Kaitlyn Baker Releases New Version of 'Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree'
Singer Kaitlyn Baker invites a few folks over for a festive party in her new version of the holiday classic "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree." The song, written by Johnny Marks, is most identified with singer Brenda Lee, who first recorded it in 1958. It has since been covered by more than 100 other artists.
"It has always been one of my favorite Christmas songs, because it's so family-oriented and fun," Baker said. "I'm not trying to sound like Brenda Lee, but I wanted my version to be somewhat similar to the original, which is why there is a strong emphasis on the saxophone. However, I think the twang in my voice gives it more of a country sound."
Baker's version of "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree" was produced by her manager and frequent co-writer Scott Arnold. It was recorded at Mansion Recording Studio in Franklin, Tennessee, and is released through Mansion Entertainment/Sony RED.
The single features Andy McCormick on rhythm guitar, electric guitar, saxophone and drums, and Graham Scott on bass. Even Baker's favorite dog, Sadie, got involved, appearing on the cover art and in the accompanying music video. Watch it below!
"Christmas is about family, and my dogs are part of my family," she said.
Baker, who is from the coal mining town of Pound, Virginia, previously released the singles "Burn" and "Coal Train," the latter of which was included on the 2015 Academy of Country Music (ACM) Awards ZinePak. The 2-CD ZinePak, which combined songs by superstars and emerging artists, was in the top 10 on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart for three consecutive weeks. She will soon appear on the nationally syndicated PBS concert series "Song of the Mountains."
Kaitlyn Baker's recording of "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree" is available on iTunes.