Feminism and Christmas Music Unite: Elektra Entertainment Releases All-Women Album, A Very Cozy Christmas
Who run Christmas music? Girls. That’s right, Elektra Entertainment has compiled an all-women singer-songwriter album of classic Christmas covers and originals for the holiday season. From conception to A&R, mixing and mastering, along with creative direction and artwork creation – even behind-the-scenes were led by a team of women to produce A Very Cozy Christmas.
The female artists of A Very Cozy Christmas include a combination of rising talent, artists like RIAA Gold-Certified singer-songwriter Sara Kays, Season 14 winner of The Voice Brynn Cartelli, social media stars Sydney Rose, Hailey Haus, and Emmy Meli, and others. Sara Kays notes her attachment to the album, stating:
“‘Last Christmas’ is one of my favorite Christmas songs because it just sounds like a sad breakup song wrapped up in a Christmas theme. I had a lot of fun doing my own version of it, and I’m honored to be a part of this compilation alongside so many other talented artists!”
Kays’ song is the third track featured on the twelve-song playlist, with a soprano version of “The First Noel” by Isabel Pless and a somber “I’ll Be Home For Christmas (feat. Ella Jane)” by Cece Coakley preceding it.
Emmy Meli puts the cozy in A Very Cozy Christmas for the next track, with her rendition of “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.” The song gives off home-for-the-holidays vibes – her voice and the piano seemingly right in your hometown living room. The next song on the cozy Christmas album is “O Holy Night” by Brynn Cartelli. We can “hear the angel voices” in this one as Cartelli beautifully sings the lyrics, highlighting her low and serene vocals.
Hailey Haus gives goosebumps with her intense version of “Mary, Did You Know?” in the next track, offering music that will move you during this season of sentiment. Moreover, Sydney Rose keeps the passion flowing and doesn’t disappoint in “Silent Night,” as her gentle, graceful, and smooth singing voice makes you feel at peace with the world.
Most famously known by Elvis, “Blue Christmas” is the eighth track of the album and gives a short and sweet acoustic version by Laura Elliot, while Hannah Cole delivers a whimsical original song titled, “Best Day,” after. In the original song, Cole recollects the memories of Christmas spent with family and nostalgic blunders that still make it special.
Leanna Firestone most obviously puts her own twist on “Santa Baby,” with monotone vocals and sarcastic drip throughout the song, highly contrasting the original song’s flirtatious and “innocent” theme. The consistent drums also highlight the different approach Firestone was going for, changing the original instrumentals from subtle to robust. Interestingly, the song begins as you might imagine “Santa Baby,” then surprises listeners with strong drums and firm vocals.
Before hitting the last original song on the track, Jenna Doe sings a dreamy adaptation of “All I Want For Christmas Is You” for the eleventh song of A Very Cozy Christmas. The instrumentals are almost muffled like a dream, while the harmony and melody themselves are in slow-motion – contradictory to the original, but bringing about a tone that changes the message of the song itself. In the original, there’s cheerful tones to portray that the person desired is already had, while Doe’s version portrays someone she wants – seemingly out of reach with somber undertones.
The last song of the women-empowered Christmas album is an original by Carol Ades, titled “First Christmas.” The song is about feeling at home as you attend your first Christmas with a new flame. Carol Ades posts the song on her TikTok and writes the caption, “pov you’re a gay Jewish girl but your dream is to write a Christmas song.”
Can we applaud Elektra Entertainment for their creative partnership between feminism and Christmas music? You can’t go wrong in the joining of these two powerful crusades! We love everything about this album and can’t wait to hear your thoughts on A Very Cozy Christmas. This holiday season, bring the gift of feminist Christmas music to your parties and gatherings!
A Very Cozy Christmas TRACKLIST
1. “The First Noel” – Isabel Pless
2. “I’ll Be Home For Christmas (feat. Ella Jane)” – Cece Coakley
3. “Last Christmas” – Sara Kays
4. “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” – Emmy Meli
5. “O Holy Night” – Brynn Cartelli
6. “Mary, Did You Know?” – Hailey Haus
7. “Silent Night” – Sydney Rose
8. “Blue Christmas” – Laura Elliott
9. “Best Day” – Hannah Cole (ORIGINAL SONG)
10. “Santa Baby” – Leanna Firestone
11. “All I Want For Christmas Is You” – Jenna Doe
12. “First Christmas” – Carol Ades (ORIGINAL SONG)