Grammy nominated singer-songwriter from New England, whose vivacious Christmas hit is heard at Christmas displays all over the world.
“The House of Christmas Street”
What inspired you to record a holiday song?
Christmas is my favorite time of year, and after I’d recorded two albums of original music for children I couldn’t wait to do a Christmas album! When writing material for the album, I wanted to focus on things that no one had every written about, and I realized that everywhere I’d lived there had been a fantastically decorated Christmas house, but no one had yet written a song about that house. That’s how “The House on Christmas Street” came about.
What is your fondest holiday memory as a kid?
Coming down the stairs on Christmas morning to see that Santa had left me my most desired present…a Budding Beauty Vanity set!
Do you have any special holiday family traditions you would like to share?
On December 21st, the winter solstice, we celebrate Ribbon Candy Day in honor of my father, who passed away in 1998. His birthday on that date was so close to Christmas that all he ever wanted was a box of ribbon candy, so every year on that date my family gives out ribbon candy to strangers, and we’ve encouraged a whole bunch of our friends to do it as well.
What is your favorite Christmas/holiday song (that isn’t yours)?
Merry Christmas, Darling by The Carpenters
What are your fondest musical memories associated with the holiday season?
Since 2010 I have toured around the country at Christmas-time, doing “The House on Christmas Street” holiday concerts at the homes of decorators who synchronize their outdoor lights to my music. We’ve raised thousands of dollars for charity and I’ve had the most wonderful time!