Leslie Odom Jr. had no plans to do another vacation album. He was in the middle of a tour for his first album of original songs, Mrwhich was released in November 2019. “I was on the road and everything was prepared for my first tour bus,” he told POPSUGAR. “We wanted to sleep on the bus and I was really excited about the experience and we did two shows – we did LA and Las Vegas – and then, you know, COVID happened and we got canceled.”
“I was trying to imagine what people might need at the end of this really difficult year.”
He didn’t want to lose momentum, so the idea of making a Christmas album with a very clear title The Christmas albumwas “part of a pivot”. “We basically just took the energy we wanted to put into the tour – because touring is a great way to see who you are as an artist and to get to know the music while you perform it in front of an audience – and we are put it in another creative project, “he said. “I was trying to imagine what people might need at the end of this really difficult year.”
Odom added that he doesn’t brush off his vacation albums – this is his second since it was released Just Christmas in 2016 – or consider it less important work than his other musical contributions. “If you can believe it, that’s what I hear about the most in my career Hamilton Of course it’s my first Christmas album, “he said.” We know it’s something people like to hear from me and that’s why we tried to make something that people like just as much. “
He promised that his new 10-track album would feel “happier” and include his first attempts at original songs – “Snow” and “Winter Song” – as well as a duet with his wife Nicolette Robinson on a traditional Hanukkah song. “Ma’oz Tzur” in honor of their Jewish heritage. “I know it’s out and sold,” he said, “but I hope this album feels like a gift to people.”
Keep scrolling to hear Odom’s original title The Christmas album.