Get ready for the most wonderful time of the year to be even more wonderful, thanks to a new album of holiday classics from Sarah McLachlan.
Next month, the Vancouver-based singer-songwriter will release “Wonderland”, featuring her inspired interpretations of 13 traditional and contemporary holiday classics.
Her first holiday album since 2006’s platinum-selling “Wintersong”, the new album was recorded last winter in Montreal and Vancouver with her longtime producer Pierre Marchand.
“I love everything about Christmas and this record was a joy to make,” said McLachlan of “Wonderland”.
Fans will enjoy such holiday classics as “Silver Bells”, which is reimagined as “a shimmering, orchestrated picturesque tale,” as well as “Go Tell It On The Mountain” (featuring vocals from Emmylou Harris and Martha Wainwright), while “Away In A Manager” is reinvented as a country shuffle.
In addition, members of Canadian quartet Half Moon Run perform on five of the album’s tracks, including “Huron Carol,” Canada’s oldest Christmas song. “They’re all in their mid-to-late 20s. They’re incredible musicians,” McLachlan says.
Also appearing on “Wonderland” is the world-famous Bulgarian Symphony Orchestra, who perform on three songs, including “Let It Snow,” “Silver Bells,” and “Huron Carol”, with orchestral arranger Brian Byrne handling the arrangements.
“We had decided early on that it would be great to have string arrangements,” McLachlan says. “We left some space for that and sent the arrangements to him and said ‘Work your magic.’ He did.”
“Wonderland” will be released on Oct. 21.