Singer-actress Chrissy Metz has released her first-ever holiday song, a version of “I’ll Be Home For Christmas.” The new rendition of the much-loved song, first made a hit in 1943 by Bing Crosby, is available now from EMI Nashville via all digital providers.
The acoustic-based treatment follows Metz’s “Feel Good” and complements her current single release “Talking To God.” Metz signed a record deal with Universal Music Group Nashville earlier in the year, then made her first appearance at the hallowed Grand Ole Opry.
Acclaimed for her role as Kate Pearson in NBC’s hit series This Is Us, she also performs “I’m Standing With You” on the soundtrack of the 20th Century Fox movie Breakthrough, in which she stars. Metz sang that track at 2019’s Academy of Country Music Awards, where she was accompanied by Carrie Underwood, Lauren Alaina, Maddie & Tae, and Mickey Guyton. She also performed it at the 92nd Academy Awards, at which was nominated for Best Original Song.
“’I’ll Be Home For Christmas’ is not only nostalgic but incredibly special to me because it’s my Mom’s favorite Christmas song,” says Metz. “This year it takes on a whole new meaning as we all more than ever want to be with loved ones, especially during the holiday season.”
With music by Walter Kent and lyrics by Kim Gannon, “I’ll Be Home For Christmas” was a gold-certified hit for Crosby in a Decca release for the 1943 holiday season, its words all the more poignant during wartime. It reappeared on the charts for him the following year and has gone on to be a Christmas staple, with almost a thousand known cover versions. They include those by Perry Como (1946), Frank Sinatra (1957), the Miracles (1963), the Beach Boys (1964), Glen Campbell (1968), Carly Simon (2002) and Michael Bublé (2003).
Listen to Chrissy Metz’s Feel Good playlist on Spotify.