’Tis the season! As self-proclaimed “Hallmark movie geek” Rob Thomas ready to jot down new vacation songs, he had a really jolly supply of inspiration.
“I lucked out because during the summer Hallmark movie channel was having their ‘Christmas in July’ [marathon],” Thomas, 49, solely informed Us Weekly on Monday, November 1, whereas selling his new Something About Christmas Time album. “So, like, I could just leave that on the whole time, and then I only had to, like, you know, bring down my Christmas DVDs — of which I have many — just for a little bit of June and a little bit in August.”
Not solely did the “Unwell” crooner search inspiration from these spirited TV applications, however a reimagined model of his “A New York Christmas” tune will likely be included within the community’s upcoming A Royal Queens Christmas, which is about for a premiere this vacation season throughout its “Countdown to Christmas” lineup.
Thomas couldn’t assist however gush over the announcement, telling Us, “Because I’m a Christmas geek, I’m a Hallmark movie geek and my wife is from Queens and she is a Hallmark movie geek … And then because of that, I’m going to be in the Thanksgiving Day Parade on the Hallmark float.”
He was additionally fast to reveal his favourite made-for-TV film on the TV community.
“I think my favorite, it’s almost an asterisk one because it used to not be on Hallmark and then Hallmark bought it, but it’s a movie called Most Wonderful Time of the Year and it stars Henry Winkler,” he mentioned.
As such a giant Hallmarkie who loved their vacation programming, the Matchbox Twenty performer was enthused concerning the prospect of making a full-length Christmas album.
“You know, every year it’s Christmas time, I’m sitting at the piano at some point, and I’m like, ‘Oh, I want to do a Christmas album.’ And it’s always too late because if you do a Christmas album, a lot of people don’t realize you have to do it in the summer that way it’s ready by Christmas time and nobody’s feeling Christmas-y [then],” the “Lonely No More” singer defined of his writing course of. “So the first thing I had to do was I had to kind of shut everything here in my studio, covering everything in Christmas lights, keep Christmas movies on at all times, [and] keep the Christmas vibe kind of, like, going and flowing.”
The Grammy winner additional teased the songs on the report, a number of of which featured duets from the likes of Brad Paisley and Ingrid Michaelson.
“Well, it was almost, you know, once I started writing the songs and figuring out the covers, it’s almost like casting a film,” Thomas defined. “So I wrote this country banger called ‘Santa Don’t Come Here Anymore [and] so Brad Paisley, that was a no-brainer [with] that voice and the way he plays guitar. … Ingrid Michaelson is a Christmas geek, I mean, she loves Christmas [and] had just put out a Christmas record of her own last year. [She] and I bonded over that love of Christmas.”
Rob Thomas’ Something About Christmas Time album is accessible now and he’ll carry out tracks from the album throughout an unique livestream live performance on StageIt, introduced by VNUE, on Monday, November 8, at 8 p.m. ET. Proceeds profit Sidewalk Angels Foundation, a corporation based by Thomas and Maldonado that advantages no-kill animal shelters.
With reporting by Christina Garibaldi
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