Kelly Clarkson Is Releasing A New Christmas CD And It Is Out! Stand! Ing!


First of all, congratulations to Kelly Clarkson on two fronts: her recent marriage to Brandon Blackstock AND the impending release of her spanking new Christmas CD “Wrapped in Red.

The CD is scheduled to drop in stores and online on October 29th.

Here is the official release notes from KellyClarkson.Com

“Start the holiday season early this year with Kelly’s first Christmas album Wrapped In Red featuring the new classics “Underneath The Tree” & “Wrapped In Red”! Plus favorites like “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas,” White Christmas,” “Silent Night” and more! Click here to pre-order your copy on iTunes today. “

I had a listen to some of the tracks and was duly impressed. Check out some of the videos below.

Now, this is how “White Christmas” should sound like! Quiet, restrained, nostalgic – all the qualities that Irving Berlin strove to create when he wrote this song in 1941.

Oftentimes, you hear this song performed with an upbeat tempo and it makes absolutely no sense in the context of when and why the song was written. It is meant to be a nostalgic, melancholy song and has a special connection to those who served in the Second World War. Certainly, the film “White Christmas” is strong testament to this fact and so I have issues when this song is interpreted in a frivolous manner.

And her new single, “Underneath The Tree” is fun, spunky and just out and out phenomenal. Underneath The Tree is where I want to be with this CD this Christmas!

And wait until you hear her spin it around at the 2:55 minute mark. Her upper notes are stratospheric, crystal clear and clean. She’s the Queen! Long live and sing the Queen!

This talented young lady is going strong, looking radiant and has never sounded better. She is one of my favorites and I am thrilled as punch for her ongoing success in the music world.

About Masterclass Lady

Rosanne (Giallonardo) Simunovic began her musical career in Timmins, Ontario. She studied piano with Anne Pizzale and later, at an advanced level, with Soeur Anita Vaugeois (Sister Cecile of Les Soeurs De L’Assomption in Timmins). Her vocal and accompaniment skills were nurtured by her aunt, the late Dorothea Mascioli. When Rosanne graduated from O’Gorman High School, she moved on to the University of Toronto where she continued her piano and vocal studies while attaining a Bachelor of Arts Degree. She was hired as a piano accompanist for several musical companies, most notably, the National Ballet Of Canada. She presently holds an A.R.C.T. Teacher’s Diploma in Voice from the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. Rosanne has studied choral conducting with numerous well known Canadian Conductors, including Wayne Riddell of Montreal, Quebec and the internationally renowned Dr. Elmer Iseler. She has been a founding member of numerous community-based arts organizations: the Timmins Arts Council, later known as Arts & Culture Timmins, the Timmins Symphony Orchestra, and, the Timmins Youth Singers…as well as the TYS Alumnus choir, the Timmins Concert Singers. In 1987, she was also selected to be the conductor of the Timmins Board Of Education Choir, comprised of talented students from Grades 5 to 8. In 1988, she was elected to the Board Of Directors of the Ontario Choral Federation (now known as Choirs Ontario), where she served as Chair of the Festivals Committee for six consecutive seasons. In 1996, in honour of the Ontario Choral Federation’s 25th Anniversary, Rosanne was selected as one of 25 recipients of the OCF’s Distinguished Service Award for outstanding contribution to the choral art. The ceremony was presided by Lieutenant Governor, Hal Jackman. In November 1997, Rosanne Simunovic was selected by the Rotary Club Of Timmins to receive the prestigious Paul Harris Award for her years of dedication to the artistic development of young musical talent in Timmins. In August of 2002, Rosanne Simunovic was selected by the Board Of Directors of Choirs Ontario to serve as Conductor of both the Provincial Junior and Teen Choir Camps, now renamed in honour of the Camp Benefactors, Don and Lillian Wright. In November 2002, Rosanne was the one of the recipients of the Commemorative Medal for the Golden Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II, honouring her work in the development of the arts in Timmins. Under Rosanne Simunovic’s direction, the Timmins Youth Singers and the Timmins Concert Singers have been featured in numerous choral festivals and performing opportunities outside of Timmins. In 1985, they were selected to partici

4 Responses to “Kelly Clarkson Is Releasing A New Christmas CD And It Is Out! Stand! Ing!”

  1. Sweet! I’m glad to hear Christmas music from Kelly. By the way, she just tweeted today that she got married over the weekend!


  2. Yes, indeed – she did get married. Feels funny that none of the parents were invited to the wedding. I’d be heartbroken if my daughters did that. Wonder if any of the Moms will be in the delivery room? LOL. Kelly wants to get pregnant quickly.

    Anyway, I wish her the very best in her marriage. Much happiness to both! Hope the album does well.


  3. No parents? Wow. Would like to hear the story behind that!!


  4. I agree with what you wrote about the melancholy nature of “White Christmas” as well as Kelly’s excellent treatment of it. Well said. She treated “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” with similar respect on the “iTunes Sessions” live album she did a few years ago? Give it a preview; I think you will like it. It’s one of my favorite three Kelly Clarkson songs. I wish she had included it on this new Christmas album.

    The other two Kelly songs I would recommend to you that are not on this album are :
    The live version of “Why Don’t You Try” that also appears on the iTunes Sessions album.

    And a song that is my favorite Carrie Underwood song called “I Know You Won’t”. Kelly performed this on a VH1 Un-Plugged concert she did last year, I believe. You can watch the individual cuts or the whole concert (less the between song commentary) on VH1’s You Tube site. She could have a big hit with this one if she recorded it.

    I’m looking forward to hearing the rest of Kelly’s new Christmas album, I’ve only heard some of the previews so far. Thanks for the heads up.


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