In this week’s edition of What’s Going On, it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas. The holidays are right around the corner, so we’ve got new Christmas songs from Limahl, Jonas Brothers, Goo Goo Dolls, Emma Madison and Chrissy Metz. If you dig what you’re hearing, be sure to stream and follow these artists for your dose of holiday cheer.
Goo Goo Dolls – Beloved rockers Goo Goo Dolls have recently released a fabulous new Christmas album It’s Christmas All Over. ‘This Is Christmas’, the lead single and the first of two original songs on their first-ever album is a lush ballad that captures the sound of classic Christmas music. It’s Christmas All Over was recorded during lockdown and includes a collection of covers of iconic holiday hits such as ‘Let It Snow’, ‘Hark! The Herald Angels Sing’ and Tom Petty’s ‘It’s Christmas All Over’, as well as several rarities and a jazz-infused medley finale. Goo Goo Dolls frontman John Rzeznik says: “This album we dedicate to everyone, everywhere, who still believes in hope. God knows we need a lot of hope this year. From the deepest part of our hearts, Happy holidays from all of us to all of you.”
Listen to Goo Goo Dolls’ ‘This Is Christmas’ below.
Jonas Brothers – After spreading holiday cheer with last year’s ‘Like It’s Christmas’, Jonas Brothers are back with ‘I Need You Christmas’ – their new original Christmas single. ‘I Need You Christmas’ is a tender ballad with warm piano and soft strings that is sure to become a holiday staple. Last year’s Jonas Brothers festive tune received high praise from outlets like Billboard, Rolling Stone, and Vulture and we’re sure ‘I Need You Christmas’ will as well. On what they hope to achieve with ‘I Need You Christmas’, the brothers say: “With having such a crazy year, we all really need something to look forward to. For us, this song stirs up memories of childhood snowball fights and finding the nearest hill to sled. It brings us back to spending time with family setting up the Christmas tree. Hopefully it can bring you guys the same feelings of warmth and happiness that creating it has brought us.”
Listen to Jonas Brothers’ ‘I Need You Christmas’ below.
Emma Madison – Southern California-based teen sensation Emma Madison has released ‘It’s Christmas’, her festive single. Emma Madison’s holiday single showcases her rich vocals and her signature brand of uplifting empowering lyrics, this time delivering a message of spreading holiday joy. The 15-year old singer drew on past family holiday experiences and traditions to write a song that delivers an instant burst of Christmas cheer. ‘It’s Christmas’ also touches on the importance of giving back during the holiday season, ensuring that everyone can enjoy the most wonderful time of the year. On the feeling she was hoping to capture with ‘It’s Christmas’, Emma Madison says: “With this song, my goal was to capture the overall feeling the holiday season brings. The unexplainable mix of excitement and anticipation; the sense of unity that shines bright through hard times.”
Listen to Emma Madison’s ‘It’s Christmas’ below.
Limahl – 80s icon Limahl, known for his work with new wave band Kajagoogoo and his soaring The Neverending Story theme song, is back with a brand new Christmas single. Having had a lifelong love of Christmas and for holiday music, recording a Christmas song of his own was always in the cards for Limahl. Working with jazz pianist/singer Jon Nickoll and producer Ian Curnow, Limahl was able to create a warm ballad that speaks to the joy of experiencing Christmases in London – a city where Limahl has lived all his life. After winning the hearts of fans around the world during his time with Kajagoogoo, working with electronic music pioneer Giorgio Moroder and his own solo material, it’s great to have new festive music from the neverending talent Limahl.
Listen to Limahl’s ‘One Wish For Christmas’ below.
Chrissy Metz – Award-winning actress Chrissy Metz brings so much joy into our lives as Kate Pearson on NBC’s juggernaut This Is Us and now she’s dropped her rendition of ‘I’ll Be Home For Christmas’ – the Bing Crosby holiday classic. After showcasing her vocal ability on This Is Us, it’s no surprise that Chrissy signed a record deal with Universal Music Group Nashville earlier this year. Chrissy’s heartwarming take on ‘I’ll Be Home For Christmas’ will tug on your heartstrings and will be the perfect soundtrack to your family’s tender holiday moments. On why she chose to cover the classic Christmas standard, Chrissy Metz says: “I’ll Be Home For Christmas is not only nostalgic but incredibly special to me because it’s my Mom’s favorite Christmas song. This year it takes on a whole new meaning as we all more than ever want to be with loved ones, especially during the holiday season.”
Listen to Chrissy Metz’s ‘I’ll Be Home For Christmas’ below.