Cher On Her Xmas Record: “More Than Anything, I Wanted This Album To Be fun”
When asked what made her record a Christmas album, the singer revealed she was originally reticent, “Everyone has done one. So, when my manager called and said, ‘We’d like you to do this,’ my immediate answer was ‘No!’ He said, ‘Just think about it.’ So, I sat down and thought, ‘What can I do that’s different?’… More than anything, I wanted this album to be fun”.
Christmas features a new version of Christmas (Baby Please Come Home), which originally appeared on A Christmas Gift For You, the classic Phil Spector Christmas Album in 1963, with Darlene Love on lead vocals, and a 17-year-old Cher providing backing vocals. On Christmas, Cher and Love perform the song as a duet, “I hate it when people say, ‘I remember it like it was yesterday,’” Cher said of the original sessions, “but I actually do. I can see Darlene singing full-tilt boogie right in the room, not even in a booth, and me, Sonny and the other backup singers standing around one mike that was hanging down. It seems so archaic now, but it worked.”
Christmas will feature four original songs as well as covers of festive classics. Cher is joined on the album – her first in five years – by special guests Stevie Wonder, Michael Bublé, Cyndi Lauper, Tyga and Darlene Love.
“I never say this about my own records but I’m really proud of this one. It is one of the most amazing highlights of my career,” Cher said in a statement.
Cher – Christmas tracklisting
DJ Play A Christmas Song
What Christmas Means To Me (with Stevie Wonder)
Run Run Rudolph
Christmas (Baby, Please Come Home) (with Darlene Love)
Angels In The Snow
Home (with Michael Bublé)
Drop Top Sleigh Ride (with Tyga)
Please Come Home For Christmas
I Like Christmas
Christmas Ain’t Christmas Without You
Put A Little Holiday In Your Heart (with Cyndi Lauper)
This Will Be Our Year