The joy of the holidays goes hand in hand with the evocative musical output that has long defined pianist, composer and producer Jim Brickman; and the much-lauded musician has done it again with his new recording for this holiday season. "HOMECOMING" will be available in stores this week in both a deluxe CD set featuring a bonus DVD and single CD set. Brickman, who was recently crowned as the #1 Charting Artist at the Adult Contemporary radio format, has created a multi-format musical confection collaborating with a diverse roster of guest performers such as Lonestar's Richie McDonald who is featured on the single "Coming Home For Christmas," the late Gerald Levert with his last vocal performance on "My Angel" and jazz great Peter White and his distinctive guitar talents are showcased on "Joy." In addition, both Brickman and McDonald will embark on a holiday tour beginning in November. "HOMECOMING" will be released September 25th on SLG Records (a unit of the Savoy Label Group).
"HOMECOMING," his 16th CD overall, differs from previous seasonal albums in that it has a more spiritual tone. The first single captures that feeling thanks to the contribution of Richie McDonald whose warm vocal brings a poignant emotion to "Coming Home For Christmas" (his collaboration with Brickman is his first project post-Lonestar). Brickman, McDonald and Victoria Shaw all collaborated as songwriters on "Coming Home For Christmas." The result is a gorgeous love letter of a song that captures the sentiment of being away from home and those you care about and anticipating a heartfelt reunion. Just as Brickman's past collaborations with vocal stars such as Martina McBride (on the smash hit "Valentine") have resulted in incomparable chart success, "Coming Home For Christmas" looks to be the song of the season for Jim and Richie.
In addition, both Brickman and McDonald will embark on a holiday tour beginning in November. Also, "Coming Home For Christmas" will be featured on NBC TV special "Capital One's Holiday Celebration On Ice" airing nationally on December 25. Olympic skater Yuka Sato will skate to the song.