Subscribers to receive exclusive holiday gifts from DJ Khaled, Fred Again…, Harry Connick, Jr., John Legend, Sam Smith, and Shania Twain each day from November 25 – 30
Apple Music is getting into the giving spirit this holiday season with the return of From Apple Music With Love, a special countdown to the holidays. Each day at 8:00a PST from November 25 – 30, Apple Music subscribers will receive exclusive gifts from some of the biggest and brightest names in music, stamped with love and ready for unwrapping. This year, gifts range from live concert recordings, new renditions of favorite songs, a classic album rerelease alongside a brand new holiday album, and party-crushing mixes to close out the year. Do yourself a favor and enjoy the musical experiences we’ve put together with Apple Music listeners in mind.
Today’s exclusive gift comes from Harry Connick, Jr., where Christmas has always been about family. “I was really lucky to have a close family,” he tells Apple Music. “And that didn’t really change as my family dynamic changed and I got married and had kids. It became that much more exciting.” The holiday season for Connick was soundtracked by artists from his parents’ record collection: “Nat ‘King’ Cole to Sinatra to Bing Crosby or jazz records. Being from New Orleans there was music everywhere,” he adds. “Music on the streets, music in the clubs, it was on the radio. So, when you hear a song like ‘The Christmas Song’ or ‘Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas’, you can’t help but have memories of when you heard those songs. They’ve been a part of my life forever.”
On his fourth album of Christmas material, Connick offers his interpretations of classics such as “Jingle Bells” and “Go Tell It On the Mountain”, while penning one new original (“Make It Merry”) and re-recording three songs from his 1993 LP When My Heart Finds Christmas. “I probably wouldn’t have done it if the pandemic hadn’t happened,” he says. “I had some time in the studio and I had the ability to record things by myself.”
With Connick handling all production and instrumentation except for strings and some horns, his approach to interpreting much-loved Christmas songs was simple. “I look at the lyrics, I look at the melody in its purest form, and then I just interpret that,” he says. “It’s almost like a portrait artist painting somebody that’s sitting right in front of them and bringing their own thing to it. I know just by nature of my own experience and my personality that it’s gonna have my fingerprints all over it.” Here Connick spreads the Christmas cheer with a track-by-track breakdown of Make It Merry.
Tune in every day at 8am PST to keep counting down the holidays with an exclusive gift on Apple Music and check out Harry Connick, Jr.’s “Make It Merry” Below.