The A Very Special Christmas holiday music series, benefitting Special Olympics, will celebrate its 26th holiday season with the release of A VERY SPECIAL CHRISTMAS: ICON on October 15th through Universal Music Enterprises. The new edition of the venerable series features 11 tracks of holiday music from some of the world’s biggest stars, some of whom have been a part of the A Very Special Christmas project since its inception, and others who are contributing tracks for the first time.
JOHN LENNON AND YOKO ONO / THE PLASTIC ONO BAND WITH THE HARLEM COMMUNITY CHOIR*, “Happy Xmas (War Is Over)”/
ROD STEWART*, “Let it Snow! Let it Snow! Let it Snow!”/
STING, “I Saw Three Ships”/
ARETHA FRANKLIN** “Winter Wonderland”/
JOSH GROBAN*, “ It Came Upon a Midnight Clear”/
JON BON JOVI, “Please Come Home for Christmas”/
TOM PETTY AND THE HEARTBREAKERS, “Christmas All Over Again”/
SHERYL CROW, “Run Rudolph Run”/ ELVIS PRESLEY*, “Blue Christmas”/
CARRIE UNDERWOOD, “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing”/ WHAM!*, “Last Christmas”
(*First time artists / **Aretha Franklin is making her second contribution to the project).
Yoko Ono commented, “’Happy Xmas (War Is Over)’ was our holiday wish for a more peaceful world, so I am happy it’s part of A Very Special Christmas. Special Olympics shows us how a more peaceful world could work, a world in which every person is valued and given the opportunity to live as full a life as possible, with the help and encouragement of a loving community.”
“O Holy Night”, a new song from international recording artist and X Factor judge, NICOLE SCHERZINGER, produced by DAVID FOSTER, will be available on the international version of the album. “I love sharing my passion for music to support a cause as fantastic as Special Olympics and really enjoyed spending time with Special Olympics athlete Greg Silvester, whose generous spirit is contagious,” said Nicole, who added: “Special Olympics athletes, like Greg, are the stars… great messengers of love and peace! It is their bright light that shines so strong, for which I am grateful.”
Learn more about ‘A Very Special Christmas’ at www.averyspecialchristmas.org.