With the holiday season in full swing, a number of artists have put their own spin on holiday classics including Mary J. Blige, Justin Bieber, Carrie Underwood, and more exclusively for Amazon Music.
Blige offers a soulful take on the perennial classic, Wham’s “Last Christmas,” while Bieber goes the traditional route with Brenda Lee’s “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree, and Carrie Underwood shares her holiday original, “Favorite Time of Year,” that will appear on the Amazon-exclusive deluxe version of her new holiday album My Gift.
“’Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree’ has always been one of my favorite songs to celebrate the holidays, and I’m excited to team up with Amazon Music to share my own version, with my fans,” said Bieber in a statement.
“I’ve always loved how ‘Last Christmas’ walks the line between being upbeat and heartbroken – all while still remaining one of the catchiest holiday songs,” said Mary J. Blige.
Other highlights include UK singer Jess Glynne’s take on Donny Hathaway’s “This Christmas,” a new version of “In The Bleak Midwinter” by Jamie Cullum, and José Feliciano’s reimagined version of his holiday favorite, “Feliz Navidad,” to mark the 50th anniversary of the crossover hit.
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Along with the series of Amazon Music originals, the participating artists have also teamed up with Amazon for its “Delivering Smiles” holiday campaign, to give back to charitable organizations this season.
“I’m so thankful to be able to spend the season with loved ones, and to also use this opportunity to give back to LIFT, Inner-City Arts, and Alexandria House: three incredible organizations that I’ve supported in the past,” Bieber continued. “I hope my fans join me in reaching out to the communities and organizations they care about, to help spread joy to those who need it most.”
This isn’t the first time Bieber has partnered with the Los Angeles transitional shelter Alexandria House. The singer’s music video for “Intentions” featuring Quavo featured a number of women from the shelter who shared their inspirational stories. The singer also raised money for the non-profit thanks to his INTENTIONS Fund.
Along with Alexandria House, the Amazon initiative also features other non-profits including Inner-City Arts, LIFT, Westchester Jewish Community Services’ Mary J. Blige Center for Women and Girls, Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, and Boys & Girls Clubs of America.
Continuing the holiday festivities throughout December, Amazon Music will also launch a new episodic video series as part of the [Re]Discover series that will highlight the untold stories behind lasting holiday hits including, “This Christmas” by Donny Hathaway, “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)” by Darlene Love and “Feliz Navidad” by José Feliciano.
Hear all of the Amazon exclusives here.