Utah’s viral father-daughter duo is releasing a Christmas album. Here are the 11 songs

Mat and Savanna Shaw, a father-daughter singing duo from Utah, recently announced a new album called “The Joy of Christmas.”

Mat and Savanna Shaw, a father-daughter singing duo from Utah that went viral at the start of the pandemic, have announced a new Christmas album and tour. | Russ Dixon

‘I honestly feel like this is the best album that we have done so far,’ Savanna Shaw, 17, said. ‘So much work and so much thought and love has gone into this album.’

It’s been a year and a half since Mat and Savanna Shaw went viral — and they’re already on their fourth album.

Since going viral for their rendition of “The Prayer” at the start of the pandemic, the father-daughter duo from Kaysville, Utah, has navigated a new life that includes connecting with a worldwide fanbase and putting on concerts.

In a recent announcement on their social media channels, the Shaws revealed their fourth album, “The Joy of Christmas,” and an upcoming tour that includes a show in Utah.

“I honestly feel like this is the best album that we have done so far,” Savanna Shaw, 17, said. “So much work and so much thought and love has gone into this album.”

Here’s a breakdown of the 11 songs on the album, which is currently available for preorder. The tracklist features Christmas classics, some big collaborations and an original song from the Shaws.

‘Sleigh Ride’

Of all the songs Savanna Shaw and her dad have recorded, “Sleigh Ride” may be her favorite. The teenager, who recently graduated from high school, enjoys the jazzy, big band feel provided by Caleb Chapman’s Crescent Super Band — an elite ensemble of young musicians in Utah.

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‘Believe’

“The Polar Express” is a Christmas staple in the Shaw home, and Josh Groban is one of Mat Shaw’s favorite singers — fans have even commented that the two share vocal similarities. Having their own rendition of “Believe,” then, seemed like a natural move for their Christmas album.

“I’ve heard my dad sing that song my whole life,” Savanna Shaw said. “I would hear Josh Groban’s voice and be like, ‘Oh, it’s my dad!’”

‘More than Hands Can Hold’

“More than Hands Can Hold” is a new song from the Shaws that was inspired by Mat Shaw’s time in the Philippines.

“I remember the kids in the Philippines, especially at Christmastime, they were so happy,” Mat Shaw said. “It wasn’t so much about the presents for them, but they found so much joy in just the simple things. This song is about Christmas being more than just what our hands can hold.”

‘A Little Bit of Christmas’

“A Little Bit of Christmas” features a collaboration with Jim Brickman, a singer-songwriter who happens to mean a lot to the Shaws.

Brickman’s hit song “Love of My Life” was one of the first songs Mat Shaw learned to play on the piano — and he used it to win over his wife, Brooke.

“It was an easy choice,” Brooke Shaw said, adding that she and Mat ended up singing the song together at their …read more

Source:: Deseret News – Utah News

      

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