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John Schlitt Christmas

Legendary vocalist John Schlitt has announced the release date of his new as-yet-untitled Christmas CD.

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John Schlitt, right, is in the studio working on his new Christmas CD, with producer Dan Needham, left. The album will be released October 29.
(McCain & Co. Public Relations photo)

The musical project, the Grammy and Dove Award winner’s first recorded collection of Christmas music, will be released October 29.

“It really is beginning to feel more like Christmas as we make the final decisions about my new Christmas CD,” Schlitt says. “Now that we have decided on a release date, all the other pieces, like final mixes, CD art, and, of course, the album title, will come together. There’s so much going on behind the scenes. My producer, Dan Needham, who currently is touring as the drummer with Michael McDonald, has even been sending me new mixes from the road! I have to say, I’m loving the music more and more and cannot wait to share it with my friends!”

Schlitt, who has never recorded any Christmas music, neither during his 20-year stint as the lead singer with Petra nor as a solo artist, says he had felt “a very strong tug” to make this seasonal record.

The majority of the CD consists of traditional Christmas songs with, according to Schlitt, one new original, and all done “John Schlitt style.”

Schlitt utilized the popular crowd funding platform Kickstarter to raise financial support for the new album.

For more information on Schlitt and the new CD, visit johnwschlitt.com or follow him on Twitter (@johnwschlitt) or Facebook (facebook.com/johnwschlitt).