(Nashville, Tenn.) Oct. 12, 2011– Singer/songwriter Matt Wertz offers the perfect holiday soundtrack for tree-trimming, treat-baking and gift-wrapping with Snow Globe, his first Christmas album, available on Handwritten/Essential Records Oct. 25.
Blending Wertz’s signature acoustic style with strings and horns while adding a little holiday flare, Snow Globe features timeless Christmas classics including, “Walking In A Winter Wonderland,” “White Christmas,” “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” and “O Holy Night” made angelic by the lilting voices of The Nashville Children’s Choir. The 12-track album, produced by Ben Shive, features guest vocals by Amy Grant, Brandon Heath and Dave Barnes.
“There is a reverence to making Christmas music,” says Wertz. “Instead of making the song serve me, I tried to serve the song. I wanted to make a Christmas record my grandkids would listen to someday.”
The project will be supported with a radio single and a 10-city Christmas tour throughout the Midwest and Southwest this December. Visit www.mattwertz.com for a list of tour dates.
Hailing from Liberty, Mo., Matt Wertz has garnered considerable acclaim in his 10+ years as a recording artist. Building his fan base early on as a regular performer at Young Life camps, and now having toured with the likes of Ben Folds, Five For Fighting, Jamie Cullum, Gavin DeGraw and One Republic, Wertz has released five full-length studio albums. To date, his songs have been featured on shows includingBrothers and Sisters, Wildfire, and One Tree Hill and can be heard in the movies Employee of the Month and My Super Ex-Girlfriend.
Wertz’s last studio record, Weights & Wings, released March 15, 2011. Weights & Wings, produced by Jason Lehning (Guster, Alison Krauss, Mat Kearney), contains 11 tracks all tied to relationships and the personal journey Wertz has been on the last few years. For more information, visit www.mattwertz.com.
Snow Globe Track Listing:
1. Walkin’ In A Winter Wonderland (Richard Smith, Felix Bernard)
2. Snow Globe (Matt, Wertz, Chad Cates, Tony Wood)
3. White Christmas (Irving Berlin)
4. Tennessee Christmas (Amy Grant, Gary Chapman)
5. Christmas Just Ain’t Christmas Without You (Matt Wertz, Jonathan Singleton)
6. Christmastime Is Here (Vince Guaraldi, Lee Mendelson)
7. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas (Hugh Martin, Ralph Blane)
8. O Holy Night (Placide Clappeau, Adolphe C. Adam)
9. Sleigh Ride (Leroy Anderson, Mitchell Parish)
10. Christmas In The City (Matt Wertz, Chad Cates)
11. Wake Up, Wake Up (Matt Wertz , Chad Cates, Tony Wood)
12. Christmas Just Does This To Me (Matt Wertz, Brandon Heath)