Dee Snider + Lzzy Hale Team up for “The Magic of Christmas Day” Duet

  • Axl Rosenberg

Dee Snider is half-Jewish. But that’s not enough for him to spare us more holiday music. Bummer.

The Twisted Sister singer’s contribution to the celebration of the wrong birthday for one of history’s three most famous carpenters arrives in the form of “The Magic of Christmas Day,” which Snider performs as a duet with Halestorm’s Lzzy Hale.

Says Mr. Snider of the song:

“Originally written and recorded as a Christmas gift for my wife Suzette with no plan for commercial release, years later ‘The Magic of Christmas Day (God Bless Us Everyone)’ was discovered and recorded by Celine Dion for her holiday record These Are Special Times, which went on to become the biggest selling holiday album in history — and is the reason we refer to her as ‘Saint Celine’ in my house. When it was recently suggested that I should finally record this song myself, I knew I needed to bring in a young powerhouse vocalist to not only duet with me, but light a Yuletide fire under my ass! I only knew of one rock vocalist who could deliver on all those fronts, and she did in spades: the incredible Lzzy Hale of Halestorm!” 

Wait wait wait… Celine Dion sings a song Dee Snider wrote? And this happened over twenty years ago (These Are Special Times came out in ’98 — I just looked it up). How has no one ever mentioned this to me? Shouldn’t we be discussing this, like, ALWAYS? I mean…

But I digress.

Ms. Hale adds:

“If you’re ever in your life gonna go full on, all gas, no brakes ‘Christmas Cheer,’ you do it Dee Snider-style. I was so honored to get the call from Dee on his holiday classic ‘The Magic of Christmas Day.’ After exchanging a few very affectionate ‘[email protected]&k yous’ as we rediscovered our respect and admiration for each other’s talent, the final recording produced by the legendary Jeff Pilson is insanely epic. Thank you so much to everyone for having me. And considering we will ALL be experiencing a very different holiday season in 2020, I hope that this song brings you joy and puts a smile on your face. God bless us everyone!”

I was really hoping Lzzy’s statement might reveal she once wrote a song for Michael Bolton, but alas, no such luck.

You can listen to Dee Snider and Lzzy Hale’s “The Magic of Christmas Day” below. It’s also available via all DSPs at this location.

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