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Lady Antebellum suits up for 'On This Winter's Night'

1:40 PM, Nov 26, 2012   |    comments
ORG XMIT: RD 41943 CMA PORTRAIT 6/6/2012 6/7/12 8:32:27 PM -- Nashville, TN, U.S.A -- The members of Lady Antebellum, Charles Kelley, left,Hillary Scott and David Haywood pose for a portrait before performing at the 2012 CMA Music Festival concert at LP Field. -- Photo by Robert Deutsch, USA TODAY Staff [Via MerlinFTP Drop](Photo: Robert Deutsch USAT)
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NASHVILLE -- Lady Antebellum's Hillary Scott cut her performing teeth on Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow. From her junior year of high school through her freshman year in college, she sang the Sammy Cahn/Jule Styne standard as part of her mother's holiday revue, the Linda Davis Christmas show, at Opryland Hotel.

"I sang that every night for three straight years, pretty much, from the time I was 16 until we stopped the show," says Scott, 26.

So when the time came for her trio to record a Christmas album, she knew she wanted to include Let It Snow, and she wanted to use the familiar arrangement.

"I was like, 'OK, I'm going to mess it up if we don't keep to the way that I know,' " she says.

Lady Antebellum's On This Winter's Night has sold 107,000 copies in its first month out, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Along with new titles from Rod Stewart and fellow country acts Blake Shelton and Scotty McCreery, it's one of the most popular holiday albums of 2012.

The album contains a dozen cuts, 11 seasonal favorites and one original, the title track. The material includes songs commonly part of the country catalog, like A Holly Jolly Christmas, made popular by Burl Ives in the 1964 Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer TV special, and Blue Christmas, a hit for Ernest Tubb and later, more famously, for Elvis Presley. But it also has highlights from the pop and R&B worlds, like remakes of the Mariah Carey hit All I Want for Christmas Is You, Darlene Love's Christmas (Baby, Please Come Home) and Donny Hathaway's This Christmas.

USA Today

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