The Voice‘s Chris Mann has been hard at work in the studio recording his debute full-length album, as well as a Christmas EP both set to be released sometime this October. You’d have to be a hard hit up Scrooge not to record some “Jingle Bells,” right?
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Chris – who finished in the Top four this past season — recently chatted with Billboard about his debut album (set to release on October 30) and his Christmas EP (set to release on October 9). Both studio collections will be released on Universal Republic / Faircraft Records.
He revealed that the Christmas EP will be comprised of his favorite classics, such as “Oh Holy Night,” “I’ll Be Home for Christmas,” “White Christmas” and “The First Noel.” These covers will follow traditional orchestral arrangements, while his version of “O Come All Ye Faithful” will have a “poppier take — it’s got a groove to it.”
”My voice works best with that bigger traditional sound. I wanted to make a timeless sounding Christmas album — and I can’t wait to make another one, a full one.”
On his debut album, he has chose 11 covers and four originals to make up the set. ”My goal was not to get as much publishing as I could, but to sing the 11 best songs I could find — songs I love and songs that I wrote,” he said. “There is a throughline on my record about being true to yourself and sticking to your guns.”
Some of the covers include Damien Rice‘s “The Blower’s Daughter,” Chris Isaak‘s “Wicked Game,” and a new version of “Ave Maria” — which he covered on the show. Chris will also include a cover of “My Way.” Paul Anka — who penned the English language words for the French melody that Frank Sinatra made famous 43 years ago — actually rewrote some of the words just for him. (Wow.)
“They’re subtle changes. He wrote it from a young man’s perspective: Instead of being the end of the road for Frank, it’s going to be the beginning of the road for me. It just takes you back 30 years in the story and then looking ahead. It’s the message I had on ‘The Voice’ and was very much vocal about – I wanted to do things my way and to not apologize for it. And Paul endorsed me with this song.”
The conversation then shifted to the originals “Falling” and “Cuare” — which are partly written in Italian.
“I almost prefer to sing in Italian,” he said. “I learn the translation I then have to make (the listener) understand what I’m saying. You then listen to the voice and the arrangement and just be moved by the musical piece instead of listening to the words.”
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