Mat and Savanna Shaw don’t show signs of stopping.
Several months after going viral for their version of “The Prayer” — and less than a month after releasing their debut album — the father-daughter duo from Kaysville is coming out with a Christmas album.
On Sunday, during Utah’s first big snowfall of the season, the Shaws talked briefly about the success of their debut album “Picture This” — by the release date, they had already recruited extended family members to help pack and ship out 10,000 CDs.
“It has exceeded our wildest expectations,” Mat Shaw said in a video shared on Facebook. “We have been blown away by the encouragement and support and love and kindness that you all consistently show to us. … We just have the best fans in the world.”
The Shaws then introduced the seven songs fans can expect from the holiday album, “Merry Little Christmas,” due out Nov. 20. Here’s a rundown of the track list.
- “O Come, All Ye Faithful” — Savanna Shaw compared this rendition — featuring a guitar, drums, cello, piano and more — to the exciting opening number of a musical.
- “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” — This rendition features the Shaws’ arranger, Stephen Nelson, on piano.
- “Every time that opening chord hits, it’s just like a warm blanket around me, I feel like,” Mat Shaw said.
- “Mary, Did You Know?” — Mat Shaw said this was the No. 1 requested Christmas song they received from fans.
- “Let it Snow”/“Walking in a Winter Wonderland” mashup — The Shaws said this jazzy rendition has a fun music video to go along with it.
- “O Holy Night” — Mat Shaw said this was the second most requested Christmas song — and one of his personal favorites. They added “O Holy Night” to the album relatively last minute, learning the song and recording it in the studio during the week they were packing and shipping out their debut record.
- “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day” — Mat Shaw said this has historically been one of his least-favorite Christmas songs, but that Nelson’s arrangement has quickly turned it into a holiday favorite.
- “Thankful” — The Shaws are closing out “Merry Little Christmas” with a song of gratitude from Josh Groban.
“Especially just for this whole year, there’s been so, so much all of us have been through. So it’s important to just take a step back and realize how much there is to be thankful for — just little things like your family, or pretty weather outside like the snow,” Savanna Shaw said in the video. “That song really reminds us all there is to be thankful for, so that’s the one that we wanted to close with, just as a little reminder for everybody.”
The Shaws added that starting Sunday, Nov. 15, they will be releasing a Christmas music video each week.
“This has been a labor of love,” Mat Shaw said. “We just wanted to help spread some Christmas cheer and some hope and joy through music this holiday season. Especially because it’s gonna be a different holiday season for a lot of people, and if we can bring some Christmas cheer into your home through music, that’s really what we’re trying to do.”
The Shaws also recently released a music video for a special rendition of “Hallelujah,” featuring Nelson on piano and vocals, and are currently preparing for two upcoming shows: a virtual concert directed by Broadway star Sierra Boggess — well known for her role as Christine in “The Phantom of the Opera” — and an in-person performance at West Valley City’s Maverik Center.
“It means a lot just to be able to be in a position now — especially in the times that we’re experiencing with this pandemic — to be able to share these messages of hope and encouragement through music,” Mat Shaw previously told the Deseret News. “Never in a million dreams would we have ever thought that our music would have this kind of impact. That’s been the best part.”