The album Winter Songs follows the UKnumber one albumSongs for My Mother released six months earlier, this time pulling together a set of 11 songs that evoke special memories of winter and Christmas for Ronan Keating.Winter Songs includes traditional Christmas classics such as "Silent Night" and "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" as well as modern festive classics like Joni Mitchell's River and Sugarland's "Stay". Songs originally performed by artists like Simon & Garfunkel ("Homeward Bound") and Bob Dylan ("Ring Them Bells") are also included on the album, which also includes two brand new Ronan Keating songs "It's Only Christmas" and "Scars". Like Keating's previous album, Winter Songs is produced by Stephen Lipson (Paul McCartney, Annie Lennox and Pet Shop Boys). The album also features the last studio recording of Stephen Gately, who died a short while after the album was completed. Ronan told The News Of The World: "What keeps me going is that Stephen is on this album. His vocal on Little Drummer Boy is one of the most beautiful recordings. He is almost angelic – which is truly fitting as I believe my friend is an angel now." In a press release about the album, Keating said that "some of these songs conjure up some of my favorite Christmas memories".