What does this have to do with anything? Stick with me for a second.
Jason Manns is an independent artist. I'd describe his sound as a soulful folk pop. I like his sound a lot. He's got three albums on Amazon, including last year's "Move", if you want to check them out. And I was a bit disappointed that I missed his Kickstarter campaign, last Christmas, for this year's coming Christmas album. Still, although I won't be buying as much as I have in seasons past, this one was on my list.
As it happens, Jensen Ackles (Dean in Supernatural) plays guitar, writes songs and, from time to time, even sings. He's played and sung a lot with Steve Carlson and...Jason Manns. And, judging from the Instagram feeds, Jensen is highly likely to be among the friends on Jason's "Christmas With Friends". See, I told you we'd tie this together.
Jensen's not the only musical friend Jason has. He's not even his only friend with ties to Supernatural. Julie McNiven will be providing some vocals on the record. Ah, I love redheads. You might know Julie from Mad Men, but Supernatural fans will remember her as the fallen angel Anna Milton from seasons four and five. And who knows what other friends will drop in? Castiel, is that you? (Well, we can hope). Contrary to some of the twitter on Twitter, I'm not expecting Jason's album to be "a love letter" to Supernatural fans. But I was already looking forward to this one and the tie-in just gives it a little more juice for me. Should be a blast.
"Christmas With Friends" officially releases December 1, but pre-orders (for folks who missed the Kickstarter campaign, like me) are being accepted now. Jason doesn't plan on making a lot of extra copies, initially. And, given that his Kickstarter goal was $5000 and he actually raised over $43,000, pre-order is the way to go if you want your copy before Christmas (cause $43,000 equals a whole lot of pre-orders).