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Pop legend Johnny Mathis is releasing a new CD on Sept. 21.

The CD is titled "Let It Be Me: Mathis In Nashville,” and will be released on the famous Columbia Records label. 

Who doesn't remember the golden nuggets like "Chances Are" and "It's Not For Me To Say." Mathis harks back to a golden era of music but his vocal talents are timeless. A romantic traditionalist, Mathis made a name in pop and jazz before rock began to rise in pop culture in the '60s.

Mathis handpicked the new tunes and worked with noted producer Fred Mollin and recording engineer Khyle Lenning. Mathis recorded the songs in the studio in a week. Mathis stayed true to the original melodies and country arrangements and he is

 ably backed by top flight musicians.

This is the first CD by Mathis to be inspired by country music and features guest artists Lane Brody and Alison Krauss.

The track list on the CDS includes: "Crazy," "Southern Nights," "You Don't Know Me,"

"What A Wonderful World" (featuring Lane Brody), "Love Me Tender," "Let It Be Me" (featuring Alison Krauss), "Make The World Go Away," "Lovin' Arms," "Shenandoah," "We Must Be Lovin' Right," "I Can't Stop Lovin' You," "Please Help Me I'm Falling" and "What A Wonderful World (Christmas Version)" (featuring Lane Brody).

Mathis was signed to Columbia Records in the mid-1950's and he is the longest-running artist on the label, with 17 million RIAA certified album and singles sales in the US alone. Known for his sublime vocal style, Mathis is  versatile performer, recording everything from pop to jazz.

Johnny and Fred Mollin, the album's producer, assembled a group of the finest musicians in Nashville (or anywhere in the world) to record an album intentionally free of modern studio tricks. With the superb recording engineer Khyle Lenning on board to capture the sessions, Johnny recorded these songs live in the studio over the course of a week. Johnny's approach is sympathetic to the original country arrangements, with each musician performing with an extraordinary sensitivity supporting some of the most intimate vocals Mathis has ever recorded.

Perhaps best-known for his landmark singles (three of



 

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