Country Throwback: ‘Garth Brooks and the Magic of Christmas’ Dropped 21 Years Ago Today

by Matthew Wilson
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Celebrate Christmas the Garth Brooks way with this throwback holiday album. Better get some egg nog and a Christmas sweater ready. Because it’s been 21-years since “Garth Brooks and the Magic of Christmas” released. Party this Christmas like it’s 1999 again.

The “Unanswered Prayers” singer lends his signature twang and bravado to everyone’s favorite classic Christmas songs. Brooks performed the tunes in a big band style that’s sure to put listeners in the holly jolly (or Holly Dolly if Dolly Parton has her way) spirit. Some of the songs Brooks covers include “Winter Wonderland,” “Sleigh Ride,” and “The Christmas Song.”

Upon release, the album was a hit with audiences. It topped both Billboard’s Top Country Albums and Top Holiday Albums charts. The RIAA also certified the album platinum, solidifying its status as a ghost of country Christmas’s past.

The album also formed the foundation for Brooks’ first Christmas special ever, which aired Dec. 1, 1999. For the special, Brooks performed in New York City at the Rockefeller Plaza. The special featured Tony Bennett, Natalie Cole, and future wife Trisha Yearwood. The special was named after the album.

Brooks re-released the album under the title “Garth Brooks & the Magic of Christmas: Songs From Call Me Claus” in 2001. The re-release included “‘Zat You, Santa Claus?” and “Call Me Claus,” which Brooks recorded for a 2001 Christmas movie.

Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood

For listeners who enjoyed the walk down Brooks’ holiday memory lane, Brooks has an upcoming Christmas special with Yearwood. The two will perform “Garth & Trish Live! A Holiday Concert Event” on CBS on Dec. 20. The two will take requests for holiday classics from their home recording studio.

“Our viewers loved reaching out directly to Garth and Trisha to request their favorite hits back when the pandemic first hit. It brought some fun and joy directly into their living rooms as they were hunkered down with their families,” said Jack Sussman, EVP Specials, Music & Live Events/Alternative & Reality at CBS. “Now, nine long months later, who better to bring some holiday magic, performing some of the greatest holiday songs of all time than Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood.”

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