DELTA GOODREM SURPRISES FANS WITH THE RELEASE OF A BRAND NEW CHRISTMAS ALBUM ONLY SANTA KNOWS
ALL YOUR CLASSIC FESTIVE SEASON FAVOURITES
PLUS TWO NEW ORIGINAL SONGS INCLUDING TITLE TRACK ‘ONLY SANTA KNOWS’ AND
‘MERRY CHRISTMAS TO YOU’ WITH OLIVIA NEWTON-JOHN
Surprising fans around the world, Delta Goodrem has today released her brand new Christmas album, ONLY SANTA KNOWS through Sony Music Entertainment Australia. The album is available to purchase or download here with a vinyl copy of the album due for release on December 11th.
“The world has gone through so much this year, so bringing a lot of love and light at Christmas time was very important to me. I was sharing stories during lockdown about how much I love Christmas, and that inspired the writing of ‘Only Santa Knows’. From there, I went on to produce and record the album,” explains Delta.
ONLY SANTA KNOWS is packed with festive season favourites including ‘Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas’, ‘Rocking Around The Christmas Tree’, ‘Santa Claus Is Coming To Town’, ‘Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer’, along with the much loved classic of ‘Carol Of The Bells’, ‘Silent Night’ featuring the soaring vocals of Gurrumul, ‘River’, ‘White Christmas’ and ‘Grown Up Christmas List’ with every single song conveying the joy and warmth of the holiday season. ONLY SANTA KNOWS also features two original holiday songs, the title track ‘Only Santa Knows’ plus ‘Merry Christmas To You’ featuring long-time friend, Olivia Newton-John. The album has been produced by Delta Goodrem and Matthew Copley, with ‘Silent Night’ produced by Michael Hohnen.
Delta ensured that the record had her own personal touch that she is so well known for, with her piano fingerprints and all instruments being played live. From the range of emotions and tempos included in the record – from triumphant to heartfelt pieces alongside choirs & string arrangements, when curating the track listing she took great inspiration from Frank Sinatra and playlists with staple Christmas songs. From there, she narrowed her extensive list down to songs which felt timeless, and of course songs she could put her own touch on to make the record.
Talking about the songs that feature on ONLY SANTA KNOWS, Delta comments “If I was to share with you what my Christmases were like growing up, it would be through the lyrics of ‘Only Santa Knows’; the cookies you leave for Santa or the carrots outside for the reindeer. And that I truly believed in the magic of Christmas and still do.
“With songs like ‘Rocking Around The Christmas Tree’, I wanted to have those moments on the record where it can be on the background and will get the family up and dancing around the Christmas tree.
“When I was in the middle of my weekly Bunkerdown sessions, I had a request for ‘River’ and I fell in love with singing the song. I realised that at the start of the song, the theme of ‘Jingle Bells’ was so powerful that I wanted to bring that out in the strings. Then when I was playing it on the piano, I thought this was a really special choice as a Christmas song to be a part of the record.
“’Grown Up Christmas List’ has a nice message as we come to the close of the record. The last song on the album is with my dear friend & mentor, Olivia Newton-John, somebody who has been a huge part of my life and my career. When I approached Olivia, I said, ‘The world’s gone through so much this year, and I’ve written a song called ‘Merry Christmas To You’, talking about the fact that for some people, Christmas can be a really hard time of year.’ I feel honoured that Olivia and I finish this last song on the album together.”
ONLY SANTA KNOWS TRACK LISTING:
1. Carol Of The Bells
2. Only Santa Knows
3. The Little Drummer Boy
4. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
5. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
7. Rocking’ Around The Christmas Tree
8. White Christmas
9. Santa Clause Is Coming To Town
10. Deck The Halls
11. Silent Night (Delta Goodrem & Gurrumul) ** Gurrumul vocal recorded In 2014
12. Grown Up Christmas List
13. Merry Christmas To You (Delta Goodrem & Olivia Newton-John)
ABOUT DELTA GOODREM
Whilst 2020 has seen the world go through unprecedented times, for Delta Goodrem it’s been a year that has seen her release incredibly powerful pieces of music and connect with fans like only she can do. In April, Global Citizen together with Lady Gaga reached out and invited Goodrem to perform as part of the online One World: Together At Home festival in support of the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund for the World Health Organization. Delta was the only artist performing in Australia, with the event capturing over 270 million viewers who had tuned in around the world.
On Anzac Day, April 25th, Delta was one of four hosts of the Music From The Home Front live music event broadcast on the Nine Network, and performed ‘Down Under’ with Men At Work’s Colin Hay. In January, Delta was inspired to write ‘Let It Rain’ after seeing the devastation from the bushfires across Australia. She teamed up with Apple Music, Sony Music, and iHeart radio for the release, with all proceeds going to aid with Red Cross bushfire relief. In February she took to the stage in front of 70,000 fans at ANZ Stadium as part of the Fire Fight Australia concert which was broadcast nationally on Foxtel. Her incredibly moving performance of ‘Let It Rain’ was included on the album release of songs from the day, Artists Unite For Fire Fight: Concert For National Bushfire Relief.
Keen to connect with her fans from all over the world, Delta launched The Bunkerdown SessIons via her social media platforms 23 weeks ago. Performing live deep cuts from her extensive catalogue and some new pieces she had been working on, on the seventh week she surprised and delighted fans by performing ‘Keep Climbing’ for the first time. In July, Delta released the very personal ‘Paralyzed’, which she then followed a few weeks later with an honest account of the meaning behind the song. In October she released another taste from her next studio album – set for release in 2021 – ‘Solid Gold’, which has been embraced by fans around the world Including a special performance on The Kelly Clarkson Show.
She also launched Delta Goodrem Foundation, which strives to spread kindness, hope and support for those facing illness, hardship and Inequality. With a lead collaboration with St Vincent’s Hospital in Sydney, to help fund medical research in cellular therapy for blood cancers and auto-immune disease with $1+ GST from every ticket purchased to the BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED DREAMS TOUR being donated to the Foundation – visit deltagoodremfoundation.org
Delta also returned this year as the longest serving Coach on The Voice Australia, and celebrated 150 episodes in June. Goodrem has mentored her artists to victory, as the winning coach for the 2016 & 2017 seasons of The Voice and was the winning coach on the first ever English- speaking version of The Voice Kids.
Delta will be back out on the road in April and May 2021 on her Bridge Over Troubled Dreams Australian Arena tour, with tickets on sale now.
BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED DREAMS
AUSTRALIAN TOUR DATES 2021
Thursday 8 April 2021 Brisbane Entertainment Centre, Brisbane
Friday 9 April 2021 Gold Coast Convention & Exhibition Centre, Gold Coast Saturday 10 April 2021 Qudos Bank Arena, Sydney
Tuesday 13 April 2021 Royal Theatre, Canberra
Thursday 15 April 2021 WIN Entertainment Centre, Wollongong
Friday 16 April 2021 Adelaide Entertainment Centre Arena, Adelaide
Saturday 17 April 2021 RAC Arena, Perth
Thursday 29 April 2021 Townsville Entertainment Centre, Townsville
Saturday 1 May 2021 Newcastle EntertaInment Centre, Newcastle
Sunday 2 May 2021 Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne
All tickets are available from Ticketed with the exception of Wollongong, with tickets available from Ticketmaster.