Jason Castro Stocking Stuffer: White Christmas


jasonwhitechristmas Just in time for Christmas, Jason Castro has released a stellar version of White Christmas that speaks to his distinct artistry.

Brimming with soulful flavor and the ringing clarity of his beautifully centered head voice, this is an impressive interpretation of the Christmas classic.

I have always loved this song – it was written by Irving Berlin and became phenomenally popular, especially for the Armed Forces who were involved with World War 2.

The lyrics evoke comforting images of home and grabbed the listeners far and abroad.

 

It was an enormous success, becoming the only single in history with three separate runs at the top of the U.S. charts.  Also, until the death of Princess Diana, it was the best-selling single in musical history; however, upon her death, Elton John’s musical homage to Diana via “Candle In the Wind”, surpassed “White Christmas” in sales.

Jason adds a new and refreshing twist to this beautiful song and demonstrates enormous sensitivity through his expressive voice.  It is so gratifying to hear Jason perform songs that speak to who he is as an artist. His relaxed, effortless vocal style is just perfect for this song and the words come alive in a very special way through his poignant interpretative skills.

And, for added effect, he brings his ukelele along for the sleigh ride and, by doing so, showcases yet another distinct dimension to this song.

You can download the song here on Amazon.Com – it’s a free gift from Jason to you. Make sure you play it around the fireplace, as you bask in the magical glow of the Christmas season with family and friends.

Special thanks to ReReader for sending me this song.  As it is only available to USA residents,  I  was unable to download the song off the Amazon.Com site.

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Rosanne (Giallonardo) Simunovic began her musical career in Timmins, Ontario. She studied piano with Anne Pizzale and later, at an advanced level, with Soeur Anita Vaugeois (Sister Cecile of Les Soeurs De L’Assomption in Timmins). Her vocal and accompaniment skills were nurtured by her aunt, the late Dorothea Mascioli. When Rosanne graduated from O’Gorman High School, she moved on to the University of Toronto where she continued her piano and vocal studies while attaining a Bachelor of Arts Degree. She was hired as a piano accompanist for several musical companies, most notably, the National Ballet Of Canada. She presently holds an A.R.C.T. Teacher’s Diploma in Voice from the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. Rosanne has studied choral conducting with numerous well known Canadian Conductors, including Wayne Riddell of Montreal, Quebec and the internationally renowned Dr. Elmer Iseler. She has been a founding member of numerous community-based arts organizations: the Timmins Arts Council, later known as Arts & Culture Timmins, the Timmins Symphony Orchestra, and, the Timmins Youth Singers…as well as the TYS Alumnus choir, the Timmins Concert Singers. In 1987, she was also selected to be the conductor of the Timmins Board Of Education Choir, comprised of talented students from Grades 5 to 8. In 1988, she was elected to the Board Of Directors of the Ontario Choral Federation (now known as Choirs Ontario), where she served as Chair of the Festivals Committee for six consecutive seasons. In 1996, in honour of the Ontario Choral Federation’s 25th Anniversary, Rosanne was selected as one of 25 recipients of the OCF’s Distinguished Service Award for outstanding contribution to the choral art. The ceremony was presided by Lieutenant Governor, Hal Jackman. In November 1997, Rosanne Simunovic was selected by the Rotary Club Of Timmins to receive the prestigious Paul Harris Award for her years of dedication to the artistic development of young musical talent in Timmins. In August of 2002, Rosanne Simunovic was selected by the Board Of Directors of Choirs Ontario to serve as Conductor of both the Provincial Junior and Teen Choir Camps, now renamed in honour of the Camp Benefactors, Don and Lillian Wright. In November 2002, Rosanne was the one of the recipients of the Commemorative Medal for the Golden Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II, honouring her work in the development of the arts in Timmins. Under Rosanne Simunovic’s direction, the Timmins Youth Singers and the Timmins Concert Singers have been featured in numerous choral festivals and performing opportunities outside of Timmins. In 1985, they were selected to partici

12 Responses to “Jason Castro Stocking Stuffer: White Christmas”

  1. My very great pleasure, MCL!!

    For the rest of the non-US citizens who might like to hear this song, it is now also available as a free download from ReverbNation and from JasonCastroMusic.com–Happy holidays!

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  2. Oops! I messed up the code on that second link. But you CAN get it at JasonCastroMusic.com: click on “News”–if you click the item that reads “Merry Christmas from Jason! Download”, you will find a direct dowload link!

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  3. Thanks for adding this link to Jason’s site ReReader. This is such a beautiful rendition of this song – pure Jason. Very gentle and so expressive. I am loving it!

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  4. Thank you for your review Masterclass Lady.
    Jason’s rendition of White Christmas is hauntingly beautiful. I never get tired of listening to it.

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  5. It always excites me when someone with more musical knowledge than i have ‘gets’ Jason. He is the real deal, and i never tire hearing him. He doesn’t just sing. There a plenty who do that, and some might say do it better than Jason. (THEY BE WRONG!!) but that is a matter of opinion and personal taste. The thing about Jason is that he inhabits the melody and lyrics, finds the emotional center of what he is singing and like the true flight of an arrow pierces our hearts and makes us feel what he is feeling. Time after time on Idol and after, he has done this. Those who hear not just with the ear, but with the heart and soul get Jason. Thank you, MCL, for your review of White Christmas.

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  6. It’s amazing how Jason can make you “feel” with his music. I was still in Garland for the Christmas Concert when the download became available. I listened to it with my JCM roomies Amberscape, Lakendra and Ilene1024 and we got the biggest smile on our face when we heard Jason’s little giggle at the end. Most artists would edit that out … but not our Jason. The next day at the airport, we shared the earbuds on the ipod to listen to White Christmas again. This time, we all had tears welling up in our eyes … full of pride and hope that all of Jason’s dreams come true! Merry Christmas everyone!

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  7. Thank you for the links to the song and for the review. I enjoyed watching Jason on American Idol. I’m happy that he put out a holiday song. I really like his unique version of “White Christmas.” Good for him. I hope that he makes a CD soon.

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  8. I have missed being here! Rereader, we can always count on you to find wonderful things about Jason. Thank you so much!

    MCL, reading your interpretation of Jason’s voice and delivery is breathtaking. It flows with the beauty that this young man presents us. Becky, your words just revive my thoughts and feelings about Jason and his beautiful, unique voice. What a beautiful song!

    When I was growing up, ‘White Christmas’ – the music and song were so much apart of my life. What a wonderful journey it has been with Jason Castro!

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  9. MCL, once again right on. The purity of Jason’s voice coupled with his ability to emotive take listeners on a journey that goes straight to the heart.

    Jason thank you for this wonderful Christmas Gift. It is one I will treasure and enjoy year after year.

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  10. So sweet of Jason to give “White Christmas” this holiday. Thanks for your review, MCL. I loved Jason during AI08. His creative, natural approach to singing is so refreshing. And his “White Christmas” fills my heart with JOY. He really communicates the joy of singing.

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