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JJ Heller

JJ Heller

Artist Biography

When Christmas comes around each year and I hear the jazzy sounds of The Vince Guaraldi Trio playing "A Charlie Brown Christmas," or Bing Crosby singing "White Christmas," I'm somehow transported to another place. I hear just a few notes of these familiar tunes, and somehow I'm six again opening stockings with my family, or driving around my neighborhood looking at Christmas lights. This music; these memories fill me with nostalgia. These are the feelings I wanted to capture when I set out to make my own Christmas album, "Unto Us".

When I was a little girl, my family listened to the same vinyl record by the artist Evie each time we decorated the tree. We also had a tradition of pulling my grandparents' Christmas tree to the middle of the room, and then all my cousins and I danced around it to a polka record. It’s hard for me to think of a Christmas memory that doesn't involve music. I love that my music can now be a part of someone else's Christmas playlist! This Christmas season, I'm thrilled to share the thirteen tracks on "Unto Us" with you. My dream is for this album to become your soundtrack to countless family Christmas memories for years to come.

While researching other Christmas records, I was repeatedly drawn to the familiar old classics. Because there's so much familiarity and tradition surrounding Christmas, I knew I needed to create tracks that felt like they always existed and "Unto Us" is stuffed like a stocking full of songs that you already know and love.

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