24 December 2020 22:32
In every holiday season, there is a debate that springs eternal: what is the best Christmas song? I am talking, of course, about José Feliciano's 1970 classic "Feliz Navidad." In celebrating the 50th anniversary of the song, Feliciano sat down with Amazon Music to discuss the legacy of the bilingual hit. In 1970, he released an album of Christmas standards which included his new song, "Feliz Navidad." The song has remained a beloved holiday staple ever since. In the interview, Feliciano said, "I thought, I'm going to write a song that radio stations can't make excuses about. I love "Feliz Navidad" because not only is it an irrepressibly catchy melody, but it's the easiest song to sing.
That's because Feliciano never bothered with verses, making the song all chorus all the time. I mean, most folks only remember the chorus of a song anyway, right? Having a song that is entirely chorus is like eating a meal that's entirely dessert—to which I say, bring on the figgy pudding and candy canes! Próspero año y felicidad I wanna wish you a merry Christmas I wanna wish you a merry Christmas It's just wishing the listener a sincere and heartfelt Merry Christmas, a prosperous and happy year. So many Christmas songs are about romance or Jesus or trying to seduce Santa Claus into giving you more presents.
Thanks to all of the incredible artists and performers and especially the FANS for making this anniversary so special!" José wrote in the video description for the song. Lending their voices to the newly reimagined, re-recording include Isabela Merced, CNCO, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Jason Mraz, Jencarlos Canela, Adam Irigoyen, Rachael Ray, Shaggy, Jon Secada and of course José Feliciano himself. Also in the video are Gloria Gaynor, Big & Rich, Michael Bolton, Los Temerarios, Emmanuel, Isabella Castillo, Pitingo, Patricia Manterola, Jesus Molina, La India, Julio Iglesias Jr., Tony Carreira, Bertin Osborne, Pablo Montero, El Dasa, Nikki Vianna, Gord Bamford, Leo Dan, Frankie J, Sam Moore, and Styx. José Feliciano – Feliz Navidad 50th Anniversary José Feliciano's "Feliz Navidad" has been given a star-studded music video to celebrate its 50-year anniversary. Over 30 A-list artists joined forces remotely in honour of the most famous global, bilingual song of all time.
Today, Anthem Records released worldwide the music video for global icon José Feliciano's "Feliz Navidad 50th Anniversary (FN50)", thenewly reimagined, re-recording of his bilingual classic, "Feliz Navidad." Watch the video HERE. The video was directed by Helen Murphy and Kash Tahen, and was initially released this month exclusively to Amazon Unlimited Members as part of a wider global Feliz Navidad 50th partnership with Amazon. The music video continues the 50th anniversary celebration of Feliciano's timeless holiday classic, "Feliz Navidad," the most famous, global bilingual song of all time. The video features over 30 A-list artists and celebrities from around the world, who remotely joined forces to honor José and create this very special celebratory visual. The roster of performing artists featured in the "Feliz Navidad 50th Anniversary (FN50)" music video includes: José Feliciano, CNCO, Isabela Merced, Shaggy, Jon Secada, Jason Mraz, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Rachael Ray, Gloria Gaynor, Big & Rich, Michael Bolton, Los Temerarios, Emmanuel, Isabella Castillo, Jencarlos Canela, Pitingo, Patricia Manterola, Jesus Molina, La India, Julio Iglesias Jr., Tony Carreira, Bertin Osborne, Pablo Montero, El Dasa, Nikki Vianna, Adam Irigoyen, Gord Bamford, Leo Dan, Frankie J, Sam Moore, and Styx. Marking the first ever music video for "Feliz Navidad" in its 50-year history, director Kash Tahen used groundbreaking special effects and animation to bring together all the elements of the "Feliz Navidad 50th Anniversary" celebration. Presenting its own set of challenges in the era of COVID-19, the making of the video involved a lengthy and detailed planning process, starting with each of the 30+ artists having to record their own audio and video from their respective home countries in their own studios. As the digital files were submitted, they were put through a meticulous analyzation process, and assembled by Helen Murphy and the Anthem Records team in consultation with FN50 music producer Rudy Perez, for inclusion in the video based on the vocals and parts of the song that each artist sang. In post-production, Tahen then created a virtual global studio using special effects meant to transport the viewers from one studio room to another. As an example, glass windows were used to create the illusion that artists like Shaggy and Jon Secada and Jason Mraz were recording in rooms next to each other. The visuals were designed to allow the viewer to be immersed in a virtual recording studio, watching world-renowned artists singing and recording together, in turn fostering the unity that underlies the meaning of "Feliz Navidad." The result is a groundbreaking, magical music video that has no traces of the time it was created in, and that sets a new standard for multi-artist global productions.