If there’s an artist out there today not afraid to rock her Christmas spirit, it’s Christina Perri. The talented singer-songwriter, known for her hit songs "Jar of Hearts" and "A Thousand Years," unveiled her new Christmas EP, A Very Merry Perri Christmas, this past October. Produced by David Hodges, the six-track EP features some of Perri’s very favorite Christmas songs, including The Carpenters’ “Merry Christmas Darling.” She also tackled the daunting task of penning an original Christmas song, “Something About December.”
I had the opportunity to speak with Perri about her new EP. She talked about her love of the holidays and Christmas music and why she wanted to make this record. Additionally, she shared how she came to select the songs for the EP, the origin of the its title , and how she plans to celebrate Christmas this year.
You recently had a pretty exciting couple of months out on tour with Jason Mraz. How was that whole experience?
That was, gosh, the best two months so far of my life. I’m pretty sure I can safely say that. Everything has been really wonderful the past 27 months. Everything kind of started and one thing keeps topping the next, and it was so nice to kind of go out with the end of my album cycle with a bang. Really with Jason and just this incredible tour, playing in venues I’ve only ever dreamt of playing in and dueting with him every night, it was just pure magic. I’ll never forget it, that’s for sure.
You’ve said that Christmas is a huge part of your family. Is that what inspired you to record A Very Merry Perri Christmas?
Yes, my first memory of singing, in general, was of a Christmas song. And then listening to Christmas music was really the first music I was ever connected to. Personally, I’ve always wanted to do something like this, and I’m sure I would have, just dependent upon how many people would hear it or not. I would have definitely made something like this no matter what. I think it’s really inevitable for me, because I have such a passion for Christmas and Christmas music. I feel like I couldn’t go any longer without doing this. This was the perfect year for me to bridge album one and album two. It just came down to really good timing, and then we got together in July and turned the studio into a winter wonderland and went for it.