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Trace Adkins to release Celtic Christmas album

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Sep 09, 2013 | 2:07pm EDT

Country star Trace Adkins has joined the Christmas rush to release a holiday-themed album by announcing plans for a Celtic-enthused collection. The King's Gift will feature guests The Chieftains and Kevin Costner and his daughter Lily, and include a series of hymns like Adkins' versions of Wexford Carol, O' Come Emmanuel, Away In A Manger and We Three Kings. He'll also team up with the Costners on Silent Night. The gravel-voiced country star will tour with the new album, which will be released at the end of October (13), as part of what he hopes will become an annual Christmas Show. A source says, "The tour begins a new Adkins holiday tradition for years to come. Envisioned as a theatrical production, Trace will alternate between fireside storytelling of anecdotes (both personal and historical) and performances of classic carols with a 12 piece ensemble - a quartet string section, female vocalists and a range of traditional instruments. "The tour is inspired by Adkins' annual hosting duties at Disney World's Candlelight Processional, where his deep baritone narrates Christmas stories, while a full choir and orchestra performs. It has always been a highlight of Trace's year and he is thrilled to bring his own unique version of this concept on tour." Dates will begin in Illinois on 15 November (13). Kelly Clarkson, Jewel, Mary J. Blige and Susan Boyle will also be releasing festive albums in time for the holidays this year (13).

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