It’s the most wonderful time of the year, especially for acclaimed actress, singer, and author Lea Michele. The “Glee” star has released her first-ever holiday album, “Christmas in the City.” We all know that New York City wins Christmas, and this 11-track album certainly captures the unique magic of its holiday spirit. It’s inspired by Michele’s fond memories of growing up there.
“This album is something I’ve wanted to do for such a long time,” Michele said. “Christmas is my favorite holiday, and it has always been such a special time with my family. I always go back home and spend Christmas in New York, so when I think of the holidays, I think of the city.”
“This album is really a celebration of that magic and spirit of my hometown,” she continued. “I am so excited to share the songs I grew up with and I hope it brings listeners a lot of joy this season.”
Released last month via Sony Music Masterworks, the work reunites Michele with songwriter and producer Adam Anders in their first collaborative project since working together on “Glee.” The album features timeless hits like “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” “Silent Night,” and “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree.” The song “Christmas in New York” is an original co-written by Michele and Anders that has instant classic written all over it.
Collaborators include fellow “Glee” alumnus Darren Criss, “Spring Awakening” costar Jonathan Groff, and Broadway favorite Cynthia Erivo.
Michele will bring even more holiday cheer when she performs live December 19 and 21 with her show “Celebrate Christmas in the City with Lea Michele!” at the concert hall at New York Society for Ethical Culture.
Tickets range from $39 to $449. There’s even a chance to meet the starlet with a meet & greet package that includes a pre-show photo-op and a ticket within the first five rows. For tickets, visit eventbrite.com.