Mariah Carey’s Magical Christmas Special from Apple TV+ and Mariah Carey debuted globally Today (Dec 4) on Apple TV+.
Along with the new special, the former American Idol judge dropped a new music video from the special. In it, Mariah teams up with fellow Divas Jennifer Hudson and Ariana Grande to sing the 60’s girl group inspired “Oh Santa.”
The special’s lineup also features Tiffany Haddish, Billy Eichner, Snoop Dogg, Jermaine Dupri, Misty Copeland and Mykal-Michelle Harris. Mariah’s twins (with ex-husband, The Masked Singer host, Nick Cannon) Moroccan and Monroe also make special appearances.
Mariah saves Christmas…
The special tells a story: Faced with a holiday cheer crisis, the North Pole knows there’s only one person who can save the day: Santa’s great friend, Mariah Carey. Combining musical performances, dynamic dancing and groundbreaking animation, the singer jumps into action to create a holiday spectacular to make the whole world merry. Fun fact: Snoop plays Santa!
“I wrote ‘Oh Santa!’ for my album Merry Christmas II You, which was sort of the follow-up to my first Christmas album…we have several,” Mariah told Billboard. “And so I think it was all about the actual event, of course, of doing ‘Oh Santa!’ with Jennifer and Ari, but it was also like, how do I see this as a producer? How do I see these vocals having different textures, what are they?”
“Because originally, I was blending with myself, which that’s kind of one of my favorite things, but it was cool to be able to work with the different vocal textures and play around with it and reimagine it,” Mariah explained. “So that’s what happened. And visually, in the special, it really does feel like a girl group moment. I think we all had a good time with it. That was the fun part about it.”
Watch American Idol alum and former The Voice coach Jennifer Hudson, Mariah Carey and Ariana Grande get busy with Santa’s Elves. Mariah and Ariana actually throw down some whistle note harmonies. YES WAY. The song is now available to download an stream.