It's barely November, but Season 10 "American Idol" rocker James Durbin is already in the Christmas spirit, giving a headbanging holiday gift of jingle-bell hard rock to his fans. His new Christmas single--a raucous cover of Elvis Presley's "Santa Claus Is Back In Town"--comes out tomorrow (Tuesday, November 13) on iTunes, but for those of you who like to open your presents early, you can hear it right here, right now:
"'Santa Claus Is Back In Town' has ALWAYS been my favorite Christmas song," says James. "It's Elvis, and who doesn't like Elvis? Ha!" Explaining how he and his bandmates came up with this not-so-silent-night version of the Elvis classic, James says: "One day while we were writing and recording the new record in Nashville, and we sat down with our producer James Michael and started jamming on this song. We found this killer, Van Halen-esque punk hybrid sound, and decided to record.
"Except for the background vocals, it's all one take, hence my cough and [drummer] Jeff Fabb's opening line, 'One take, come on.' We just hope everyone has as much fun with the song as we did, and has a very merry Christmas."
James Durbin's sophomore album is due out on Wind-Up Records in May 2013. In the meantime, click here to purchase "Santa Claus Is Back In town" on iTunes!
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