American Idol’s Colin Stough Drops Unique ‘Blue Christmas’ Cover

Colin Stough
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American Idol star, Colin Stough, drops a unique cover of an Elvis classic, “Blue Christmas”

American Idol 2023 finalist Colin Stough puts a raspy-Soul spin on a classic, allowing his sandpaper vocal loose for a twangy rendition of “Blue Christmas.” Released via 19 Recordings/BMG, it’s available across all streaming platforms and digital retailers.

Originally written by Billy Hayes and Jay W. Johnson, the Christmastime anthem became a timeless favorite in the hands of The King, Elvis Presley, capturing the twinge of holiday heartache. Colin, a fellow Mississippi native, puts his own mark on the track – while also paying homage to his roots.

Produced by Alex Maxwell, the singer-songwriter dials his vocal down to a warm fireside glow. Meanwhile, his reverb-heavy guitar captures an edgy vibe somewhere between honky-tonk and Hot R&B, with a thick bass line and a festive touch of sleigh bells joining in. It adds up to a gritty-but-still-tender take on a tune Colin has known his whole life.

“Elvis Presley is not only a legend overall, but he’s also a Mississippi boy like me. I grew up about 30 minutes from where he was born,” Colin states in a press statement. “I love ‘Blue Christmas’ and wanted to do a version of my own. It’s got this smooth, bluesy vibe which I really dig.”

“Blue Christmas” comes on the heels of Colin Stough’s debut EP, “Promisland”

Colin’s “Blue Christmas” follows the October delivery of his debut EP, Promiseland— a collision of grungy Southern Rock and Country style..

Just 19 years old and coming off a third-place finish on Season 21 of American Idol in 2023, Colin has spent this past year headlining shows across the nation, while also supporting artists like Kidd G and Drake White. Next on deck with Chase Matthew in 2024, find upcoming show dates HERE.

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