Winter Songs (Ronan Keating album)

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Winter Songs
Studio album by Ronan Keating
Released 16 November 2009
Recorded 2009
Genre Pop, folk, folk pop, folk rock
Length 41:15
Label Polydor Records
Producer Stephen Lipson
Ronan Keating chronology
Songs for My Mother
(2009)
Winter Songs
(2009)
Duet
(2010)
Singles from Winter Songs
  1. "Stay"
    Released: 16 November 2009
  2. "It's Only Christmas"
    Released: 11 December 2009

Winter Songs (in Australia and New Zealand titled Stay)[1] is the sixth studio album released by Irish singer/songwriter and Boyzone frontman Ronan Keating. It was released by Polydor Records on 16 November 2009 in the UK and Ireland, debuting at number 16 and 12 in each respective album chart. The first single, a cover of Grammy Award-winning American country music duo Sugarland's hit "Stay", was released digitally on the same day.

Album information[edit]

The album Winter Songs follows the UK number one album Songs 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.[2][3] 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".[3] 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.[4] 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."[4] In a press release about the album, Keating said that "some of these songs conjure up some of my favorite Christmas memories".[2]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Winter Song" (Sara Bareilles/Ingrid Michaelson)
  2. "Stay" (Jennifer Nettles)
  3. "Scars" (Steve McEwan/John White)
  4. "Homeward Bound" (Paul Simon)
  5. "River" (Joni Mitchell)
  6. "It's Only Christmas" (Duet with Hayley Westenra) (Ronan Keating/Paul Barry)
  7. "Little Drummer Boy" (Katherine Davis/Henry Onorati/Harry Simeone)
  8. "Ring Them Bells" (Bob Dylan)
  9. "Caledonia" (Dougie MacLean)
  10. "Silent Night" (Franz Gruber)
  11. "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" (Ralph Blane/Hugh Martin)
  12. "I Won't Last a Day Without You" (Paul Williams/Roger Nichols)
Australian Alternative Track
6. "It's Only Christmas" (Duet with Kate Ceberano) (Ronan Keating/Paul Barry)

Chart[edit]

Chart (2009) Peak
position
Certification Sales/
shipments
Australian Albums Chart 24 10,000
European Albums Chart 4
Irish Albums Chart 12 10,000
New Zealand Albums Chart 25 1,000
UK Albums Chart 16 Gold 100,000
German Albums Chart[5] 73 4,000

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Winter Songs at MusicBrainz (list of releases)