Canadian country star Terri Clark is returning to Mercury Nashville Records for the first time in 15 years, for the September 25 release of her new holiday album It’s Christmas…Cheers!
Clark produced the ten-track album herself, and it includes guest appearances by Dierks Bentley, Vince Gill, Ricky Skaggs, the Oak Ridge Boys, Pam Tillis and Suzy Bogguss. The Time Jumpers play on every track. Each album will come with a Christmas postcard and the LP will be on holly green vinyl.
The festive album was two years in the making, and on its completion, Clark felt Mercury Nashville would be the perfect home for it. Mercury was the label she signed with in the fall of 1993, at the age of 25. It was her home for a succession of major hits such as her 1998 country No.1 “You’re Easy On The Eyes” and top three successes including “Better Things To Do,” “When Boy Meets Girl” and “Now That I Found You.”
“I resisted making and releasing a Christmas album for many years,” says Clark, “even though I’m a big Christmas person and love the music of the season. It’s been done by the best in so many amazing ways and I wanted to wait until I felt I could make it special, be excited about it, and do it justice in my own way.
“Twenty-five years to get around to”
“Having the Time Jumpers to collaborate with and the wonderful guest artists featured – it did just that. I am eager for everyone to hear the record that was almost two years in the making but took 25 years to get around to.”
The artist, from Medicine Hat, Alberta, started her Nashville career by playing for tips at the famous honky-tonk Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge. She became the only Canadian female member of the Grand Ole Opry, has 19 CCMA Awards and in 2018 she was inducted into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame.
Since 2016, she has hosted her own syndicated radio show Country Gold with Terri Clark, now heard on over 170 stations across the US and Canada.
It’s Christmas…Cheers! is released on September 25. Pre-order it here.
The full It’s Christmas…Cheers! tracklist is:
1) “Winter Wonderland”
2) “Jingle Bells”
3) “The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire)”
4) “I’ll Be Home For Christmas”
5) “Cowboy Christmas” (featuring Ricky Skaggs)
6) “Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!” (with Dierks Bentley)
7) “Silent Night” (featuring Vince Gill)
8) “Up On The Housetop”
9) “Silver Bells” (featuring The Oak Ridge Boys)
10) “Away In A Manger” (with Pam Tillis & Suzy Bogguss)