Best known for his 2000s hits, “Brand New Girlfriend” and “Good Morning Beautiful,” Steve Holy has released his first album in nearly a decade, and just in time for the holiday season. A Christmas To Remember is a 10-track record filled with Christmas classics and one original, which stands as the title track.
Starting off the record with his new single “A Christmas To Remember,” written by Sam and Joe Hunter, Holy embraces the traditional holiday sound. This song reveals a vision of coming together in a warm, peaceful home with loved ones, and taking a near second to ignore the hustle and bustle of the holiday season to enjoy the calm night.
“Let’s make this a Christmas to remember/Gather round the tree, share a memory or two/And join your host and toast our time together/Watch the fire glow, reminisce the whole night through,” Holy sings.
“From the first listen, it brought tears to my eyes,” he says. “This a universally relatable lyric and, as a new Christmas song, it feels like a song that could be around for years. To me, this song embodies all the trademarks of the best-known songs for this season: family, friends, love, positivity, and a melody that you can’t shake.”
Holy’s original addition blends perfectly with the classics included on the record, such as “Here Comes Santa Claus,” “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas,” “Jingle Bell Rock,” “Let It Snow,” and more.
Growing up in a warm climate meant that the song, “Let It Snow” was only applicable to the imagination, rather than the reality of having a sparkling white blanket cover Dallas, TX on Christmas morning. But the lack of snow didn’t stop Holy from dreaming of having this kind of weather, when listening to this song.
“My father Hank’s birthday was December 24th and this whole album is a collection of songs our family listened to on Christmas Eve,” Holy told Country Now. “Growing up in Dallas, we were certainly deprived of snow which, I guess, is the reason this song was a must back then and for this album. For most people, the word “Christmas” usually conjures up images of trees, wreaths and, invariably, snow. This one quickly puts you in a holiday mood.”
Taking a more smooth turn in the track list is “Santa Claus Is Back In Town,” which was originally recorded by one of Holy’s biggest musical inspirations, the king, Elvis Presley.
“I am a huge Elvis Presley fan and I love the way this song combines the holidays and bluesy grunge. Of course, this song shows a sexy side to Christmas so it’s not one that most artists include. However, the influence Elvis has had on my music over the years is undeniable and I can’t imagine releasing a Christmas album that doesn’t pay homage to him in a couple of places.”
And finally, ending with another Presley masterpiece is “If Every Day Was Like Christmas.” This final track is extra special because it contains some of the best vocals yet, by Holy’s two daughters, Ava and Ella.
“This is one of my all-time favorite Christmas songs,” Holy explained. “It sounds like an optimist’s prayer to me, and the message is something we should all strive for. It would be a wonderful world if we could approach our family, friends, and strangers with the same compassion we do for a few days in December. And I couldn’t be prouder than I am to have my girls Ava and Ella’s voices be the last thing you hear on this album.”