Amazon Music today announced its biggest season of holiday programming yet, with brand-new exclusive Christmas songs arriving today from artists across the globe – including Camila Cabello‘s cover of “I’ll Be Home for Christmas.”
Even more Amazon Original Christmas songs are available to stream now, including a fresh original song from Dan + Shay called “Pick Out a Christmas Tree,” a reimagined version of Marvin Gaye’s “Purple Snowflakes” performed by Leon Bridges, a new original song, “Carta Navideña,” by Sech, and Summer Walker’s version of Marvin Gaye’s “I Want to Come Home for Christmas,” coming November 12.
Also out today is Norah Jones’ cover of “The Christmas Waltz,” Alessia Cara’s modern take on “Jingle Bell Rock,” a beautiful performance of Dean Martin’s “I’ve Got My Love To Keep Me Warm” by She & Him, Chris Tomlin’s new version of his song “Emmanuel God With Us” featuring Anne Wilson, and an all-new song from NEEDTOBREATHE, Switchfoot, and JUDAH. called “Hometown Christmas.”
“I’ve been traveling a lot since I was 15 and started working so I chose to record this song as an Amazon Original because I’ve always looked forward to being home in Miami with my family for Christmas,” said Camila Cabello. “I wanted to continue the world of my album ‘Familia’ by having it be a Mariachi rendition because I’m half Mexican and I grew up listening to Mariachi music. I’m excited to be on people’s Christmas playlists because it’s such a magical time of the year and getting to be part of the soundtrack during such an intimate family and friend holiday season is a real honor. It’s truly special and really sacred.”
“This is one of our favorite times of the year, where we’re able to bring our customers around the world a collection of brand-new music and programming to celebrate the holiday season,” said Ryan Redington, VP of music industry, Amazon Music.
“It’s always thrilling to see a spike in the charts for Christmas classics, and our Amazon Original songs for the holidays — from incredible artists like Camila Cabello, Summer Walker, and George Ezra — introduce a contemporary take on the familiar favorites that our customers love to stream. In fact, in the last three years, the top 25 most popular holiday Amazon Original songs, from artists such as Katy Perry, John Legend, and Justin Bieber, have surpassed 750 million streams globally.”
Amazon Music is celebrating the holidays across the globe, with new music arriving from international talent to light up the season. From the UK, singer/songwriter George Ezra will debut “Come on Home for Christmas,” his beautifully-reworked take on Charles Brown’s “Please Come Home for Christmas.” British Amazon Music Breakthrough artist Olivia Dean, Chinese pianist Lang Lang, and German pop-singer and songwriter Sarah Connor have each recorded their own reimagined versions of Nat King Cole’s timeless classic, “The Christmas Song.”
In addition, Latin pop-rock trio Reik will debut their rendition of “Last Christmas,” and on November 3, Marcos Witt will premiere a Spanglish version of “Noche de Paz (Silent Night) / Santa la Noche (O Holy Night)” with his daughter, Elena Witt-Guerra.
From Mexico, singers María León, Paty Cantú, and María José team up for a rendition of Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas Is You” out on November 19, and French-Canadian singer-songwriter Cœur de pirate premieres a melodic new original, “Parfait Noël.” Spanish pop band La Oreja de Van Gogh will also delight customers with their version of “Blanca Navidad.”
“When I first heard I was going to do an Amazon Original, I immediately thought of the Marvin Gaye version of ‘Purple Snowflakes,’” said Leon Bridges.
He added: “It’s one of my favorite Christmas songs and I love the classic stuff… but this one has a little bit more soul to it. There aren’t too many renditions of this song and I wanted to kind of put my own spin on it as far as figuring out the arrangement and give it the Fort Worth, Texas approach.”
“Writing original Christmas songs is difficult, because there’s already so many good songs that exist and … you feel like everything’s already been said,” shared Dan + Shay.
“One day we sat down to write our song and it sort of poured out of us—it was just the soundtrack for folks going out, families, friends going to a Christmas tree farm, or going to a store down the street and picking out a Christmas tree. We’re so excited about it and hopefully it brings a little joy this holiday season.”
“Above all, it is important to give thanks! Music has given me everything, and I am grateful and humbled to use it to give back to my fans,” said Sech.
“‘Carta Navideña’ is an original song inspired by the holiday spirit felt around the world. You can recognize the sounds often heard in the classics, but with my unique style and emotions. The lyrics express my fondest holiday memories and traditions. I hope it becomes a popular classic, too, resonating with fans and reminding them to create many happy memories and give thanks always.”
In addition to new holiday songs, Amazon Music listeners can explore hundreds of festive playlists and stations across artists and decades, including “REDISCOVER: Mariah Carey Christmas,” “Holiday Favorites,” “Christmas Past,” and “Christmas Present,” and a host of new programmed destinations.
“Fluent Holidays” is a new playlist celebrating fans who move fluidly between cultures, featuring English, Spanish and bilingual holiday tunes from artists including Reik, Sebastián Yatra, Camila Cabello, Katy Perry, and Sech. Fluent Holidays will spotlight English and Spanish language holiday classics, including new Amazon Original songs.
“Merry Mix” is a global playlist on Amazon Music featuring iconic holiday classics mixed with tomorrow’s holiday hits. And starting November 19, customers in the U.S. can check out a hosted version of Merry Mix in DJ Mode, which will feature special guests such as Mariah Carey sharing their holiday memories, the stories behind their own holiday songs, and much more.
Customers will also hear festive tracks including Bing Crosby’s “White Christmas,” Darlene Love’s “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home),” and John Legend’s “What Christmas Means to Me” with Stevie Wonder. To listen to the station, simply ask “Alexa, play Merry Mix in DJ Mode” in the Amazon Music app for iOS and Android or on Alexa-enabled devices.