Christmas classics with a new twist

In typical fashion, there is an abundance of newly released Christmas tunes this year. Personally, I love the classics, but some of the new releases are worth a listen. Take, for instance, Lady Gaga’s White Christmas where she actually takes the liberty of adding an extra verse of her own to make the song longer. There’s also the controversial collaboration of Justin Beiber and Mariah Carey. In my opinion, you just can’t really get much better on All I Want For Christmas than Mariah’s original. We could also do without that creepy video of Justin and Mariah being flirty as well.

Summer Christmas

Have you ever wondered when artists actually record these songs in order to have them recorded, mixed, and released in time for the Holidays? Many artists usually start the process during the summer months. The same is true for indie-pop singer-songwriter Ingrid Michaelson, who’s new Christmas album process led to her recording session in late September. To get in the mood for the session, the studio was actually decorated with a little tree and lights, and they even sipped eggnog just to be festive. But, according to Ingrid’s manager, Lynn Grossman, it doesn’t take much to get her into the Christmas spirit. Lynn, who affectionately calls her artist Ing, says, “I have found Ing’s priorities to be in this order: Family, followed by Christmas, then career.. she REALLY loves Christmastime, so much so that she starts including Christmas songs in her set lists during her shows as early as September.”

Funny and witty during her live performances, Ingrid Michaelson’s voice is really what gets your attention. It’s natural and flirtatious. She’s one of those artists that sound just as good live as they do on an album. Ingrid’s career was really launched by an Old Navy television ad featuring her song The Way I Am. A lot of people know it as the sweater song due to a verse in the song that Old Navy capitalised on. From there, some of her songs have been featured in Grey’s Anatomy, Scrubs, Bones, and One Tree Hill. This was probably some of the motivation behind Ingrid seeking out her current manager, Lynn, who also happens to be a Music Supervisor. These are the people that have the power to place songs in TV shows (Lynn is currently the Music Supervisor for House).

For someone who isn’t afraid to go by her real name of Ingrid as a stage name, it kind of speaks to her confident musical performances. Check out her new EP Christmas Album called Snowfall just released this past Tuesday. This one is worth a listen. Merry Christmas!

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