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With a new album and record deal Nathan Carter brings a little country to Christmas

By Kirsten Elder

Country singer Nathan Carter has spoken of his pride at his upcoming Christmas album - and also of the pressure of signing for a major record label.

The rising star, fresh from performing in Newtownards last week, has his ‘Christmas Stuff’ album due for release on Friday December 5.

The title single is due for release on Saturday November 29, so fans don’t have long to wait.

Nathan Carter said: “Christmas Stuff is a good mix of Christmas songs and hymns for everyone, there are the classics like Merry Christmas Everyone and Holy Night as well as a couple of originals.”

“We put our own stamp on it, and there is a bit of a country flavor there as well, which makes it a bit different.”

This is Nathan Carter’s first album since he has been signed with record label Decca.

The album was recoded in the well-known Grouse Lodge Studio in Co Westmeath.

Nathan Carter said: “To record this album here was unbelievable, very special and I certainly will not forget it, that’s for sure.”

“We recorded all the tracks in the old fashion way, all sitting down in one room and recorded the songs there and then.”

Famous artists such as Michael Jackson, Paolo Nutini and Snow Patrol have recoded here.

Nathan admitted he has extra pressure on him now, having signed for Decca Records who will release his material in Ireland under their sister label Universal.

“It’s exciting meeting a lot of new people and seeing how it’s done on a bigger scale," he said.

“I’m used to doing this by myself, sending out my CDs and getting them on playlists.

“Now I have a label and I have to make sure that I keep impressing them, and keep album sales up, before I had no one to answer too so I’m under a bit more pressure but I don’t mind it.”

Nathan was born in Liverpool but he returned to his family roots in Newry, Co Down where he calls home. He moved to Ireland aged 18.

The country singer and songwriter has came a long way from when he first started to sing in the school choir at a young age.

“Don’t give up, keep chasing your dream, work hard and one day it will all pay off,” he says.

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