Rising pop singer and songwriter JULIANA. has collaborated with friend, performance artist and tech entrepreneur Izzy Pollak for a reimagined version of Ariana Grande’s “Santa Tell Me” as a charity single this holiday season. The pair has stripped down the upbeat pop song to create an emotive R&B-influenced duet. “Santa Tell Me” marks the lead single off Pollak’s debut release, a holiday EP titled It’s Never Too Early, dropping December 18th. All proceeds from listens of “Santa Tell Me” and the forthcoming EP will be donated to CASA of Los Angeles, helping children in LA County’s child welfare system. For more information or to donate directly, visit www.casala.org.
“I couldn’t be more excited to release my first Christmas song, especially during a time like this when I think everyone could use a bit more holiday cheer than normal,” shares JULIANA. “Christmas has always been a holiday that’s near and dear to me and being able to share this moment with my close friend and super talented artist Izzy Pollak is the icing on the cake. Izzy and I decided to re-do one of our favorite holiday tracks, ‘Santa Tell Me’ by Ariana Grande. With my pop-inspired songwriting and Izzy’s raspy vocal tone, we thought this song would be a perfect baseline to get our creative juices flowing and craft something unique and different from the original. We wanted to strip down the production a bit and focus on the lyrics because there’s so much emotion behind each word being sung. By highlighting the emotion of the track, we want to connect with listeners on a deeper level and give them something that resonates internally. We hope this song gets everyone feeling warm during the cold winter nights and brings some holiday spirit during a time where we need it most. Let the holiday countdown begin!”
“About a month ago, I was bitten by the idea of raising money for charity through my passion for singing, so I got some of my most incredibly talented friends together to make an eclectic holiday album called It’s Never Too Early,” adds Pollak. “Growing up Jewish, I always loved Christmas and what it brings this time of year. The music and holiday vibes, driving around neighborhoods seeing lights, family dinners, sleigh bells ringing, friends all around, and so on. Christmas music became associated with family time over the holidays and, while I love spinning dreidels and listening to Adam Sandler like the next mensch, Christmas music just did it for me. It had nothing to do with the manger, Jesus or anything religious, it was just the feeling of Christmas I couldn’t get over. This project is designed with the intention of bringing that joy to kids stuck in the foster care system as ALL proceeds from listens and direct donations will be sent to CASA of Los Angeles. ‘Santa Tell Me’ is the first track on the album that we’re sharing publicly. I’m so grateful to have had the chance to collaborate with JULIANA. as my partner in crime in bringing our rendition of Ariana Grande’s holiday jam back from 2014. I hope it brings a smile to your face and warmth to your holiday vibe! Merry Christmas & Happy Hanukkah!”
Growing up with a blind pianist as a grandfather, music has always been in Izzy Pollak’s DNA. Following endless requests from his followers on TikTok to release music, the California native, who works full-time in the tech sphere, decided he’d drop his freshman release as a charity Christmas album and help kids in foster care. Even though he’s Jewish, Christmas music has always played a huge part in his life as his stepmom brought the holiday into his house at a young age. “Santa Tell Me” is a preview of what’s to come on It’s Never Too Early, a real labor of love for the artist and activist, who hopes to bring joy and happiness to many this holiday season. Look for the next release off the collection “Single All The Way” to be released on December 11th and then check out It’s Never Too Early on December 18th on Spotify and Apple Music.