The Album - Tracklist
Dragon and Sharon O'Neill - Noel
Hollie Smith and The All Stars - O' Holy Night
Elemeno P - We Wish You a Merry Christmas
The Patea Maori Club - Silent Night
The Earlybirds - Merry Christmas Everybody
The Chills - I Saw Three Ships
Peter and Margaret Urlich - The Christmas Song
Jan Hellriegel and Dick Johnson - Joy to the World
The Feelers - Jingle Bells
The Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra - Feliz Navidad
The Jordan Luck Band and Monique Rhodes - The Xmas Song (War is Over)
Plus: Rugby stars Neemia Tialata and Rodney So'oialo and actor Antonia Prebble from Outrageous Fortune sing original Christmas songs composed by two 16 year old competition winners
NEW ZEALAND'S FAVOURITE CHRISTMAS SONGS SUNG BY NEW ZEALAND'S FAVOURITE ARTISTS
In early 2009, after becoming dismayed with the child abuse statistics in New Zealand singer songwriter Monique Rhodes decided to put together "Merry Christmas Baby", a charity album in support of the Royal Plunket Society of New Zealand. The project enlisted the talents of New Zealand musicians and comprised mostly of original Christmas songs written by the artists. The album reached platinum sales during the 2009 festive season and earned Monique a nomination for 'New Zealander of the year'.
This year Monique has gone one step further creating what she hopes will be the iconic New Zealand Christmas album. 'So This Is Christmas' features a stunning line up of New Zealand musicians performing their renditions of traditional Christmas classics. Included are duets from Peter and Margret Urlich, Dragon and Sharon O'Neill alongside performances by Jordan Luck, The Chills, Elemeno P, Hollie Smith, The Feelers.
Also working with Monique on the project was Mike Chunn from 'Play it Strange'. This collaboration produced an original song writing competition that ran through 450 schools nationwide in the search for two talented young New Zealanders. The first winner Danielle Rana recorded her song with rugby stars Rodney So'oialo & Neemia Tialata, the second, Massad, with Antonia Prebble from 'Outragous Fortune'.
Jordan Luck and Monique Rhodes