Elvis, Ella Fitzgerald, Bing Crosby, James Brown, Mariah Carey, Sufjan Stevens, the list could go on. At some point during their careers, established music artists record a Christmas album.
Zac Brown Band founding member John Driskell Hopkins has added his voice to the Christmas canon. Last year, he teamed up with the Atlanta Pops Orchestra for “In The Spirit: A Celebration of the Holidays.”
That album also features collaborations with the Indigo Girls, Laura Bell Bundy and Balsam Range. This year, the Atlanta Pops and Hopkins are releasing a deluxe edition of the album, featuring several new songs on a bright blue vinyl.
“I always wanted to have a Christmas record, and now I think want five of them,” said Hopkins, who is already thinking about his next Christmas album.
And the Atlanta Pops Orchestra has always been well-versed in collaboration.
“We’re lucking in that the musicians we’ve assembled in the Pops are so wide-ranging in their ability to play different styles,” said Atlanta Pops Board President Tom Gibson.
Gibson will also conduct the Atlanta Pops alongside Hopkins this Thursday at the Callanwolde Holiday Gala. They will be playing songs from “In the Spirit.”