Penny LancasterSome artists resist the idea of doing Christmas albums because they think it'll be seen as a money grab, or because they think they're not far enough along in their careers yet to get away with it. But in Rod Stewart's case, he says he initially resisted doing one because of his rock-star ego.
Speaking to Billboard about his new holiday album, Merry Christmas, Baby, Rod says, "I think maybe I thought it was beneath me, years ago, to do a Christmas album. I thought, 'I'm a dyed-in-the-wool rocker. I cannot do Christmas albums -- or standards.'"
So what changed his mind? A little something called The Great American Songbook. As Rod explains, "What with the success of [my] American Songbook [albums], it seemed a natural progression. The American Songbook was a fork in the road, and so is the Christmas album. I'm so pleased I did it. It's [got] some beautiful songs, and the songs are a challenge -- like the American Songbook."
He adds, "I can't wait to play the album on Christmas to my two little kids; they're gonna hear dad sing all the Christmas songs, and I'm really looking forward to that."
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