Kate is joined in the studio by Grammy Award-winning producer Stewart Lerman (Boardwalk Empire, Vinyl, Patti Smith, Elvis Costello), Steve Holley (Wings, Paul McCartney, Elton John, Kiki Dee, Joe Cocker, Ian Hunter) on drums, Steuart Smith (The Eagles, Rodney Crowell, Michelle Branch, Don Henley) on piano, guitar and various instruments, David Mansfield (Bob Dylan, Bruce Hornsby and the Range) and Paul Socolow (Herbie Mann), among other musicians. “I listened to Patsy Cline, Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt and Emmylou Harris on the record player while imagining how I wanted to do this song,” Kate said. “These women and their sounds and styles are timeless, and I wanted to create a classic and lasting rendition of my one of my favorite Christmas songs.”
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