Bring the spirit of Christmas into your heart and home with a collection of cowboy-style Christmas songs from Mary Kaye.
Award-winning Western singer-songwriter Mary Kaye performs cowboy Christmas concerts each December in Utah and Nevada. If you can’t make one of her shows, however, you can listen to the magic of her music in your home, barn or vehicle on the CD, A Cowboy Christmas.
Released as a five-song EP in 2013, and in 2016 with an additional eight songs, this CD has quickly become a holiday classic for fans of cowboy music. Mary Kaye wrote the majority of the 13 tracks, and she sings them with reverence and raw emotion. The first track, Christmas for Cowboys, was written by S. Weisberg and recorded by John Denver in 1975. The tune takes listeners on a cattle drive in the West where the greatest gifts the cowboys receive are “the sky and wide open range.”
Rooted in faith, family and the West, Mary Kaye sings about giving and sharing, small town celebrations, the beauty of an old barn, Santa’s roundup, winter weather and the birth of Jesus Christ. Most of the songs have simple instrumentals, which allow Mary Kaye’s beaming voice to shine. This is most apparent in her touching rendition of “O Holy Night.” She also sings a lively version of “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” with fellow cowboy singer R.W. Hampton. One of the most special songs on the CD, however, is track 11, “I Love Christmas/Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.”
“I wrote ‘I Love Christmas’ to weave through ‘Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas’ because I love this kind of arrangement and it gives me a chance to sing with my daughters,” she writes in the liner notes.
A blend of traditional and fresh songs with Western flair, the CD is sure to put listeners of all ages in the Christmas spirit.