Is Christmas’ has not yet been announced, it is expected to be around late October, since that reflects the release of ‘One Christmas’ and also other holiday-themed records each year. As usual, I’m sure Rimes will be on top vocal form and deliver a set of instant classics we’ll all be raving about.
Let’s also hope that while 2016 will bring the final instalment in the Christmas set, it’ll also bring the hint of new, non-holiday music on the way from the country songstress.
Today Is Christmas tour dates:
Dec. 4 — Tacoma, Wash. @ Emerald Queen Casino
Dec. 5 — Bellingham, Wash. @ Mount Baker Theater
Dec. 6 — Grande Ronde, Ore. @ Spirit Mountain Casino
Dec. 8 — Santa Rosa, Calif. @ Wells Fargo Center for the Arts
Dec. 11 — Tracy, Calif. @ Grand Theater Center for the Arts
Dec. 12 — Merced, Calif. @ Merced Theatre
Dec. 13 — Malibu, Calif. @ Pepperdine University
Dec. 18 — Chandler Ariz. @ Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino
Dec. 19 — Laughlin, Nev. @ Edgewater Hotel & Casino
Dec. 20 — Palm Desert, Calif. @ McCallum Theater of the Performing Arts