Michele Mele is celebrating Christmas Time In Canada with her new holiday single — showcasing today on Tinnitist.
Despite having graced some prestigious stages, it’s all about home for Mele. Look no further than her YouTube shows Michele in the Kitchen (where she reveals the secrets of home cooking) and Concerts at Michele’s (where she meets famous musicians in a comfortable domestic atmosphere of her Schomberg, Ont. home).
So it’s a little wonder that her latest release is the new original song Christmas Time In Canada, the followup to her previously released Cozy Christmas EP of seasonal favourites like The Christmas Song, Let It Snow, Merry Little Christmas and Winter Wonderland. Michele adds her personal touch to the perennials, making them her own with her deceptively calm delivery.
The disc’s history runs back to 2012 when Mele had an idea of making a Xmas album in a bossa nova style and, both surprisingly and understandably, could not wait until winter to lay down the record’s first tune. “We recorded Winter Wonderland on a hot summer day,” says Mele. “And I remember sitting on the deck at our cottage on Lake Wah Wash Kesh that weekend, listening to the first mix and just loved it! I was so happy that [producer] Greg [Kavanagh] found a way to include that beautiful harp glissando!”