Grammy-nominated, multi-Platinum recording artist Jordin Sparks has just released a Christmas stocking of festive tracks with Epidemic Sound. Excited? Us too. Keep reading for all the details and a chat with Jordin herself.
What is Jordin Sparks releasing for Christmas?
Jordin signed with Epidemic Sound in October 2023; these are the first recordings to come from that partnership. The collection, titled The Gift of Christmas, is a four-track EP released on November 21, 2023.
Jordin is a singer-songwriter and actor who rose to fame in 2007, after winning season six of American Idol – the series’ youngest champion. She’s since performed on Broadway and film, co-written for the likes of Ariana Grande, and received Platinum certification for her singles Battlefield, Tattoo, and No Air.
Where can you stream Jordin Sparks’ holiday tracks?
You can listen to Jordin’s heartwarming takes on Christmas classics, including Jingle Bells, Silent Night, O Come, All Ye Faithful, and Angels Have We Heard On High, through your usual digital service platforms like Spotify, Tidal, and Apple Music.
Jordin’s partnership with Epidemic Sound will continue in 2024 – stay tuned for more!
The covers will also be available to license exclusively with Epidemic Sound. Our royalty-free license allows creators and businesses to soundtrack their holiday content safely – and in style, with Jordin Sparks, no less!
Interested in using Jordin’s Christmas tunes for your content? Click below for access, alongside a whole host of holiday music from Epidemic Sound.
’Tis the season for holiday sparkle
Jordin’s covers were recorded with live strings, brass, and a choir – she went the whole hog and then some. To celebrate, we chatted to Jordin about all things jingly.
What inspired you to dive into Christmas music for this project?
Jordin Sparks: What inspired me to dive into Christmas music? I love Christmas! I was born three days before Christmas, so I feel like it kind of runs through my veins. But I love the opportunity to be able to do some traditional songs and sing the songs that everybody knows and loves.
How does being part of Epidemic Sound align with your personal values as an artist?
JS: I’m always open to trying new things, even if it has never been done before. Epidemic Sound’s 50/50 royalty split, upfront payment, and the freedom for artists to choose their own path and work on different projects at the same time is unique, and the reason why it was a no-brainer for me to work with them.
Reflecting on your journey in the music industry, is there one pivotal moment that you believe has most defined your artistic identity and shaped the artist you are today?
JS: I was on the set of [the 2012 film] Sparkle, and we were waiting for [the] camera to turn around. Whitney [Houston] was in the room, Tamela [Mann] was in the room, Tika [Sumpter], Carmen [Ejogo] – I'm sure there were other people there. But we were all sitting and waiting, and we started listening to some music. [They] put on this song, and I'm like, ‘Oh my gosh, here comes the note that I love!’, and it ended up being Tamela [on the song].
I had never put the two together, and I was just in awe. I was like, ‘Wow, I wish I could do that.’ And Whitney turned her head so quickly, and said, ‘You can do that.’ Point-blank, she looked me straight in the eye, and was just like, ‘Don't ever let anybody tell you [that] you can’t, even yourself.’ And I have carried that with me ever since.
I was so new to everything. It was my first film, I was with all these heavy-hitter actresses and actors, and I just was like, ‘How am I here?’, you know? But as an adult now, looking back, I deserved to be there. I auditioned, I did the part, and I put in the work. For her to say that was really poignant, and [it] definitely stuck with me.
How do you celebrate Christmas, and do you have any special plans this year?
JS: Well, the first thing is I start listening to Christmas music in the -ber months: September, October, November, December. It starts in September, okay?
Now that I have my own little family, we're trying to form our own traditions. [Jordin’s son] DJ has a little Christmas tree in his room. It's already up, and I've already started putting lights up.
I love being able to make it magical for DJ. That's really the point now. As a kid, it was magical for me, and I want to be able to make it magical for him.
Jordin Sparks’ ‘The Gift of Christmas’ is available now via Epidemic Sound and other digital service platforms. Give it a listen below and start decking some halls.