Jonathan Groff & Darren Criss are featured on the album, due Oct. 25.
Forget Halloween! Lea Michele will drop her first-ever Christmas album, Christmas in the City, on Oct. 25, inspired by her early holiday memories from her hometown of New York City.
Michele will cover the yuletide classics, including “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree,” “Silent Night,” “Silver Bells,” “O Holy Night” and “Do You Want to Build a Snowman?” from Frozen.
“It was always my dream to make a Christmas record,” Michele told People. “Christmas is so special to me. It’s such an important time of year for me and my family that I have so many incredible memories from.”
She recruited her fellow Glee cast member (and the voice of Kristoff in Frozen) Jonathan Groff for her cover of “I’ll Be Home for Christmas,” while another former Glee co-star Darren Criss will join Michele for “White Christmas” and singer-songwriter Cynthia Erivo will sing “Angels We Have Heard on High” with her. Other Glee alums working on the album are the show’s former producers Alex and Adam Anders, who helped with “every single one of the over 800 songs” during the six-year run of the musical comedy-drama. “I wanted to bring back that sound from Glee — that very vibrant and bright and powerful sound that we created,” she told People.
Her friends who will be singing with her play an important role in reinvigorating the Christmas spirit with the spirit of Glee in mind. “Jonathan is my best friend in the entire world, and the song we’re singing on the record, ‘I’ll Be Home for Christmas,’ we’ve been singing together for over 10 years,” Michelle recalled. “Darren and I are dear friends so it was only natural that I would have him come on the record with me. My third very special guest is the incredible Cynthia Erivo, and if you don’t know Cynthia, you’re going to know her soon.”
The 33-year-old singer/actress also included the original track “Christmas in New York” on the album. “I wrote this song as my real love letter,” she told People. “It’s the anthem of the album, and it just highlights all of the special things New York has to offer. It paints this beautiful picture of New York, but it also is really about what it means to be with your family and friends and engaged in that holiday spirit.”
Christmas in the City will be available to pre-order on Friday. Find the track list below.
Christmas in The City track list:
“It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year”
“Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”
“Christmas in New York”
“I’ll Be Home for Christmas” (feat. Jonathan Groff)
“Do You Want to Build a Snowman?”
“Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree”
“White Christmas” (feat. Darren Criss)
“Angels We Have Heard on High” (feat. Cynthia Erivo)
“O Holy Night”