In an early Christmas surprise for fans, Bon Jovi has released a new original holiday song “Christmas Isn’t Christmas” on Island Records. Recorded recently in Nashville, the song is available to stream or download today.
Jon Bon Jovi said of the songwriting and recording, “‘Christmas Isn’t Christmas’ is a song that I wrote about family. The sentiment that Christmas really isn’t Christmas without YOU which can bring up a lot of memories for people. I also liked to turn it around and know that because of you Christmas IS Christmas.” Check it out below.
Last month, Jon Bon Jovi was named as the 2024 MusiCares Person of the Year. The Grammy-winning Bon Jovi frontman will become the 33rd recipient of the honor at the Los Angeles Convention Center on Friday, February 2. The special event will take place two nights before the 66th Annual GRAMMY Awards at Crypto.com Arena.
Proceeds from the gala will provide essential support for MusiCares, which provides health and human services to music professionals across a range of needs. Bon Jovi is recognized not only for his extensive achievements in his music career, but his extensive philanthropic work.
In 2006, for example, the frontman established the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation, with the aim of disrupting the cycle of hunger, poverty and homelessness. The Foundation seeks to “recognize and maximize the human potential in those affected by hunger, poverty and homelessness by offering programs that provide food and affordable housing while supporting social services and job training programs.”
Says Bon Jovi: “I’m truly humbled to be this year’s MusiCares honoree. MusiCares’ work with music professionals is vitally important in creating much needed support and wellness programs that cultivate a healthier and more vibrant community for us all. Philanthropic work has been a cornerstone of my life and has always run in tandem to my music career and achievements. Nearly two decades ago when I formed the JBJ Soul Foundation and JBJ Soul Kitchens, I saw firsthand and continue to see today the impact of charitable community-based work. I know this for sure: helping one’s community is helping one’s self.”