Energized by the yearlong celebration of his 50th Showbiz Anniversary, iconic pop singer, Engelbert Humperdinck feels the urge to start his next decade on a celebratory note as well. Coming hot on the heels of his first album of original material in over a decade, the acclaimed The Man I Want to Be, Engelbert decided to launch the next chapter of his illustrious career on October 12, 2018 by surprising the fans with Warmest Christmas Wishes, a brand-new Christmas album – his first in almost forty years.
Much like its predecessor, Warmest Christmas Wishes is a combination of classic, new and unexpected songs. Traditional holiday songs like “Silent Night” and “O Tannenbaum” sit next to American Yule Standards like “Please Come Home for Christmas” and “White Christmas,” the latter being reinvented in a Django Reinhardt inspired swing arrangement.
Premiering “Please Come Home For Christmas” with Billboard, Engelbert told the magazine, “It’s been such a long time since I recorded a Christmas album, and fans have been asking me, ‘When are you going to do another one?’ Finally, we decided to do it. I love (Christmas). From me growing up with a large family and everybody singing around the Christmas tree, it was a wonderful, wonderful upbringing. So (Christmas) is very special with me to share.”
Among the other tracks on the album, Engelbert delivers Christmas cheer with Chris Rea’s “Driving Home for Christmas” and Gilbert O’Sullivan’s “Christmas Song”. Two new original songs – “Christmas for the Family” and “Around the Christmas Tree” are bound to become instant holiday favorites. In all there are 14 chestnuts to celebrate the Christmas joy delivered in Engelbert Humperdinck’s inimitable style.