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Sarah McLachlan Announces New Christmas Album 'Wonderland'

09/24/2016
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Sarah McLachlan

Sarah McLachlan has announced that she will be releasing her new Christmas album "Wonderland," on Oct. 21 via Verve Records. This will mark her first holiday album release since 2006's platinum Wintersong.

Recorded last winter in Montreal and Vancouver with her longtime producer Pierre Marchand, Wonderland features McLachlan's interpretations of 13 traditional and contemporary holiday classics.

"I love everything about Christmas and this record was a joy to make," said McLachlan. We were sent these details about some of the tracks: The album features classics such as "Silver Bells" reimagined into a shimmering, orchestrated picturesque tale as well as "Angels We Have Heard On High," a percussive hymn of adoration and Randy Newman's forlorn "Snow" from the 1960s. Emmylou Harris contributes vocals on "Go Tell It On The Mountain", also featuring Martha Wainwright, and "Away In A Manager," a new holiday song reinvented as a country shuffle.

Members of Canadian quartet, Half Moon Run, play on five tracks and helped McLachlan flesh out some of the arrangements, including "Huron Carol," Canada's oldest Christmas song. "They're all in their mid-to-late 20s. They're incredible musicians," McLachlan says. Rounding out the guests is the world famous Bulgarian Symphony Orchestra, who perform on three songs, including "Let It Snow," "Silver Bells," and "Huron Carol." McLachlan enlisted orchestral arranger Brian Byrne to handle the particulars. "We had decided early on that it would be great to have string arrangements," McLachlan says. "We left some space for that and sent the arrangements to him and said 'Work your magic.' He did."

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