Involving around 70 people, this festive treat features an 18-piece children's choir (Piccolo Lasso) and a host of world-class musicians who've worked with the biggest names in the industry. It was recorded at the world-famous Windmill Lane Studios in Dublin which has hosted sessions for top international acts.
Lyrics for SANTA CLAUS IS ROCKIN’
Words & Music by Glen Shire © Produced at Windmill Lane Studios, Dublin, Ireland by Simon Shire. Performed by Bradley Gillis. All rights reserved.
Verse 1 There are children in the street playing in the frozen sleet and smiling, anxiously awaiting Christmas morn There are festive songs being sung, from the church tower bells are rung...beckoning to all with faithful cheer Chorus There are Santa Claus is rockin’ parties popping never stoppin’ downtown There are just a few more days we’re counting down Waiting for Santa to arrive with the gifts of the yuletide Christmas time is here Verse 2 All the shops are really crowded, people thinking 'bout the gifts they’re buying To give to loved ones, show them that they care There’s a log fire burning softly at home when you get there Mulled wine scented candles fill the air Chorus There are Santa Claus is rockin’ parties popping never stoppin’ downtown There are just a few more days we’re counting down Waiting for Santa to arrive with the gifts of the yuletide Christmas time is here Bridge It’s been a year since Santa came to us (it's been a year since Santa came) Have you been good or bad or near enough? (have you been good or bad?) Christmas time is here (woh oh woh oh) These are the best days of the year (ba da ba da da...) Ding along ring along, ding along ring along, ding Ding along ring along, ding along ring along, sing (Ah oh oh, uh ah uh, uh uh uh..ah uh) Santa Claus loves you There are Santa Claus is rockin’ parties popping never stoppin’ downtown There are just a few more days we’re counting down Waiting for Santa to arrive with the gifts of the yuletide Christmas time is here The greatest time of the year Christmas time is here…. Happy Christmas!
Santa Claus is Rockin’, thanks to its gloriously festive, infectious sound, is quickly making its way beyond its native Ireland and onto seasonal radio playlists Stateside and worldwide. Original, energetic and filled with simply good cheer, it’s the budding new Christmas hit that we’ve been missing this whole millennium, a welcome bit of optimism and sweetness in a time of global chaos.
Driven by a seamless fusion of pop, jazz and rock and the joyfully-themed lyrics of songwriter Glen Shire, the track and its equally irresistible, merry and bright video is a powerful showcase for the charismatic New York born, Dublin-based vocalist Bradley Gillis and his soulful, velvety tones that make him one of pop music’s premiere emerging artists and performers. A full-scale, uplifting offering from “the olde country,” the track was produced at the world-famous Windmill Lane Studios, site of classic sessions for everyone from U2 and Metallica to R.E.M., The Rolling Stones, Willie Nelson, Lady Gaga and David Bowie.
In a swirl of holiday cheer, the production by Simon Shire brought together some 70 talented participants, including the nationally renowned, award winning 18-piece children’s choir Piccolo Lasso, an orchestral section, powerhouse backing singers and top Irish musicians/producers who have worked with Van Morrison, Genesis, The Cranberries, Andrew Lloyd-Webber, Westlife, Chris Rea, U2, Imelda May, Mike and the Mechanics, Riverdance and many more. Maurice Linnane, director of the video for Santa Claus is Rockin’, has filmed documentaries for U2, The Cranberries and Foo Fighters.
Explaining the song’s inspiration, its composer, Glen Shire, says, Santa Claus is Rockin’ is a musical interpretation of the innocence of a child’s limitless imagination at Christmas and an attempt to offer ‘grown-ups’ a magic carpet ride back to that perfect, blissful place in their childhood memories. While the festive season promises to be thrilling for most children who believe in it, it can be an extremely depressing time for some adults and children alike who are not so fortunate. With that in mind, the lyrics offer up pointers and imagery to help reconnect one’s self to a happier version, when life was sweet, innocent and uncomplicated. That for me is the spirit and heart of the song: reflecting, rebooting and rewarding yourself. Rhythmically, it is intended as a party song, a festive anthem, an ode to Santa Claus and above all, a salutation to children of all ages during the season of goodwill.”
Glen’s brother, Simon, Executive Producer/co-producer of the track, adds, “I had some children’s charities in mind for a yuletide release when conjuring up the crazy notion of producing a Christmas song. Having the good fortune at the time to be studying at Windmill Lane, I had access to a world-class studio, a Neve desk and a plethora of music legend contacts. I called Glen in July to ask would he be interested in writing a Christmas classic - no biggy, right? The very next day Glen had written the song, which had immediate appeal. It was cheerful, memorable and catchy even at rough-take vocals and guitar stage. Our session musicians demonstrated a masterclass on how to record to industry standard. First take. They were at the top of their game and it was a privilege to watch them in action. We have accomplished what we set out to achieve when we bring a smile to children at Christmas…and hopefully “Santa Claus is Rockin’” will remain with them forever as a soundtrack to their Decembers.”