The holidays are a special time to be together with loved ones. Whether it’s with friends or family, or your chosen family, it’s comforting to enjoy each others company. Unfortunately, some people cannot be with their loved ones over the holidays, making it a very emotional time.
“Songs like ‘Blue Christmas’ and ‘Last Christmas’ lament the end of relationships, but few holiday songs recognize the family members and friends we simply can’t spend the holidays with — which is a common reality for most,” said Ralph Hamelmann, Executive Director of Spectra Entertainment. “I wanted to create a song that would comfort anyone who is dealing with loss, separation or isolation during the holidays.”
This past summer, 12 members from the Spectra talent contest, Canada’s most inclusive talent competition, recorded If You’re Not Here at Christmas, a Canadian song that pays tribute to death, estrangement, other commitments, or physical distance.
The CD single, If You’re Not Here At Christmas, has hit #1 on Nielson’s SoundScan Canadian singles chart and has already been certified Gold by Music Canada.
The new song, If You’re Not Here At Christmas, celebrates diversity and proceeds from music sales will go to the Rainbow Association of Canadian Artists, a not-for-profit organization which helps LGBT musicians.
The recording was produced by Juno award winner, Gavin Bradley, and was co-written with Gemini award winner, Paul Bellini (Kids In The Hall and This Hour Has 22 Minutes).
If You’re Not Here at Christmas is available through iTunes for pre-sales.