Emmy® award-winner and singer-songwriter Darren Criss has released A Very Darren Crissmas (Deluxe Edition) on Decca Records. The jubilant deluxe set adds two new songs: an original from Darren entitled “Christmas Dance” and “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” featuring Lizzy McAlpine to an already joyously raucous collection that features special guest appearances by Adam Lambert, Evan Rachel Wood, and Lainey Wilson. You can listen to the album here. Additionally the wonderfully humorous video “(Everybody’s Waitin’ For) The Man With the Bag” that features Adam Lambert has made its global debut, watch it here.
On his new original song, Darren stated: “‘Christmas Dance’ is an ode to all the things that make us wanna dance during the holidays. So go ahead! Twist. Shake. Frost. Chill. Repeat. Come on, it’s Crissmas.”
Produced by multi-Grammy® nominee and producer of numerous GRAMMY-winning hits, Ron Fair, A Very Darren Crissmas (Deluxe Edition) features a wildly eclectic collection of songs: big-band standards and novelty tunes, mid-century musical numbers and modern-day folk-pop ballads.
Recorded at Nashville’s Faircraft Studios with an A-list lineup of local musicians, Darren also enlists celebrated artists on the 12-song set. Pop star Adam Lambert joins in on the magnificently jazzy “(Everybody’s Waitin’ For) The Man With the Bag,” fellow multihyphenate Evan Rachel Wood lends her heavenly vocals to the classic “Somewhere in My Memory,” and on the album’s sole original, “Drunk on Christmas” features chart-topping and wildly talented country artist Lainey Wilson. Merging country and cocktail jazz to irresistible effect, “Drunk on Christmas” offers a dazzling glimpse into Darren’s sensibilities as a songwriter.
The result is an essential new entry into the holiday-music canon, both thrillingly unpredictable and touched with a timeless sense of Christmas magic.
A Very Darren Crissmas (Deluxe Edition) Tracklisting:
- Happy Holidays / The Holiday Season
- Christmas Dance
- I Want A Hippopotamus For Christmas
- (Everybody’s Waitin’ For) The Man With the Bag feat. Adam Lambert
- St. Patrick’s Day
- Welcome Home
- All Those Christmas Clichés
- The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire)
- Somewhere In My Memory feat. Evan Rachel Wood
- Drunk On Christmas feat. Lainey Wilson
- Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
- New Year
- Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas feat. Lizzy McAlpine