Joe McElderry has released a Christmas album with two tracks featuring Northumberland folk musician Kathryn Tickell.
The X Factor winner has recorded Classic Christmas which includes In the Bleak Midwinter and The Little Drummer Boy, both accompanied by Kathryn.
South Shields born Joe says the songs on the album are his personal favourites. On Twitter he wrote: “It’s gonna be all my favourite Christmas songs!! I love Christmas and now I love it even more!!!”
In the Bleak Midwinter is a refreshing take on a beautiful piece of music that’s produced many uninspired recordings over the years.
Other songs on the album include White Christmas and a rendition of Silent Night.
If you are looking for the Joe McElderry who won the X Factor in 2009, this album is unlikely to be for you.
But it’s perfect for those who want some inspiring and unique takes on old seasonal favourites.
The track listing is:
1. Mary’s Boy Child
2. White Christmas
3. When A Child Is Born
4. In The Bleak Midwinter, featuring Kathryn Tickell
5. O Holy Night, featuring Rolando Villazon
6. I Believe In Father Christmas
7. Silent Night
8. Adeste Fideles (O Come All Ye Faithful)
9. Santo Natale
10. Last Christmas
11. The Little Drummer Boy, featuring Kathryn Tickell
12. Driving Home For Christmas.