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Loretta McNary talks new Christmas Music with Grady Nichols

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Our guest is Grady Nichols.

Acclaimed saxophonist Grady Nichols released his first-ever holiday project FALLING IN LOVE WITH CHRISTMAS on Oct. 14 via RED/Sony Music and New Day Christian Distributors. The seventh career album to date for the Emmy nominated artist features Nichols’ signature sounds in a vibrant blend of seasonal classics mixed with new, original tunes. In addition, FALLING IN LOVE WITH CHRISTMAS is currently available for pre-order on iTunes. 
 
Drawing on Nichols personal influence with masters of the genre such as Henry Mancini, Eddy Arnold and the Carpenters, FALLING IN LOVE WITH CHRISTMAS features instrumental renditions of Christmas favorites such as “Winter Wonderland,” “Little Drummer Boy,” “O Come All Ye Faithful” and “O Holy Night.” The holiday album also offers original tunes through the upbeat anthem “One More Christmas Song” (vocal guest performance by 4Him’s Andy Chrisman) and title track, “Falling in Love with Christmas.”  
 
“I really wanted to capture that traditional Christmas that I listened to and grew up with through the years,” says Nichols. “But, at the same time, try and do something different with it to own those songs and create something musically modern and fresh that has a timeless quality to it.”  
 
FALLING IN LOVE WITH CHRISTMAS presents a cast of world renown musicians and longtime friends that collaborated alongside Nichols, including Grammy Award-winning producer Michael Omartian (Billy Joel, Steely Dan), Dove Award-winning producer Chris Rodriguez (Keith Urban, Faith Hill), David John, Matt Pierson, Steve Brewster and Dove Award winning orchestral arranger/pianist David Hamilton (Amy Grant, Michael W. Smith) who also arranged and conducted The Nashville String Machine, a 30-piece orchestra that is featured on the project. 

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