Apple Music Releases Second Annual Collection of Exclusive Holiday Songs

Apple Music is back this year with another star lineup for covered songs, a collection of exclusive holiday songs.

The collection launched on November 19 with 15 songs and 10 more songs from international artists added after the official launch. Artists featured at the initial launch include Ari Lennox, Wolf Alice, Griff, and Tate McRae, among others. French singer-songwriter Barbara Pravi, Chinese multi-genre singer Tia Ray and Mexican singer and pop actress Danna Paola are some of the international artists who will appear in the collection in the future. Last year, Chants covered 2020 started with artists such as Arlo Parks, Victoria Monét and FLETCHER.

This year, every song in the 2021 collection will be available in spatial audio, Apple’s new audio technology. This technology makes sound appear to be coming from all around you when using compatible AirPods and an Apple device.

Gabby Barrett, whose version of “Silent Night” appears in this year’s collection, chose the tune because it is one of her favorite Christmas songs and contains fond memories of her childhood.

“I think what really strikes me about the story of the silent night is that it talks about the birth of our Lord, with the words of ‘Son of God, love the pure light, the radiant rays of your holy face with the dawn of redeeming grace, Jesus Lord of your birth. Jesus Lord of your birth. ‘ And so the whole song is just about that night that Christ was born and it’s detailed and describes what the night looked like. And I think it’s just a beautifully written song. I think it’s so beautifully written with lyrics, a song that speaks of a calm and silent night and expresses the wonders of a newborn baby, our dawning Lord. And so I think it’s just beautiful in every way, and I’m so glad everyone is hearing it, ”Barrett said.

Joy Oladokun covered “Jingle Bells”, which she describes as a sign that Christmas is approaching.

“I decided to cover Jingle Bells just because it’s a funny song. Everyone has a wacky version that they sing in a car or as a version that they grew up listening to. It’s a cool representative of the Christmas season that doesn’t necessarily have religious or spiritual overtones. It’s literally about the sounds and vibes of the season. I think there’s an underlying stream of joy, you know what it’s like to have a snow day and a sled and to kind of experience the movement and the serenity and the cold and the family time that sort of comes with the season. And I feel like Jingle Bells is kind of talking about that nostalgia, that joy, and that feeling. I think a lot of my music is sort of focused on time and the seasons and how they make us feel and how I feel and process things as the world goes by. And I think Christmas is always a time when even though life is tough, there is still that sense of togetherness and goodwill in the air, ”said Oladokun.

“Jingle Bells conjures up childhood memories and just the anticipation that comes with Christmas. Because you hear it everywhere and it’s almost like Jingle Bells is that audible countdown. You hear it at the grocery store. and you say to yourself, oh my God, Christmas is coming. And someone is humming it at school and you say to yourself, Christmas is coming. And so, I think it reminds me of that tension and then the excitement of what I get? Or what am I going to give? And just be a kid in the magic of this season, “she concluded.

To verify covered songs here.

Photo of Gabby Barrett by Robby Klein.

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