Martha Stewart Enters Music Business

Published: 2005-10-07
Sony BMG and Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia have just entered into a partnership that will bring the homemaking guru and former ex-con into the music biz.

Though not actually singing or producing anything herself, Martha will be putting together and marketing compilation CDs for special occasions. The first set of CDs will be available October 18th and will be a collection of Christmas tunes.

Traditional Songs For the Holidays will feature artists like James Taylor, Frank Sinatra, and Elvis Presley, while Jazz for the Holidays will have folks like Chris Botti, Tony Bennett, and Louis Armstrong. The last CD of the trio, Classical Favorites for the Holidays, will have Il Divo, Charlotte Church, and Placido Domingo.

The sets will be available sepearately or in a box set and will of course also come with a Martha Stewart holiday recipe.

The tracks on the discs will look a little like this:

Traditional Songs for the Holidays:
"Silent Night," Mariah Carey
"Winter Wonderland," Aretha Franklin
"This Is Christmas," Luther Vandross
"Silver Bells," Martina McBride
"Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," James Taylor
"First Noel," Chris Botti
"What Are You Doing New Year's Eve?" Barry Manilow
"White Christmas," Frank Sinatra
"Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer," Gene Autry
"Feliz Navidad," Jose Feliciano
"Blue Christmas," Elvis Presley
"Baby, It's Cold Outside," Steve Tyrell & Jane Monheit
"Santa Claus Is Coming to Town," Willie Nelson
"The Christmas Song," Nat King Cole
"Little Drummer Boy/Peace on Earth," Bing Crosby & David Bowie
"Sleigh Ride," Johnny Mathis
"It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year," Andy Williams
"My Favorite Things," Tony Bennett

Jazz for the Holidays:
"Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!," Chris Botti
"Santa Claus Is Coming to Town," Tony Bennett
"Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer," Tuck Andress
"Twas the Night Before Christmas," Wynton Marsalis
"Sugar Rum Cherry (Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy)," Duke Ellington & His Orchestra
"O Come All Ye Faithful," Terence Blanchard
"Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring," Grover Washington, Jr.
"I'll Be Home for Christmas," Steve Tyrell
"Snowfall," Tex Beneke & the Glenn Miller Orchestra
"Deck the Halls," Herbie Hancock & Chick Corea
"Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" Dexter Gordon Quartet
"O Christmas Tree," Russell Malone
"Winter Weather," Peggy Lee with Benny Goodman
"Shake Hands With Santa Claus," Louis Prima
"Santa Baby," Eartha Kitt
"Winter Wonderland," Louis Armstrong

Classical Favorites for the Holidays:
"O Holy Night," Il Divo
"March," from The Nutcracker, the Philadelphia Orchestra, conducted by Eugene Ormandy
"Waltz of the Flowers," from The Nutcracker, the New York Philharmonic, conducted by Leonard Bernstein
"Christmas Time Is Here," from A Charlie Brown Christmas, the Boston Pops Orchestra, conducted by Keith Lockhart
"Sleigh Ride," the Boston Pops Orchestra, conducted by John Williams
"Fantasia on I Saw Three Ships," Sir James Galway
"The Coventry Carol," Eileen Farrell
"Pastoral Symphony," from Messiah, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Sir Thomas Beecham
"O Little Town of Bethlehem," the Mormon Tabernacle Choir with the New York Philharmonic, conducted by Leonard Bernstein
"O Tannenbaum," Rita Ford's Music Boxes
"Children's Prayer," from Hansel and Gretel, the Boston Pops Orchestra, conducted by Arthur Fiedler
"O Sanctissima," the Philadelphia Brass Ensemble
"The Sleigh Ride," from German Dance, K. 605, No. 3, the New York Philharmonic, conducted by Leonard Bernstein
"The Gift of Love," Placido Domingo
"Ding Dong! Merrily on High," the Choral Guild of Atlanta, conducted by Anthony Newman
"What Child Is This? (Greensleeves)," the London Promenade Orchestra, conducted by Eric Hammerstein
"Ave Maria," Charlotte Church
"White Christmas," Placido Domingo
"Silent Night," the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and the Philadelphia Brass Ensemble and Percussion

Writer: Michelle Garcia



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