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The Merry Makers Put Their Own Stamp On Christmas

WELCOME TO OUR CHRISTMAS PARTY. Band of Merry Makers. Portrait Records / Sony Music Masterworks.

Welcome To Our Christmas Party

Album cover courtesy of Sony Masterworks.

The season comes alive in this new album from The Merry Makers: Sam Hollander and Kevin Griffin, with special guests: 3OH!3, Alex & Sierra, Andrew McMahon, Bebe Rexha, Charles Kelley, Christina Perri, Dan Wilson, David Hodges, David Ryan Harris, Firekid, Jason Wade, Mark McGrath, Michael “Fitz” Fitzpatrick, Natasha Bedingfield, Nick Hexum, Owl City, Sinclair, Smallpools, Streetcorner Symphony, The Grand Southern, The Mowglis and Tyler Glenn.

Christmas Party is a real throwback record, recalling the days when crooners would celebrate the season by reinventing the Christmas song. Remember how Elvis Presley’s holiday music would stop you dead in your tracks and compel you to immerse yourself in the mad swirl of toy stores and light displays and midnight church masses? Well, that’s just what the 7 original tracks and 4 re-imagined classics on Christmas Party are about: re-connecting you with yourself and long-buried childhood memories as the world adjourns to acknowledge the birth of the Christ.

There are 11 songs on Christmas Party and every cut has something to say, but the infectious, dance-driven “Snow Snow Snow,” the hymnal “O Holy Night” and the deeply contemplative “Auld Lang Syne” stand just a little bit taller.

In the spirit of the season, The Merry Makers are donating a portion of the proceeds from every album/track sold to MusiCares.

by John Aiello

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This entry was posted on December 7, 2015 by in 2015, December 2015, In the Spotlight, Rat On Music and tagged , .
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