’Tis the season! As self-proclaimed “Hallmark film geek” Rob Thomas ready to put in writing new vacation songs, he had a really jolly supply of inspiration.

“I lucked out as a result of in the course of the summer time Hallmark film channel was having their ‘Christmas in July’ [marathon],” Thomas, 49, completely informed Us Weekly on Monday, November 1, whereas selling his new One thing About Christmas Time album. “So, like, I might simply depart that on the entire time, after which I solely needed to, like, you recognize, deliver down my Christmas DVDs — of which I’ve many — only for slightly little bit of June and slightly bit in August.”

Rob Thomas.

Not solely did the “Unwell” crooner search inspiration from these spirited TV applications, however a reimagined model of his “A New York Christmas” track might be included within the community’s upcoming A Royal Queens Christmas, which is about for a premiere this vacation season throughout its “Countdown to Christmas” lineup.

Thomas couldn’t assist however gush over the announcement, telling Us, “As a result of I’m a Christmas geek, I’m a Hallmark film geek and my spouse is from Queens and she or he is a Hallmark film geek … After which due to that, I’m going to be within the Thanksgiving Day Parade on the Hallmark float.”

He was additionally fast to expose his favourite made-for-TV film on the TV community.

“I feel my favourite, it’s virtually an asterisk one as a result of it used to not be on Hallmark after which Hallmark purchased it, however it’s a film known as Most Fantastic Time of the Yr and it stars Henry Winkler,” he mentioned.

As such a giant Hallmarkie who loved their vacation programming, the Matchbox Twenty performer was enthused concerning the prospect of making a full-length Christmas album.

“You understand, yearly it’s Christmas time, I’m sitting on the piano in some unspecified time in the future, and I’m like, ‘Oh, I need to do a Christmas album.’ And it’s all the time too late as a result of when you do a Christmas album, lots of people don’t understand you need to do it in the summertime that manner it’s prepared by Christmas time and no person’s feeling Christmas-y [then],” the “Lonely No Extra” singer defined of his writing course of. “So the very first thing I needed to do was I needed to sort of shut every little thing right here in my studio, protecting every little thing in Christmas lights, preserve Christmas films on always, [and] preserve the Christmas vibe sort of, like, going and flowing.”

The Grammy winner additional teased the songs on the document, a number of of which featured duets from the likes of Brad Paisley and Ingrid Michaelson.

“Effectively, it was virtually, you recognize, as soon as I began writing the songs and determining the covers, it’s virtually like casting a movie,” Thomas defined. “So I wrote this nation banger known as ‘Santa Don’t Come Right here Anymore [and] so Brad Paisley, that was a no brainer [with] that voice and the best way he performs guitar. … Ingrid Michaelson is a Christmas geek, I imply, she loves Christmas [and] had simply put out a Christmas document of her personal final 12 months. [She] and I bonded over that love of Christmas.”

Rob Thomas’ One thing About Christmas Time album is accessible now and he’ll carry out tracks from the album throughout an unique livestream live performance on StageIt, offered by VNUE, on Monday, November 8, at 8 p.m. ET. Proceeds profit Sidewalk Angels Basis, a corporation based by Thomas and Maldonado that advantages no-kill animal shelters.

With reporting by Christina Garibaldi

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