"The songs all have a Southern feel"; plus, hear her "I'll Be Home for Christmas"

By Marisa Laudadio
Updated September 16, 2008 10:00 AM
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Sheryl Crow is gearing up to release her first Christmas album, and PEOPLE.com has an exclusive first-listen of one of the tracks, “I’ll Be Home For Christmas.”

Listen to the song here:

“It’s the coolest Christmas record – the songs all have a Southern feel,” Crow, 46, tells PEOPLE. “It’s my take on Christmas carols that I love and a lot of standard songs of the church, like ‘O Holy Night.’ ”

Crow’s Home For Christmas CD features nine classic holiday tunes and one original song called “There is a Star That Shines Tonight.” It will be available exclusively through Hallmark Gold Crown stores starting Sept. 30.

The singer, who calls Nashville home when she’s not on the road, says she’s looking forward to taking her 16-month-old son Wyatt to visit his grandparents in nearby Missouri in December.

“Christmas Eve is when I start to really feel the meaning of Christmas,” says Crow. “We all go to church and about 50 people come over to my family’s house. It’s just something I look forward to every year.”

Crow recorded her Christmas album with producer Bill Bottrell, who produced her first two albums and her latest CD, Detours.

Complete track listing:
Go Tell It on the Mountain
The Christmas Song
White Christmas
I’ll Be Home for Christmas
Merry Christmas, Baby
The Bells of St. Mary’s
Blue Christmas
O Holy Night
There is a Star That Shines Tonight
All Through the Night