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John Driskell Hopkins

(& Atlanta Pops Orchestra)

“You’re A Mean One Mr. Grinch/Welcome Christmas”

What inspired you to record a holiday song?

I have been inspired by holiday music as long as I can remember. It seems natural to me to record holiday songs.

What is your fondest holiday memory as a kid?

The magic of the hesitation before Santa’s reveal has always been my fondest memory. My brothers and I would stand in our pajamas waiting to see if Santa has blessed us with presents for our good behavior. 

Those moments before the actual revelation of Santa’s bounty are the most precious that I can remember.

Do you still get excited about seeing gifts under the tree? What was your most favorite surprise?

Yes! Santa brought me a Les Paul that I still use on stage today.

Do you have any special holiday family traditions you would like to share?

My family has an amazing time playing white elephant.

What is your favorite Christmas/holiday song (that isn’t yours)?

Andy Williams

It’s the most wonderful time of the year

What inspired you to write a Christmas/holiday song?


What charity do you support?

Cystic fibrosis Foundation

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