Looking for some Idol music to augment that holiday playlist? There’s a lot to choose from. Even more than you realize–the Idols love to release Christmas tunes.
Let’s start with the new stuff. 2008 offered plenty holiday music from the Idols.
First the freebies. ‘Cause everyone loves free stuff. Jason Castro accompanies himself on the ukulele for his take on the holiday classic, “White Christmas, ” available at Amazon. Elliott Yamin is part of Amazon’s 25 Days of Free promotion. Until 12/31, get “Warm Me Up” for free HERE. Sign up for the Bo Bice newsletter, and you can download his Christmas song, “Very Merry Christmas”. And from Chris Sligh, download “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” and “When You Come Home Again”.
More new singles: Michael Johns self-penned charity single, “Another Christmas” benefits MDA and the Red Cross. It’s available on iTunes and Amazon. Ramiele Malubay offers her holiday single, “We Are One (this Christmas) HERE. And Carrie Underwood duets with a very dead Elvis Presley. If you’re into that kind of thing, download “I’ll Be Home For Christmas from iTunes and Amazon.
There are new Christmas albums this year from Elliott Yamin–download My Kind of Holiday from iTunes and Amazon. Mandisa’s It’s Christmas can also be downloaded from iTunes and Amazon. Paris Bennett has A Royal Christmas – iTunes and Amazon. Music from Idol also-rans, that you may or may not remember, can be had on An American Christmas – iTunes and Amazon (Last year’s edition is available HERE).
More Idol Christmas music–Older releases, after the jump…
Speaking of 2007, Jordin Sparks had a song on last year’s This Christmas soundtrack. Get “Ill Be Home for Christmas at iTunes and Amazon. Season 5’s Bucky Covington released “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” and Katharine McPhee, “Oh Come All Ye Faithfull”. Kimberley Locke released Christmas, an album featuring her AC hits, including this year’s “We Need a Little Christmas.” And, Hear Something Country featured both Kellie Pickler and Carrie Underwood – iTunes and Amazon.
If you hate yourself, make sure to download William Hung’s Christmas Classics. Or at least they were classics, before he got done with them…
Best of the Rest:
- Jon Peter Lewis’s Canadian, self-penned holiday hit (seriously, it peaked at #13 in 2006) “It’s Christmas”.
- Clay Aiken’s 2004 Christmas album, Merry Christmas with Love went platinum – iTunes and Amazon. And more from Clay–the iTunes-only EP All is Well.
- Check out this oldie but goodie from Season 1 and Season 2 contestants, American Idol, The Great Holiday Classics, including holiday favorites from Clay Aiken, Tamyra Gray, Ruben Studdard and Kelly Clarkson.
- George Huff’s My Christmas EP, was released shortly after the Season 3 tour ended in 2004.
- Breaking for the Holidays, from 2006, featured Idols, Jon Peter Lewis, singing the Beach Boy inspired “California Christmas” and Vonzell Solomon’s “It’s Going to be a Cold Cold Christmas”. Also, check out Vonzell Solomon singing “Oh Come All Ye Faithful”.
- Josh Gracin has several Christmas songs available – “Please Come Home for Christmas”, “Oh Holy Night” and “The Virgin’s Lullaby”.