VIVA’s Holiday 2014 cover gal, LeAnn Rimes, says Christmas is coming early this year. The Grammy Award Winning singer-songwriter is releasing her new holiday album Today is Christmas on October 16th. Rimes wrote two original songs for the album, the title track, “Today is Christmas”, as well as “I Still Believe in Santa Claus.”

“I try to remain in the Christmas spirit all year long,” says Rimes. “I am hoping my fans will be right there with me – singing all the way into the New Year. I was able to collaborate with some incredibly talented vocalists and musicians to make this amazing record, and can’t wait for everyone to hear it. ”

Rimes admits Christmas is her favorite time of year. “I love Christmas! Eddie, I and the family go all out with decorations. And food is a large part of both our families. We eat a ton during the holidays.” So will there be a different tone to her upcoming holiday album? “There are always the roots of what country music is all about – storytelling – the honesty of that is in whatever I do.”